I like choosing a word of the year because it helps me get clarity around what I would like to create in my life. A word is something that stirs my soul versus resolving to do something I “should” already be doing.

My 2013 word-of-the-year was Completion. Even though I did not complete the two projects I mentioned specifically in last year’s blog post (oops, just realized it, too!), I completed many more things on a daily basis. If it took 5 minutes or less to do, I did it right then instead of letting it pile up. My email inbox usually had 50 messages or less. I also focused on the completion of scary tasks like my Bead and Button teaching application, and I was accepted to teach 3 projects. Woohoo! The word completion reminded me that its all about the baby steps we take towards our goals, day in and day out, that really matter.

My 2014 word-of-the-year is Joy. I realize sometimes I take things too seriously. When approached with a life challenge, I want to think “how can I make this fun?” I want to do the dishes with joy just as I bead with joy. I want all the good stuff to float to the top of my thoughts and I want to be able reframe things in the positive, in the moment. Above is the pen I’m creating with my word on it so I can be reminded of it on a daily basis. To create your own pen, you can download my free eBook that includes instructions, my peyote alphabet, and graph paper.

Tips for choosing your word
I usually think of a couple words and try them out in my mind. One will stick above the others. I try other words to see if one is better, but if there’s not another one I like better after a couple days, I know I have the right one for me. My advice is to get quiet, listen to your wise self, and it will come to you. Here are some example words for you to try out:

Compassion

Delight

Generosity

Effortlessness

Wealth

Gratitude

Abundance

Creativity

Willingness

Change

Growth

Freedom

Mastery

Kindness

Health

Presence

Acceptance

Courage

Confidence

Self-Love

Action

Forgiveness

Forgive

Release

Trust

Knowing

Patience

Friendship

Fun

Grace

Laughter

Love

Expansion

Exploration

Adventure

Openness

Discipline

Awe

Awareness

Risk

Gentleness

Choice

Spirit

Prayerfulness

Power

Allow

Artfulness

Attention

Beauty

Joy

Focus

Ritual

Heal

Order

Clarity

Pioneer

Peace

Laziness

No

Yes

Deliberateness

Commitment

Savor

Integrity

Listen

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When you have your Word, share it with us in the comments below so we can start the momentum of creating a magical 2014!
Happy New Year!