My Word for the Year

I’ve shared before that I’m not really into new year’s resolutions. I love the idea behind them, but don’t love the pressure. It feels like it’s an all or nothing kind of thing – either you fulfill your lofty resolution or you’ve accomplished nothing. It’s become more of a trend in the last couple years to choose a word for the year. I love that. It’s something that you can come back to time and again and apply to every situation and decision you make throughout the year! I’ve thought quite a bit about what I want my word to be for 2022 and finally landed on one that I want to shape the year for me.

My word is Mindful.

As I shared in this post, last year was an intense year for me. It was a lot of trying to figure out how to balance all of my roles in life and usually feeling like I was falling short in one or the other. I didn’t have a good balance between working and living my life – the two felt too intertwined for me. By December, I was done. Completely burnt out, depleted, and exhausted. I don’t want to end another year that way. So, I’ve chosen mindfulness as my focus for the year.

I want to be mindful of how I spend my time, how I treat people, what I think about, and how I interact in the world. I want to be aware of where I’m putting my energy and whether or not it is in the right place. I want to pay closer attention to my mental health and hit the “pause” button when I need to. I want to be tuned into my stress level and address it. I just want to be more aware of the present moment. With Liam growing so quickly and life moving at a faster pace, I want to make sure that I’m enjoying the now. Soaking in the mundane moments, reveling in the really good times, and even living presently in the difficult times.

Have you picked out a word of the year?

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  1. 1.12.22
    Jordan Bodnar said:

    Yes! Mine is “keep”. So I can remember to keep moving, keep reading, keep learning, keep improving, etc. Good luck on finding your balance this year. It’s definitely tough and feels like you’re constantly readjusting, but find the shortcuts that work for you and use them!

  2. 1.12.22
    Jessica said:

    I like to pick one for life & one for work. It helps me separate the two…and I usually have pretty different visions & plans for what each holds. Life in 2022 is HOPE. Not hoping for a particular thing. But just living IN hope. Hope of all the promises of Jesus, not the wants of Jessica. Then for business, I’m still kind of mulling it over but I want to grow so either COURAGE or GROWTH. Maybe it’ll be more of a theme than a particular word haha.

  3. 1.13.22
    Tricia Reynolds said:

    Yes! Mine is Discipline (and I’m not real excited about it. LOL) but having a word of the year is all about growth and mindfulness and working on ourselves and I need some discipline to help me with those things.

  4. 1.17.22
    Celeste said:

    I love this. Thank you for sharing. I’ve felt very similar. I actually quit my job to stay home with my new baby so that I could live more aligned with my values. I’m trying to be more present and intentional as well so I can look back and know I put my energy where it needed to be. I pray you have a beautiful, mindful year. ❤️