I recently came across Susannah Conway’s Find Your Word 2016 mini-course (free!), and I was intrigued. The basic idea is that instead of making tons of resolutions at the beginning of a new year only to give up halfway through when your priorities change or whatever, you find one word to focus on for the year, and that word becomes a guide for you.
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Immediately, the word that came to mind for me was NURTURE.
Somehow it just felt right for me, but I decided to take the 5-day mini course anyway, and even after the course was done I took a few days to make sure that I wanted to go with this word.
I thought about my goals and plans and the things I wanted to achieve in 2016. I wanted to be more creative, so I thought of the word CREATE. I also wanted to write more, so I thought of the word WRITE. I wanted to be fitter and healthier, and FIT, MOVEMENT, and HEALTHY came to mind. I also wanted to be more MINDFUL.
I mulled over each word in turn… CREATE is great, but I realized that I didn’t want it to be my word in 2016 because I don’t want to focus on creating new things. Creating *some* new things are definitely in my plans, but I wanted to also nurture the things I already have instead of creating new everythings. WRITE was high up on the list, because I wanted to write more. In fact, I wanted to write about everything if I could, spend the time to think about things and find ways to put my thoughts and feelings into words. But I didn’t want to *only* write.
Each word was given a lot of thought, and there were some I really liked, but in the end I decided that NURTURE was the word I wanted, the best word to help me achieve what I wanted to achieve.
I can NURTURE my body, to be fit and healthy, and eat foods that NURTURE me. I can NURTURE my writing and my creativity, so that I’m writing and creating things that I care about and not just churning out meaningless word after word after word. I can NURTURE my spirit and soul, to be mindful and to meditate when I can. I can NURTURE my relationships with my husband, my family, and my friends. I can NURTURE my business, so that it can grow in the direction I want it to go.
The word NURTURE just fit for me in 2016.
The best part is that there isn’t any pressure to achieve any goals, the way there usually is if I made resolutions; if I happen to forget to NURTURE, I’ll just NURTURE and forgive myself, and remind myself to do better.
If you think this is a great idea, head over to Susannah Conway’s blog and find out how you can find your word for 2016 too.
Wishing you the best year ever 2016!