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My “word” for the new year…

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Mary Mix, a colleague and friend of mine, shared this inspirational tradition she started that encourages us to stop and reflect on the year that has past and choose a word that will take us through the new year. In the spirit of being in the first week of 2010, I wanted to share it with you. Following is an explanation about the tradition and the Wordle above is a visual of some of the words that were selected by friends this year. My word is: Focus. I just love the simplicity of the exercise and it’s so easy to remember everyday! If you feel inclined, please share your word as a comment. -K.

How the tradition got started (from Mary):

At a dinner party over a decade ago, we were all lamenting the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. We all had them, or attempted a list, but we never managed to fulfill them and it made us feel bad. So we scrapped the whole idea. Instead, we each came up with a single word that would set the tone for the year to come. It could be anything, it just had to inspire you. The idea is that this is YOUR word for the whole year – a singular rallying cry, intention, reminder, kick in the pants, inspiring thought…. use it however you like. Live it for the year. See how you feel.

Choosing your word:

Everyone has a different process. The idea is to keep it simple and choose something that is meaningful and personal.