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My Word of the Year

Updated: May 23, 2022

Each year I sit down and think about what I would like the coming year to encompass. I also read a lot and jot down words and ideas that touch my heart all through the year.

Over the years I have had words that were all about accomplishing things... words such as moxie, inspire and shine your light. Those years were very busy, moving forward, all about reaching goals.

Other years have been about contemplation, tucking in and taking care of myself. Last year was slow and the year before that was softness.

To have my word for 2020 be softness was so appropriate as I look back. It was our first year dealing with COVID, the year I decided to lose some weight and get healthy. I was gentle with myself and allowed my body the time it needed to work through some things.

2021 was slow. I did take it easy but it was not an easy year. I lost my step dad to cancer and so many others were lost to COVID and other health issues. It was definitely a year of great loss for many. I am so glad I had decided to slow down as it allowed me the time to go be with my mom and step dad for his final days and weeks. I loaded up the ponies and the dogs and off we went to move into their house. I am forever grateful for that time. I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life.

I ran across a beautiful post on Facebook a few weeks ago and it featured the word resilience. This resonated with me 100% as my word of the year for 2022-

Here is the post from Facebook: Posted by Tara Isis Gerris

Peacefully letting go of all things you can't control.
Keeping an open heart.
Staying calm in the eye of the storm.
Feeling grounded in your inner knowing no matter what.
Lovingly bear each other.
You consciously and continuously tap into your creative power to rediscover new positive possibilities.
Rise above fear and step into trust.
You dance with all that is still possible and with that which is not.
This is the infinite dance of life. Our own work of Art.
Count Your Blessings.

I felt this so deeply when I read it. I read it over and over and continue to go back and find it on my page. I knew I had to share it here.

This year I am hoping to spend some time camping. I didn't get to do that much over this last year. I miss it.

I am working deeply on myself, dealing with long repressed emotions and issues. I'll need to be resilient to get through it all.

We are looking to move. And this move will be far, far away. I'll have to be resilient to deal with all that entails. (We don't have a definite plan as of yet but are working towards this every day!)

I have plans for my own business and need to buckle down and focus on that as well. Learning new things and tackling the unknown definitely requires a level of resilience.

I became a bit lax with my bright lines over these last 6 months and 20 pounds crept back onto my hips, thighs and tummy. So, I need to bounce back and tackle that as well. I feel so much better at a lower weight. It's not about how I look but how much better I feel when I am lighter in body. It also lightens my spirit considerably.

It's time for me to really, truly peacefully let go of things I can't control and to feel grounded in my inner knowing, no matter what's going on around me. The swirl of life continues on and on but I don't have to get caught up in the storm, as long as I can stay grounded.

What is your word of the year? What is it you are hoping to accomplish in the coming year?

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