Each year I select a guiding word (Word-of-the-Year) for the year ahead and begin a new journal, something I've been doing for almost 20 years. It takes several months before I finally decide on the word and this year I've selected LISTEN. Last year I chose 'JOY' and it certainly was filled with joy, though not without its challenges. This year I want to pay more attention to what I really want and need in my life, and in order to do that, I think I need to listen more to the options available to me and to take time to consider if that is what I truly want or need. My husband has always told me that I don't need to make a decision quickly, and sometimes not at all, but that is sometimes a challenge for me as I often feel obligated to answer immediately. So, I'll take this time to slow down and consider things more carefully. I'm looking forward to that.
I never limit myself in these journals and include everything from to-do lists, quotes, dreams, sketches, and daily (when I feel like it) journalling. I even tape in my annual horoscope, photos or tickets from an event...whatever catches my eye/mind. And I always include whatever I am grateful for, from books I've read to sunrises to my home and family to new ideas. Anything goes.
To see my previous choices and the reasons behind them, please visit my website here.