I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas creating lots of beautiful memories with your loved ones. It seems to have gone by very quickly!
As I write this blog it is hard to believe that we are rapidly approaching the start of another new year. It is also hard to believe that this is blog number 32. How can that be?
At this time of year, we tend to get very reflective about what we have achieved over the past 12 months and what we hope for in the coming year. Many of us will take time on New Year’s Eve to decide on our ‘New Year’s Resolution’ and start the year with a new determination to eat and drink less and exercise more! And in many cases, our resolutions are broken by the end of January 1st.
I’m sorry if that sounds cynical, I don’t mean it to be. Unfortunately, the research backs this up!
I would just like more for you this year than a broken resolution and the inevitable period of beating yourself up because you “can’t stick at anything!”
I wanted to share with you a tradition that I started a few years ago now that has ‘stuck’ and that I find far more inspiring and empowering than setting a resolution. It is about choosing my word for the year.
Each year, I now pick a word that I want to live my life by for the following 12 months. I then write the word on my vision board, I write it in my journal and I have also been known to have the word as a screensaver on my phone as a constant reminder.
Here is an example of my word of the year….
A few years ago, I was running myself in to the ground. I was working in a big corporate job and I was pretty much living out of a suitcase. I wasn’t getting to spend time with family and friends and life just felt very complicated as I was having to always think ahead.
I decided that my word for the year should be SIMPLIFY and that is exactly what I did. I started to look at every aspect of my life and ask the simple question “How can I simplify this?”. The change in my life was quite dramatic. I stopped complicating things and started to live a more calm and peaceful life. I started to say no to things that I did not want to do and life became so much easier.
Other words that I have chosen have included ABUNDANCE, DECLUTTER and GRATITUDE.
The word I chose for 2017 was INSPIRE.
When I chose that word 12 months ago I knew that I wanted to find a way to inspire other women to live a life filled with more purpose and passion but had no idea how I was going to do it. Twelve months on and I have established No Ordinary Woman, I have shared 32 blog posts that I receive beautiful feedback about, have been asked to speak at a conference and am about to launch my first online programme dedicated to supporting women to find their purpose and to elevate their lives.
I don’t think I would have achieved so much if I had not kept holding to my word of the year and making the constant commitment to INSPIRE.
The word has worked on another level for me this year too. I have had the good fortune to be INSPIRED by so many other women as part of my own learning journey. I got to see Gabby Bernstein speak in London and I have received coaching for some amazing female mentors. I am also continually inspired by the women I coach who are making significant transformations in their own lives. It is beautiful to see and I am humbled to be part of their journey.
I don’t like to rush in to a decision about what my word of the year is going to be. I like to meditate on it and let my brain work on it until the perfect word shows itself. It is an important decision!
Last night as I went to bed, I still had not decided on my word. I was suddenly drawn to a post on my Facebook newsfeed from a psychic medium in Australia who was offering to ask for guidance for anyone who wanted to receive a word for 2018. I decided I would ask for her guidance. This morning when I checked my phone she had posted back the word SUCCESS.
I have big plans for No Ordinary Woman in 2018 and have the intention to help and support even more women achieve their dreams so I love the word I have been given. Not only will I hold the intention to be successful in my own right but I love that this word might actually be about helping you achieve success too. A beautiful thought.
So, there you have it.
Rather than be like everyone else and make a resolution at midnight on the 31st, why not choose a word of the year and start as you mean to go on?
I would love to hear which word you have chosen and why.
I wish you all a peaceful and successful 2018 and thank you for being part of my journey this year!