At the end of each year (actually—usually starting in late November) I start meditating and praying and thinking about what my theme for the next year is going to be. Or maybe theme isn’t exactly the proper term – more of where I most want my focus to be.
As 2018 drew to a close, I struggled with finding the right word for 2019. I spent hours pondering and writing words in my journal and then finding synonyms for those words and writing about the words. Some of the words were fancy schmancy with some deep meaning. Some of them were very spiritual and Christiany.
And yet, when all of the contemplating was over and my word of the year came to me, I kept thinking, “Is this really the right word? I mean it’s too simple. It’s too blah.” And as I scratched off some of the more impressive words from my list, the one I chose was for sure the wisest choice. My word for 2019 was: NEW.
At the beginning of last year, I wrote why I chose NEW (in case you’re even somewhat remotely interested, you can read about my reasons for choosing “NEW” as my word for 2019.)
In 2019, I experienced…
~Many NEW adventures;
~Visiting NEW places;
~Cultivating NEW relationships;
~Adjusting to NEWNESS as our youngest joined the Army and left a hole in our home and our hearts with his absence;
~Shifting my thinking to some NEW mindsets;
~Learning loads and loads of NEW things;
~Sharing a NEW work space with a friend and colleague;
~Seeing God perform miracles that I didn’t even know I needed to pray for, that have brought NEWNESS to me personally;
~Our family has had a sense of NEW beginnings;
~Witnessing NEW wondrous sights;
~Welcoming NEW areas of healing;
~Setting NEW boundaries for my overall health and wellbeing
… and the list goes on, but you get the picture. So even though NEW isn’t an impressive word, it packs a lot of meaning and power. NEW was certainly the best word for 2019.
Now with 2020 here, I once again had fun deciding what my word of the year was going to be. I’m in a different place than I was last year. So, I once again started journaling what I wanted for 2020.
What is my hope for 2020? What encompasses my goals for work, life and faith?
Tada! There it is. I want to PROSPER in every area of my life.
To prosper at work by pursuing the calling God placed on my heart 18 years ago after surviving breast cancer. The mission then and now is to come alongside mission-hearted women and help them prosper at work; in life and with faith. To help them make the impact they’ve been called to make and to earn a living while doing that.
To prosper in life with my husband, children, friends, clients, colleagues. To prosper financially by being a good steward of all that God provides. To prosper in health by maintaining my temple (body) by consuming healthy foods and having a regular fitness routine. To prosper in rest. (This one is hard for me. I’m always on the go!) To prosper with enjoyment, fun, laughter.
To prosper with faith by taking serious time in soul care routines: prayer, meditation, Scripture reading, praise, worship, journaling. Prospering within a church and other faith communities. Prospering by donating and volunteering for charities I support.
So far this has been all about me and that’s the point for YOU. Your word choice is all about you. It’s a personal matter between you and God. It will encompass a great meaning to you. Is it that important to choose a word? Only if you think it’s important.
Is moving forward with a purpose and a plan important to you? Is having and achieving goals important to you? Then start there. Don’t overthink it like some of us are guilty of doing (are you smiling right now?). Choose your word. And make it visible throughout every day.
Also, check out quotes or verses that mean something to you and choose a favorite quote or verse that either has your word in it or inspires you toward that which you are purposing in 2020.
If you have chosen a word, I’d love to hear all about YOUR WORD and YOUR WHY! Please share it in the comments below.