The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
New Year’s resolutions have never been my thing—they don’t seem to stick and just leave you feeling crappy by the time February rolls around. So for many years, instead of making resolutions, I have chosen a word to be my inspiration and guide for each New Year.
What I found is that rather than creating another exhausting list of goals (hello pitta girl), a single word inspires, empowers and connects me to something more meaningful. What’s more, it keeps me connected to my intention and becomes my personal mantra.
Each year I look forward to choosing my word. I have created a ritual that is part process and part intuition. On New Year’s Day I head to my meditation space, sit on my cushion, breathe and reflect. I clear space in my mind, decide how I want to feel in the coming year, what kinds of experiences I want to have and how I want to live. I then make a list of words that align with my vision.
Next I cull the list. From the short list one word usually stands out more than others and that becomes my word for the year. The final step is to write my word on a pretty piece of paper and place it on my alter. Seeing my word daily keeps me focused and is a reminder of who I am aiming to be.
Some of my past words were:
- Abundant, and
Choosing a word is completely individual. But, I’ve put together a list of words that have been coming up for me this week as we head into the new year. Maybe you’ll use one of these words, or maybe this will lead you to find your own perfect word of the year.
Ask yourself how do you want to feel in 2018?
This year, I invite you to try something different. Forget resolutions and choose a word instead. I’ll be sure to share my word for 2018 on the blog. Share yours too!
Wishing you Vibrant Living,