choose your word

Have you selected your word for the year yet?

I started doing this three years ago and I love this now ritual. When I chose my first word for the year, I didn’t know it was a thing. It just felt so good to come up with a special overarching word for myself that fit how I wanted to feel in the brand year year. I found I kept repeating the process every January.

In this blog post, I’ll share with you:

    • What is a Word for the Year? (plus a book suggestion)
    • 181 Word for the Year Suggestions
    • The most popular word in my Facebook and Instagram communities
    • A list of 22 other popular words
    • What to do if you just can’t pick one word or any word for this year
    • My word for 2019
    • DOWNLOAD a free Word for the Year wall card/coloring page

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What is a Word for the Year?

It’s a word you choose as a theme for the year. Is there a feeling or state you want to move toward? Happy, Renewed, Committed, Inspired? Is there a feeling or state you want to move away from? Disappointment, Fear, Grief, Complacency?

Now that I think of it, this reminds me of a chapter in my GOAT self-help book, Awaken the Giant Within, by Tony Robbins. I discovered this book decades after it was written and it is one of those things that for me has withstood the test of time. For some reason, I found Chapter 15 (Life Values) of the book overwhelming. Tony suggests you write out a list of your Top 10 Moving-Toward Values and your Top 10 Moving-Away-From Values – and to use this list to clarify the priorities of your life and therefore, shape your destiny. He suggests you “condition yourself to use them as your new compass” in life.

I don’t think I really found an easy, fun way to do this (keep the desired emotional states top of mind) until I started choosing a word for the year.

Maybe I had to take it one word at a time.

(Note: I do recommend checking out Awaken the Giant Within if you find those exercises at all interesting. You can probably borrow it from your library.)

Around Christmas-time, I felt inspired to choose my “one word” a bit early. I did a little research to see what other women were picking. After doing an in-depth survey of the responses in my Facebook and Instagram communities, I asked my close people IRL and also brainstormed some of my own fave words such as “whitespace.” I came up with a list of 181 word suggestions that I believe is a good representation of what female bloggers and entrepreneurs, mommy-bloggers-to be, crafters, creatives and students are focusing on in 2019.

I spent some quality time researching and brainstorming words of the year, so I decided to make this my first blog post of my new blog so I could share this information with you.

181 Word Suggestions for Your Word of the Year 2019

  1. Abundance
  2. Accomplished
  3. Adapt
  4. Advance
  5. Adventure
  6. Align
  7. Anchor
  8. Authentic
  9. Aware
  10. Balance
  11. Become
  12. Begin
  13. Believe
  14. Better
  15. Blessed
  16. Bold
  17. Boundaries
  18. Brave
  19. Breathe
  20. Bright
  21. Build
  22. Calm
  23. Capable
  24. Celebrate
  25. Centered
  26. Change
  27. Cherished
  28. Clarity
  29. Classy
  30. Commit
  31. Commitment
  32. Communication
  33. Compassion
  34. Complete
  35. Confidence
  36. Connection
  37. Conquer
  38. Consistent
  39. Contentment
  40. Courage
  41. Create
  42. Creativity
  43. Cultivate
  44. Declutter
  45. Dedicated
  46. Delight
  47. Dependable
  48. Determined
  49. Devotion
  50. Direction
  51. Discipline
  52. Discover
  53. Dream
  54. Ease
  55. Embrace
  56. Empowered
  57. Encourage
  58. Enjoy
  59. Enlightened
  60. Enough
  61. Expand
  62. Explore
  63. Faith
  64. Family
  65. Fearless
  66. Fierce
  67. Finish
  68. Fit
  69. Focus
  70. Forgiveness
  71. Forward
  72. Foundation
  73. Free
  74. Freedom
  75. Friendship
  76. Gentleness
  77. Give
  78. Glow
  79. Grace
  80. Graceful
  81. Gratitude
  82. Grounded
  83. Grow
  84. Happiness
  85. Healing
  86. Heart
  87. Home
  88. Honesty
  89. Hope
  90. Immerse
  91. Improve
  92. Inspire
  93. Integrity
  94. Intentional
  95. Intuition
  96. Journey
  97. Joy
  98. Kind
  99. Kindness
  100. Learn
  101. Light
  102. Listen
  103. Love
  104. Loyalty
  105. Mindfulness
  106. Motion
  107. Motivation
  108. Nourish
  109. Open
  110. Organized
  111. Passion
  112. Patience
  113. Peace
  114. Persevere
  115. Play
  116. Positivity
  117. Possibilities
  118. Potential
  119. Power
  120. Prayer
  121. Present
  122. Progress
  123. Purpose
  124. Quiet
  125. Radiant
  126. Rebuild
  127. Rediscover
  128. Reflect
  129. Refresh
  130. Reinvention
  131. Relationships
  132. Relax
  133. Release
  134. Renew
  135. Renewal
  136. Reset
  137. Rest
  138. Restore
  139. Rise
  140. Self-Acceptance
  141. Self-Care
  142. Service
  143. Shine
  144. Simplify
  145. Slow
  146. Softness
  147. Soul
  148. Sparkle
  149. Spirituality
  150. Stability
  151. Start
  152. Steady
  153. Stillness
  154. Strength
  155. Support
  156. Surrender
  157. Teach
  158. Tender
  159. Thankful
  160. Thrive
  161. Tranquil
  162. Transformation
  163. Transparency
  164. Travel
  165. Trust
  166. Truth
  167. Unconditional
  168. Unstoppable
  169. Uplift
  170. Valued
  171. Visible
  172. Vision
  173. Wellness
  174. Whitespace
  175. Whole
  176. Wonder
  177. Worksheet
  178. Worth
  179. Worthy
  180. Yes
  181. Zen

What do you think was the most popular word chosen?

BELIEVE

From that list of 181 above, here are some other popular words:

  1. Balance
  2. Begin
  3. Commit
  4. Contentment
  5. Discover
  6. Empowered
  7. Focus
  8. Gratitude
  9. Grow
  10. Intentional
  11. Kindness (or Kind)
  12. Nourish
  13. Organize
  14. Present
  15. Progress
  16. Reflect
  17. Release
  18. Rise
  19. Self-Care
  20. Simplify
  21. Trust
  22. Wonder

What if you can’t pick just one word?

Ok, if you (like me) can’t just pick just one word, you can pull one word (from your top picks) and add a correlating phrase, use two or three words or you can break your list down to 12 words and create your own little Word for the Month 2019 Calendar (more about that later). Or you can choose a a simple phrase alone that captures the vibe you are craving.

Here are some examples:

  1. Enough (I am enough)
  2. Progress (Progress not Perfection) – Variation 1
  3. Grace (Grace not Perfection) – Variation 2 – – – This is mine!
  4. Rise + Shine
  5. Sparkle & Glow
  6. Enough (I am enough)
  7. Faith (Walk in Faith)

What if you just can’t choose any Word for the Year?

Just skip it. It shouldn’t be frustrating or stressful to choose your word. It should feel exciting and make you happy.  Maybe it’s not for you . . . a this time. Or now that you’ve opened up to it, a special word might come to you later in the year.

Have you chosen the perfect word for you for 2019? Celebrate!

Want a free Word for the Year wall hanging that is also a coloring page?

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