For most people, January means New Year’s resolutions. For many years, I stopped making resolutions, because I knew I would only feel guilty, bad, disappointed, _______(fill in the blank) because I didn’t stick with it. For a while, my New Year’s resolution was to NOT make New Year’s resolutions.
But last year, I made a change. I decided to have a “Word of the Year.” Last year’s word was DECLUTTER. A decluttered home brings peace, serenity and space. A decluttered mind also brings peace, serenity and space. Tidiness can bring about happiness and can be quite profound. So, did I succeed at decluttering? You bet! I took carloads of stuff to be donated and I decluttered out some of the bad relationships and bad thoughts that didn’t serve me. Is my life 100% decluttered? No, but it’s a much nicer feeling now than when I started.
The best thing about having a “Word of the Year” is that it’s fluid. When I started with the word DECLUTTER, I had an idea what that meant, but I noticed that as the year unfolded, so did my definition of declutter. There was no beginning and no ending. I knew I was onto something and decided to make this a tradition.
This year’s word is ACTUALIZE. I want to actualize what I’ve been wanting, what I’ve been thinking of doing, and those things that I know are good for me that I don’t always do. I want to make things happen. This is the year of ACTUALIZING!
It’s so invigorating to not really know what that means. There are no definite boundaries of what is right and wrong. I don’t have a plan for the year that says, “I have to do this or that.” In fact, as my year progresses, I’m sure that what that word means to me may even change. It’ has motion and grows with me as I grow and change as my year plays out.
What word speaks to you for 2015?
I want to help you actualize your word (there I go, already starting with the word in a way I hadn’t originally intended)!
Please visit me in the HealthSpan Be Well Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HealthspanBeWell/) and share what your “word of the year” is. There’s no right or wrong – it’s your word.
Its amazing how powerful just one word can be.
Christy Lonergan, CHHC AADP
Holistic Health Coach