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Thrive: Word of The Year 2017

Word of the Year: Thrive

Happy New Year!

It's the start of another year. A great time to re-align our goals - and dream away.

Yes, in reality, it's just another day. Nothing truly special or magical on New Year's Day. It's only special and magical if we assign that meaning to it. And, yes, I choose to do just that. In fact, I love what Sarah Ban Breathnach says about the first day of the new year:

"New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today, carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change."

That's why I usually try to prepare myself for this time of the year. For as long as I can remember, I've been journaling my reflections of the year that has passed - and writing about my hopes and goals for the year to come.

It's how I ended up with the One Word practice and my annual highlights.

And yes, I have chosen my 10th Word of the Year!

Using the One Word Workbook, I am embracing my Word of the Year in 2017: THRIVE.

According to Dictionary.com, thrive means:

  1. to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
  2. to grow or develop vigorously; flourish.

It's a bold word in my book because whenever I choose a word, I often look at its opposite meaning. To me, this is important to think about because I believe that when we choose a word, we invite both its affirmative and negative energies to teach us something in our life that year.

That's why I never take the choosing of One Word for granted. It's powerful stuff. And, that's why I'm almost always a little bit scared whenever I choose a word.

In some ways, I see that as a good thing. To me, if I'm a little scared of the word, it means that it's meant to teach me something.

If you've used the One Word Workbook, you'd be familiar with some of these ideas and concepts. Including my annual habit of choosing a project to accompany my chosen Word of the Year.

My two favourite One Word projects are these two that I usually do at the beginning of the year:

  • Creating a Word Art based on my Word. In the past, I have often done this in an analog way. This year,  I opted to create a digital art version (see mock-up in the featured image). I created the initial idea for this late last year. And, I decided to make this available for others who might want a similar one to help them 'own' their Word.  So yes, if you're keen, you can get a custom digital art print of your Word of the Year. If you purchased the workbook, you would've also received a discount coupon for this custom art.
  • Finding an Inspirational Quote based on my Word. I would then either write this down somewhere - or create a piece using this quote. Here's one I created for Thrive:
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive. - Maya Angelou Click To Tweet

I have shared more projects in my mini ebook, One Word Projects (available with the workbook).

So, why Thrive?

Well, for one, it's a word that has stayed with me over the last few years. It seems to be waiting its turn to take centre stage in my life. So, when I started writing in the workbook, and journaling, the word kept re-appearing.

And, I realised that yes, I don't want to just survive in 2017. I want to thrive - in life and in my business. And to me, thriving means not just growth or success. It's about growing and succeeding, amidst challenges and tough times.

You see, the last 6 months or so for me have been very tough and challenging - both personally and professionally. In fact, in some areas, the challenges seemed to have been going on for much longer.

Some of the challenges can't be easily changed or removed. So, I am choosing to thrive, in spite of that fact.

That's why over the coming days, weeks, and months, I hope to learn what it means to really thrive. Perhaps, find out how I thrive. Some people thrive in adversity. Or chaos. Or external validation. I want to define my own key to thriving. And, I also look forward to understanding what it means to empower others to thrive.

This is the exciting part of choosing One Word. The part where I make it 'mine' by doing these projects, asking these questions, and maintaining an ongoing interest on how to embed the word in my life.

What about you? Have you chosen your One Word yet? What's your Word of the Year in 2017 - and how are you making it truly yours?

And yes - if you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, watch out for my first giveaway of the year. You'll get the chance to win your own copy of the One Word Workbook (with One Word Projects Mini Ebook) and/or a Custom Digital Art of your Word of the Year.

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One Word Workbook – Tips + Video Walkthrough

When One Word Workbook launched last week, I was cautiously hopeful. It's something that I've wanted to do and share for so long, I was really hoping that others would love it like I do.

So far, I've heard some great feedback. My biggest pleasure is seeing the workbook actually used by someone to find focus and inspiration.

To show that I'm actually using this workbook for my own One Word of the Year, I decided to do a video walkthrough (see below). It felt a bit odd, reflecting and writing 'in public' - my thoughts, feelings, and experiences laid bare. Granted, it's all sped up, but I still felt quite vulnerable. 🙂

The great part: I'm absolutely certain that the workbook works! As I went through the exercises myself, I found my mind getting clearer with the words that mean something to me this year. And, ones that would help to guide me for the next year. I'll be revealing my Word of the Year in 2017, but you can see in this video now how I got to that point.

Thing is - I knew it would work. As I mentioned in my previous blog post and on the workbook, it is a process that I have been using for years. I even started writing it all up 3+ years ago, thinking I'd create an online workshop. But, I now think that the workbook format is a good one.

In any case, as I was filling out the workbook, I thought I'd share some tips on making the most out of the process:

Tip 1: Answer each exercise as best as you can.

