Over the years I’ve read loads of blog posts and articles about choosing one word as a guide for the year, something to focus on, to find solace in, something to help you find the right path. It can be a challenge, an affirmation, a goal; it’s a single word that describes the what, where, when, how and why for you during the year ahead.
I’ve toyed with participating, but never committed… actually that in itself is part of the reason for my choice. But what I know is that I need to take some time and space for myself this year to decide what I want, and then the courage to move forward.
And so here is my word for 2015.
It means a lot of things. It’s getting out of the shadows. Doing things I wouldn’t normally do. Doing the things I’ve been dreaming about but never actually taking that first step.
It means painting beautiful furniture and making bold choices with colour, pattern and style.
It means really looking at my health and habits. Oh lord… this is a big scary, ugly one.
And it means making difficult and uncomfortable decisions, even when I don’t want to.
Each month I will challenge myself to share a ‘brave’ post with you. Something that has taken me out of my comfort zone, been a step forward for me, or in some way shows how ‘brave’ is impacting on my life. I’m scared, and I’m running through all the excuses not to do write it down here so that I don’t have to. But that’s fear right? I will do it. I will be brave.
If you’d like to find out more you can check out Ali Edwards website here, who started sharing her process in 2006. Ali explains the idea beautifully, and even offers workshops to support you through the year. I’ve signed up for her year long workshop and will share my thoughts as I go along.
My word popped into my head almost immediately, and if this happens for you, fantastic! If it doesn’t, take a few days to think about it. Go about your usual day, maybe spend a few minutes at the end of each day thinking about your day and the things that you loved and loathed. You can try meditation, journaling, flicking through your favourite book or listening to a favourite song… whatever gets your mind working. A word, feeling or idea will start to form. Then try it out, think about all the ways it applies to your life. Check a thesaurus for variations if you need to! I promise you will know it when you find it.
If you’d like some inspiration, here are some great posts from others who’ve shared their word for 2015…
- Sarah at Sarah’s Heart Writes word for the year is Health. She is a beautiful writer, sharing personal stories and insights. You can check out her post here.
- Janelle at The Janelle Wind Collection has chosen Happy for 2015. Janelle is actually the blogger / creative inspiration that first introduced me to the idea of choosing a word rather than making a resolution. You can read her post here.
- Tash at Little Bit of Thyme has chosen Simplify. She also very kindly made all her facebook followers a lovely little poster to record their word…
- Clare from Girl Fifteen chose Lambent… which I’d never even heard of before! If you haven’t either you should go check it out here!!
- Lisa from Lisa Berson is focused on Growth for 2015, and has a two other words she’s using to put that into context. You can read more here.
- Julie from Eunice and the Sparrow has chosen Untold, which I really love. Check her post out here.
- Last but not least, Sarah at ZincMoon has chosen Fun! A perfectly light hearted, bright word to end up on, you can read about it here.
I’d love to hear about your word if you’ve chosen one! If you’ve shared it online, please leave a link.