For several years I have selected a word to guide me during the year...sometimes to force me to step out of my shell and other times to encourage me to sit more quietly. And each year I have an artisan create something for me to celebrate that word, and often order several items (particularly jewellery) 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. My reasons for choosing the words can be seen here.
And this year, inspired by Tibetan prayer flags, I decided to create a Word-of-the-Year banner to remind me of my previous words and I left space to add a few more. It was a great way to use up some canvas in my studio and it makes me happy to look at every day. Currently it hangs in my studio. but I'm looking forward to hanging it in my garden this summer.