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After the rush and excitement of Christmas, we are full of food, short of cash, and ready for the new year. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked someone about their holiday, and they replied, “It was good, but I’m ready to get back in a routine.” And the truth is, we may dread going back to work, but deep down, we are somewhat relieved that Christmas is over. In other words, we are excited to fall back into our every day tasks.  Why is that?

I think it’s because there’s something special about a new year. Having rested and spent time with family, we are full of pent-up energy and momentum, ready to tackle the new year head-on. We take the clean slate of a new year and run with it, setting new goals and believing we can do anything and everything. So, one of the ways I use my momentum is by choosing a word to focus on for the upcoming year…a word that inspires me and helps shape my upcoming year.

I use Susannah Conway’s process to choose my word for the year, and if you have not checked out her 5 Day Process, um, you just need to. Here are some of my words from previous years:

2018: Invigorate
2017: Focus

My word for 2019 is “centered.”

Centered, by definition, means “a person well-balanced and confident or serene.” I have really been feeling called to this word for a while now.  This past year was very tough…there was a great loss, a lot of worrying about where my son would go to college, growing and transitioning my business and not to mention all the negativity and hatred in the world right now. This year I knew I needed a word that would get me back to the center of me…more self-care, less worry, saying ‘no’ more, setting boundaries, time with friends and family and exercising my mind and body. After working through a few words (grounded, content, balance) I felt ‘centered’ was exactly what I needed.  

Susannah also does “tarotscopes” and here’s what mine said: “LEO: This is going to be a year of self-excavation, which might sound intimidating but the truth is you’re already on this path. In 2019 you’re making time for yourself and taking responsibility for your own health and happiness.  You’re blossoming.” (Y’all, I LOVE this so much and it confirmed for me that my word is perfect)

I wish you all a wonderful New Year’s, and I am excited for what is to come in 2019. Let me know what word you choose for this year!


Seek joy,