Note: This is Part 3 of a three-part series titled, “How to Find Your Perfect Word of the Year.” See Part 1: How to Choose Your Word of the Year and Part 2: 211 Word of the Year Ideas.
So you chose your word of the year. Now what?
By picking your word, you’ve set your intention or focus for the year.
To experience the magic of this practice, it helps to keep your word top of mind.
You want your word to peak out at you from several places often so you can start to condition your brain think differently. Your words and thoughts directly influence your experiences in life.
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Here are 7 creative ways to help you remember your word of the year:
One – CREATE YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL WALL ART.
Or just use mine! I created this gorgeous six-pack plus a blank you can write your own word in. You can create your own in any graphics software program such as Canva, PicMonkey, or Photoshop.
Once again, you can DOWNLOAD this gorgeous printable six-pack I made for myself and then decided to share with my readers. Grace, Believe, Joy, Renew and Thrive are included in the pack, plus a blank sheet for you to write in any word you choose. These are 8.5×11 sheets that can be printed in different sizes.
Two – DOODLE YOUR WORD AT THE TOP OF YOUR BULLET JOURNAL OR PLANNER PAGE.
Use your word of the year to inspire you to journal or reframe your thoughts and ideas through the lens of your special word. You can also DOWNLOAD and print out my Word of the Year Wall Art printables and punch to fit in your planner or binder and use as a title page before your journal page.
You can print out any of the pages at a reduced percentage to fit many planner sizes. I use the full 8.5×11 inch size for my Big Happy Planner and also for any standard size three-ring binder I have and I print it at 82 percent to fit in my Classic Size Happy Planner.
Tip: Get a pretty pen to write or doodle on your printables.
These are four pens I recommend for writing on printables, planners and journal pages:
- Pilot G2 The Original – Ok, this the OG of the planner community. I’m just sayin’. Planner girls GO WILD over this super-affordable refillable gel ink pen with comfort grip. It’s known for it’s smooth writing and it lasts long. It comes in four points and 27 colors.
- Pilot G2 Brilliant Metallics – I really like the original Pilot G2 (but my favorite black artist pen is coming up). However, this is the Pilot G2 pen that’s on my wish list: Brilliant Metallics. You can get an 8-pack for a few dollars in amazing colors. With long-lasting, refillable gel metallic ink that’s “infused with micro-metallic pigments that are engineered to bind to the writing surface instead of being absorbed, resulting in crisp, clear writing with a beautiful and unique shine.” I need these now.
- Pilot Erasable Frixion – Planner ladies love these erasable pens! They give a crisp line and come in so many stunning gel colors. I do want to try these but I live in the South and I have seen reports that the ink disappears in the heat. If, you, like me, want to try this the fun, erasable pen, just don’t leave your planners in a hot car or out at the beach.
Note: I’ve also heard that you can “bring back the ink” if you place the item in the freezer. Hmmm.
- Faber-Castell Black Artist Pens – This is my pen of choice. I love this pen in all it’s heavenly, smudge-free perfection.
It features rich, black ink and an array of point sizes and I have purchased different sized packs. This is the pack I would recommend if you don’t know your favorite point size. I use more than one every day.
- This the 8 PITT Artist Pen – Black that contains a variety of nibs that can be used for bullet journals, planners, painting, just about anything:
- Extra Superfine (XS) – .1 mm
- Superfine (S) – .3 mm
- Fine (F) – .5 mm
- Medium (M) – .7 mm
- Soft Calligraphy (SC)
- Bullet (1.5) – 1.5 mm
- Soft Chisel (SC) – 1-3 mm
- Soft Brush (SB) .5-5 mm
- Chisel (C) – 2.5 mm
- Brush (B) – 1-5 mm
- I’ve used these pents for at least two years and I still can’t say I know what my favorite points are. I like the nuance. Sometimes I want a small, sometimes a fine, sometimes a medium, sometimes a calligraphy point. And you can always use a bold. I use all of them interchangeably.
I love the feel of the pen, the way the pure black ink glides onto the paper. It’s fun to draw a heart or emoji with it. Obsessed with these pens. Can you tell?
Please note: They do have a tendency to dry out fast if you don’t keep the cap on. So the tip is please put the cap back on tightly, even if you walk away for a few minutes.
Three– SKETCH IT OUT!
Sketch it out on a blank 5×7 inch blank card and use your favorite colored markers, pens (See Tip Two for my recos.) and stickers to decorate it. Tape it on your bathroom mirror, pin it on your pin board or tuck in under car’s sun visor to keep your word of the year top of mind.
Four– DESIGN IT IN A FUN TOOL
Use Canva, PicMonkey, Google docs, PowerPoint or other similar programs to design a 4×6 inch or 5×7 inch card you can print out on glossy photo paper. Use a cute font and creative elements like this one I made for free in Canva.
See the one I made in Canva below:
Five– FIND SOME CUTE ITEMS WITH YOUR WORD
Home Good, Ross, TJMaxx, Target’s Dollar section and even the Dollar General store offer tons of decorative items that might feature your special word but it’s fast and easy to do a search on Amazon in the home or handmade sections for cute items with your word on them.
Here are some examples I found:
BREATHE – JUST BREATHE BRACELET
GRACE – SMALL SIZE RAW STEEL UNPAINTED
FLOW – COFFEE CUP
CLASSY, SASSY or A LITTLE BAD-ASSY – ETCHED TRAVEL TUMBLER STEMLESS WINE GLASS WITH STRAW
JOY – CHOOSE JOY THROW PILLOW
Six– SEARCH YOUR LIBRARY OR AMAZON FOR BOOKS
While you are on Amazon, search the book section for titles that contain your word. You can also search your library’s database.
GRACE – Book: Live in Grace, Walk in – A 365-Day Journey Love by Bob Goff
LUCK (or GOOD FORTUNE) – Conscious Luck: Eight Secrets to Intentionally Change Your Fortune
Ohmygoodness – I love this book. I am reading it now.
A blogging friend was doing a book challenge on Gay Hendricks’ book, “The Big Leap,” which ended up being a vibe-changing experience for me. It is the best book on changing negative thinking I’ve ever read. It’s a really fun read too.
It sounds crazy, I know, but since reading “The Big Leap,” I have so much positive energy freed up energy to channel into everything I want to do.
The Big Leap led me to Mr Hendricks’ other book, which I’m going to place under the Word of the Year: Joy.
JOY – The Joy of Genius by Gay Hendricks
CHANGE (OR Habits) – Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Badass, Sassy, Fierce – You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Money or Wealth- You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
Seven– PUT IN ON A VISION BOARD
You can just search Google and Pinterest for your eye-catching graphics of your words and print them out and cut out words or phrases from magazines. Paste the words on a vision board.
You can make a vision board with poster board, a fabric memo board, planner pages or vision board printables.
This wraps up this series: How to Choose Your Perfect Word of the Year.
I hope you enjoyed!
If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you can read them here.
To take the word of the year concept to the next level, I’m writing a blog post on creating a vision board that really works.
I find so intriguing the idea of retraining our brains to think more positively, creatively and intentionally and I can see where one can live more often in a state of grace and ease and in flow state by doing this kind of work (and for me, it begins with choosing a word for each year).
Thoughts are so powerful. Thoughts and words really are things.
So, that’s what’s next – figuring out some simple, creative, fun ways to vision board out dreams and goals. And of course, I’ll share some pretty printables I create for this purpose.
So that’s what’s COMING SOON . . .