Find Your Word for 2017 Instead of a Resolution
I don't know how I've never heard of this before.
While I'm not the biggest fan of resolutions—mainly because they rarely work and then I'm left feeling like a failure by February—I still like to embrace the New Year as a time for hopeful self-improvement. Which is why I love the idea of choosing a single word to carry with me throughout the year rather than a resolution. Unlike a resolution, I can't break a word—it's there only as encouragement rather than a rule or restriction. A word is flexible. I can't fail a word.
There are some helpful tips online for helping you find your word, but my favorite is a 5-day email newsletter course by Susannah Conway. (It's free. Go sign up.) I actually waited until I had all 5 emails, then sat down one quiet afternoon with my journal and a cup of tea. The exercises were wonderfully insightful, and there was even a guided meditation on envisioning your perfect day.
In the end, I chose two words for 2017 (Susannah said that was ok)—SHINE and SURRENDER. SHINE because I feel like there's a lot of muck built up in me from 2016 and I need to SHINE through it, and SURRENDER because there will be things I just can't change this year, and to be able to SURRENDER and direct my energy elsewhere will make me a much happier person.
Hugs and bućas!