Self-care Express: Word of the Year
Hello friends! I hope you had a beautiful New Year and are ready for the fresh and new. Sure, it’s just a date. But the turn of the year somehow packs a lot of symbolic power. We can take that natural surge of energy to the next level with a well-chosen word of the year (or WOTY, if you like).
If you haven’t picked a word yet for this year, but you did last year, start by taking a minute to check in with 2023. How did your word relate to the year? What happened?
If the word you picked influenced your life—the whole point—perhaps we can use last year’s outcome to tweak this year’s word.
Here are some ideas
You can go simple and focused: Cultivate. Steward. Gratitude. Generosity. Those are obvious ones, maybe, but WOTY is not an “elevated vibes only” exercise.
Your guiding word could be Cheese. Heiress. Oaxaca.
You can be maximal, if you prefer, and go multi-word. I mean, there are 365 days to cover—unless you get 366, as we will this year—and maybe you’re no minimalist.
I didn’t stint last year. I had three words (plus arrows): Capacity → Agency → Money. (Oh yeah, I went straight there. MONEY. I told people about it, too.) And I added a sidecar reminder, courtesy of Kate Davies, “Don’t ask.” She meant “permission,” and when it’s Kate Davies putting down that kind of encouragement, I’m picking it up.
Usually I will pick a word to vibe to. It’s about how I want to feel.
This year it’s not about feelings. Instead it’s about action. So my word is a verb, and I’ve used it like a hypnotic command, a marching order. I’ve preprogrammed myself to do this: Choose. As in, “Don’t dither, Max! You don’t have that kind of time.”
I am genuinely excited to see what will happen for me as a result.
It’s all up to you, but I will say this: your word has a way of shaping the year that can really surprise you.
One last idea: you can keep your word of the year close to your vest, if that would have more power for you. Or you can tell us all below in the comments, which is also quite a gathering of power, and we can all share in the majesty!