Even if it's just a few words. You don't need to write in full sentences. If you notice in my entries, I used a lot of a just words and phrases. Incomplete thoughts. But, it's good to work on each concept in the process. It really helps!

There were a couple of times I thought I'd skip some, especially since I was doing a video capture. I thought people would understand. But, I also realised that it is detrimental to my own process. So, I kept at it. And I'm glad.

Tip 2: Don't get stuck!

Even if you feel like you only have one or two things to write for now, that's okay. Keep moving! Don't stop. Just allow your mind to unfurl and open itself up on the page. Don't overthink. Reflect, write, and then go to the next item.

Tip 3: Allow yourself to move forward and backward in the process.

Yes, One Word is not necessarily a linear process. If you filled out a box and decided to move on, it's okay to go back. Add some more words, phrases, or sentences to something you thought you've already completed.

Tip 4: Be open!

When I was collecting my words - I didn't discount my sources. I found words from books nearby, receipts, letters, poems, notes, boxes, Post It Notes, and such. I let everything speak to me.

And, in the process, I discovered words that I didn't think I'd even consider on a usual basis. The theme that emerged was completely unexpected, but not a surprise.

Tip 5: Use the resources available.

I've added links and such in the workbook. Make use of it! It's helpful to have an internet connection available, especially if you're filling the workbook out digitally.

If you decide to print out the workbook like Margo Min, have your digital resources handy. Or, at least, keep a dictionary and thesaurus nearby.

Oh, and yes - don't forget to save your work while you're filling out the workbook!

If you haven't got a copy yet, get your One Word Workbook here. And, please do keep me posted. I'd love to know how you're going with your One Word journey!

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Find Focus and Create Change With One Word

As the end of the year closes in, how do you start winding down and preparing for the new year?

Usually, there are holiday parties, family get-togethers, and glorious get-aways that take up a lot of our energy during this season. So, taking time for planning and preparation can be a challenge.

However, one of the things that CAN make a difference in how our year unfolds may be attributed to how we approach the coming days, weeks, and months.

That's why one of the many long traditions in our society is making New Year's Resolutions. We make them with the hope of creating the change we hope for in our lives. But, unfortunately, it's something that most of us inevitably break within a few days of stating our resolutions.

Goal-setting is also another practice that many undergo in the new year. Myself included. I love setting goals. But usually, what we hope to achieve at the beginning of the year may not be the same a few months into the year. Our situations change. Our viewpoints shift.

So, while a year's worth of goal setting is also great practice, this is actually something that should be approached with a bit more fluidity. We need to review and adjust our goals every few months or so to make them fit into the more current version of ourselves.

One Word. Find Focus. Create Change.

That's why One Word is better than New Year's Resolutions and Big Goals.

The practice of One Word is not one that you can break or fail easily, like New Year's Resolutions. It also doesn't need to be reviewed and adjusted regularly, like goal setting.

If you've given your One Word enough time and consideration at the start, it's an amazing tool to use as a guide throughout the year. And, if you commit to 'owning' your One Word throughout the year, it can leave a lasting, life-changing impact.

Blogger and fashionista extraordinaire Julie Bonner of MomFabulous.com has this to say about the One Word practice:

"Once I started doing a word of the year instead of resolutions, things started falling into place. It also made making decisions so much easier because I base them on my word."

Julie Bonner, MomFabulous.com

And, I wholeheartedly agree. One Word offers a simple and powerful way to find focus and create change.

That's why when people started asking me questions like: "How do you choose your One Word of the year?" or "Do you find that you lose touch with your One Word as the year goes on?" - I started taking notes and documenting my own One Word process.

I want to help others find the joy and empowerment that One Word can bring. That's why I ended up creating the One Word Workbook, as well as its companion resource, the One Word Projects mini ebook.

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What's One Word Workbook all about?

In a nutshell, One Word Workbook is a 50+ page PDF document with tips, ideas, interactive ('fillable') pages, inspirational quotes, and check-in pages. It helps to guide you in a more thoughtful, considered way of choosing your One Word for the year. And, it provides some resources to keep you accountable and focussed, so you can really 'own' your Word and keep it top of mind throughout the year.

This type of commitment to your One Word helps to unleash its real power and potential in your life.

After all, what's the point in choosing a Word of the Year if it doesn't really do anything for you, right?

In my experience, such a commitment to my One Word helped to open an incredible array of opportunities and lessons that helped me to grow and find abundance in many ways. Amazing businesses, friendships, jobs… These are just some things that have come about through my words of the year over the last 8+ years. This is why I love sharing about this practice.

I know many others have found similar successes and joy. And, I hope that many more will find such rewards from the One Word practice.

