I can't believe that this is my 11th year of setting intentions for the year ahead by selecting a word instead of making resolutions. My initial introduction to this was through motivational speaker Christine Kane who suggests you can change your life by anwering a few questions:
1. What really matters?
2. What am I avoiding by worrying?
3. Whose business am I in mentally instead of my own?
4. Where can I spend money, save time or reduce stress?
5. Is the peace I'm seeking already here?
Each time I have selected a word to guide me during the year, it is sometimes meant to force me to step out of my shell and other times to encourage me to sit more quietly. And often I have an artisan create something for me to celebrate that word, and often order several items (sometimes jewellery or pottery) so that I can share my favorite guiding word with friends and family.
I also label a journal/sketchbook every year so that I can track my year, both the ups and downs, in order to see how my chosen word affects my choices and how I treat opportunities.
Previous words have been: