Jump – my word of the year (WOTY) for 2020
It all started with a puddle and some spotty boots.
I couldn’t just walk around the puddle. Despite the fact I had just turned 59, I was drawn to jumping in the puddle – so I did!
I was in England for Christmas this time last year, and the weather was wet, cold and a bit miserable but my new boots made life fun.
I decided to jump into the New Year choosing Jump as my WOTY. I liked the fact that it was an ‘action’ word and would hopefully keep me accountable!
Every month I have posted about how I managed to jump in some way, whether it was metaphorically or for real – I took opportunities to find ways to jump:
- to jump for joy – we welcomed a new grandson to our family this year, so I was jumping for joy!
- to jump at chances – never let a chance go by!
- to jump the gun
- to jump ship
- to jump on my bike
- to jump start my blog – like introducing my #ShoutoutSaturday posts
- to jump in and out of things – photo challenges, writing competitions
- to jump on board with new ideas – like being a guest on a friend’s podcast
- I jumped at creating a playlist on Spotify – it’s full of jump songs!
- I jumped into zoom meetings with friends and family
- I’ve jumped up and down (literally)!
And in so doing I have managed a whole year of jumping – apart from June when I was pretty low and couldn’t find the energy to jump at anything. I’m only human!
I’ve managed to jump into a new decade; I’ve jumped out of my 50s and into my 60s; I’ve jumped into creative writing; I’ve jumped into learning new skills and improving old ones.
I’ve loved my WOTY and the focus it has brought me in what has been a pretty crappy year. Little did I know when I set this word, just what the year would bring!
This is a really fun way to set your intentions and theme for the New Year, or any other life event for that matter. Instead of a rigid New Year’s Resolution, a Word of the Year is your constant—yet gentle—reminder to focus on creating positive change.
Lights, camera, action!
During the year I also tried to include a jump photo in my monthly updates and here is the collection. Thanks to the Mathematician for his patience in getting my jump shots just right!
“Love recognises no barriers, it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”Maya Angelou
For the past few years I’ve chosen a word of the year and you can find my previous words in these posts – I always enjoy reading back over them to see what sparked my choices at the time. Are you choosing a WOTY for 2021?
2019 – Time
2018 – Focus
2017 – New Horizons
Are you like me and about ready to jump ship out of 2020 and into 2021 – it’s really been one of those years hasn’t it?
Have you had a word this year? How did it go for you?
Jumping into 2021
I have a word ready for 2021 and given that I’ve just turned 60, I think it’s quite a fitting one! Stay tuned 🙂
Take care, stay well and keep jumping!
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My monthly JUMP updates:
Jump into a new year – January
Jump in for a chat – March update
Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in the small town of Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, with three grown up daughters, Debbie and the Mathematician are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.
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