If you're someone who wants to see what One Word can bring you in the coming year (or even many years to come), I hope that you'll give One Word Workbook a go. I look forward to supporting you in the process!

Words are powerful energies

What about One Word Projects?

One Word Projects is a 20+ page mini ebook in PDF format. It contains 10 projects, with tips and ideas on how you can maximise the use of your One Word. You can opt for simple or more elaborate approaches to the projects.

The idea is that you get to develop a relationship with your One Word, so you can experience its true value and impact.

So, remember: Choose your One Word wisely!

You will have to live with it for a year. And, if all goes well, even for longer than that.

Yes, you can choose it using a 'gut-feel' approach. This can work for a number of people. In fact, I've done it during the first couple of words I've chosen. It's only when I realised just how powerful it is to choose a word that I decided to be more careful and deliberate.

No matter how you decide to choose your One Word, it will attract certain people, situations, events, and opportunities into your life. That's why it's important to have that confidence in the word that you invite into your life.

So, if you would like some guidance on choosing and committing to your word, then One Word Workbook might be able to help.

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Value: Word of the Year 2016

Value - Word of The Year 2016

I've been meaning to share my Word of the Year for weeks now. But, between travels and catching up with work after the holidays, then settling back into old and new routines, blogging has fallen by the wayside. Yep, as usual. But, I'm here again, trying to get back on track with blogging.

And, I'm doing that now by sharing my 2016 Word of the Year (WOTY): VALUE.

This word came up top, followed by Give and Purpose, while I was going through my annual WOTY process.

And, I'm keen to find out what this word will bring into my life this year and onwards. Because, yes, that's the thing with WOTYs. They never just stay as a 'special word' for one year. In my experience, they seem to become special words for life. That's why I feel that choosing a WOTY is a big deal.

Anyway, as part of my WOTY process, I try to make at least one small art piece for my word. Sometimes, more. And, I display that art piece somewhere I can easily see it every day. To help me to stay focused and on track. This year, it's the card that you see in the photo above. And, the quote below -

"Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein

"Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein

It's really interesting how this word just stayed with me while I was considering my options. That's why I'm keen to know what VALUE really means to me. I know that this word has several meanings, and I intend to learn how all of those meanings relate to my life right now.

Some questions that come to mind when I think of my WOTY this year include: What are my most important values? What are the things that I value the most? How do I value myself? How do I value others?

I am also challenging myself by asking: How can I bring more value to everything that I do and am part of? How do I add value to others' lives and endeavors?

So, yes,  I'm anticipating a few WOTY-related moments in 2016. I'll try to check-in as often as I can here.

Did you choose a WOTY this year? What's your word and how did you end up choosing it?

To find out my previous words of the year, you can check out my WOTY archive.

Regardless of where I am, or what I'm going through, choosing my One Word of the year is a practice that I intend to keep at this time of the year. I've started doing it late in 2007, when I chose my first word for 2008. Since then, I have seen the power

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‘Grow’: Word of The Year 2015

Word of the Year 2015: Grow

Happy new year!

Yes, I know that almost two weeks has passed since 2015 started. And, I am also aware that it has been a month since I last blogged here. I've been avoiding these long breaks over the last few months, but this time, I got defeated. Again.

We all know that the holiday season is always a bit hectic. The wisest move would have been to give myself a break and make that official. But, I was overly confident that I would find the time to blog, regardless. Silly, me.

I'm not going to give you the details of my holidays - but, needless to say, it was more hectic than I expected. Between family time (with mom and parents-in-law visiting from overseas), work, and being ill, the month just disappeared on me.

In fact, I didn't really have my usual pondering time for my end-of-year and new year stuff. I barely managed to come up with my Word of The Year.

Thankfully, this word - GROW - just decided to plop right in front of me.

It 'said' that I've ignored it for years, attributing it to the fact that I have always thought that it seemed 'too obvious' as a word. Like choosing creativity or life or writing. It almost seems like a 'given'.

But then, I realised: That could be an altogether new experience for me. Choosing a word that seems like it has nothing new to teach me.

Every year, as I chose my words: Today (2008), Bliss (2009), Connect (2010), Shine (2011), Possibility (2012),  Focus (2013), and Become (2014) - I've always felt like I had a reason NOT to choose those words. Each year had a different argument.

Yet, as days, weeks and months go by, I've always discovered new ways to look at and experience the meanings of these words. MY words. And, really, they begin to feel like they're very much part of me.

Each word I have chosen as my WOTY had really been a great influence during those years - and even long after. That's why I've become believer of this Word of the Year practice.

So, yes, even though I'm not quite sure about this one… Maybe - just maybe - GROW will grow on me. Ha. Yes, I just wrote that.

Anyway, let's see what GROW will bring in 2015.

How about you? Do you choose a Word of the Year? What's your word for 2015?

Happy New Year

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