Do you choose a word of the year? I’m not much for resolutions (I prefer to reflect and regroup several times a year) but I have been picking a word of the year for the past several years. Some people think it’s a silly useless idea and others seem to regard it as almost magical but for me, it’s just a good reminder of the path I’m on at that time and the direction I want to head into.
My word for 2014 was BRAVE. And as I look back over the year, I can see so many times that I became braver and braver about putting myself out there. Not only that I can see the effects it has had on my life and let me tell you, it’s been amazing! So many great things are happening and so many more are right there on the horizon. It’s not easy for a shy introvert like me to embrace bravery and at times, it was only accomplished through baby steps, but I can certainly deem it a success.
In previous years, my words have been Serenity, Faith, Grow, Bloom and each one was a reflection of where my life was and of what I needed to do next. Each one has been a progression too and coming from last year’s word BRAVE, I feel like it’s only natural that my word for 2015 is SHINE.
I took time to go within myself and hold on to serenity when my relationship ended; I worked on having faith in myself, in life, in God, in others; I started to grow and once I had grown, I burst into bloom. Then it was time to grow some more but first, I needed to be brave enough to reach out for that growth. Now, I have more confidence in myself, in my abilities, in my gifts and strengths, in my potential and it is time for me to take all of that and SHINE SHINE SHINE.
Watch out 2015 – here I come!