I’m a “Storyologist” so of course I love words. Funny words. Weird words. Tasty words. My favorite is my WORD OF THE YEAR.
A WORD OF THE YEAR replaces a long list of resolutions and with a single, juicy word. It can be any word that has meaning for you.
Often it’s a concept that we want to embrace.
Gratitude. Love. Forgiveness.
It can be quality that we want to embody.
Joy. Sparkle. Relax.
Or even something we want to bring more of into our lives.
Laughter. Confidence. Peace.
The idea is to use this word as a touchstone throughout the year. It’s a reminder of what you want to bring into your life.
I learned about this concept two years ago when I came acrossChristine Kane’s Word of the Year Discovery Tool. I must admit I was skeptical at first. What? Just one word? Are you kidding? I finally settled on the word CLARITY and it made a huge difference in my life.
This past year, my word was “STEP-UP” (I know. It’s technically two words, but that’s okay). I felt like I was playing small and needed to “step-up” into a bigger vision of myself. Whenever a scary situation arose where I was tempted to slip back into my old ways, I thought about my word and it gave me the extra little push I needed.
I “stepped up” and into one of the best years of my life and I think my Word(s) of the Year had a lot to do with it. That mindset led us (Kenny and myself) to an unforgettable adventure at the New York City Public Library for an all night scavenger hunt, a contest with the International Reading Association that blossomed into an ongoing partnership, and the production of a video for Scholastic that has aired in schools all over the country.
If you want help choosing your own special word, please go HERE to grab your own copy of Christine Kane’s Word of the Year Discovery Tool. When you pick your word, I would love it if you’d share it with me in the comments section!