My Word of the Year for 2022
Over the past few years I have chosen a WOTY (Word of the Year) and I try to stick with it as a theme, or a focus, for the year ahead.
Why do I choose a WOTY?
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.
Choosing a Word is different to setting a New Year’s resolution and I don’t find it as restrictive or punishing. Resolutions, or starting over, seem too much like hard work to me (maybe I’m just getting lazy in my old age) and I find I just need to tweak a few things and keep my focus. Having a Word of the Year helps me do this.
Once again I thought long and hard and considered lots of other words, but in the end I settled on:
What does GIFT mean?
I’ve chosen a word that just ‘came’ to me when I woke up one morning. I’ve been tossing around a few words like Commit, Mighty, Bright, Colour – but felt they weren’t right for me at this time.
With GIFT, I’m thinking along the lines of giving something voluntarily without payment in return and giving of myself throughout the year.
I can be gift, give a gift, receive a gift, I am a gift, gift my time and energy, I have a special gift….the list goes on!
So what’s next?
I’m not exactly sure how it will unfold yet, but I’m happy to have chosen a word and have a focus to help me through the year. I already do a lot of volunteering with my local Rotary Club, with my involvement on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail committee and have time for more giving in whatever way takes my fancy! It’s a new year, and hopefully it will be a bit better than 2020 & 2021, in terms of world wide stress.
As in previous years I plan to review my WOTY each month, in my end of the month update posts – what I’ve managed to give, how I’ve been giving and what it means to me.
I’ll try to create a fun vibe with my photos and a Spotify playlist and have another great year of blogging!
I’m hoping it will help me focus during the coming year and help me to make good decisions, I think I say that every year 🙂
My word for 2021 was BOLD and each month I wrote a post using the letters B.O.L.D to spell out how I was bold during the month. It made me accountable and gave me a focus to live a bold-er life and it was great fun to work out how being bold was impacting on me and others!
Yes, others got involved, were inspired by my posts and told me how they too were trying to get some bold happening in their lives, whether it be a bolder attitude, wearing bolder colours or just enjoying seeing me embrace my inner ‘bold’. How cool is that??
My WOTY in 2020 was JUMP – and it was a great word, so much fun! My final post summed it all up – Jumping out of 2020. I managed to weave the word jump into my monthly updates throughout the year and I also tried to capture a photo of me jumping in most months. It was a word with lots of meanings and started with me jumping in a puddle aged 59, while we were travelling in England.
I always enjoy reading back over these previous posts to see what sparked my choices at the time. You can find my past words in these featured posts:
2021 – Bold
2020 – Jump
2019 – Time
2018 – Focus
2017 – New Horizons
What about you?
Do you do something similar each year? I’m interested in knowing what you do or what word you would choose?
I’d also love to have you join me, either by sharing your WOTY in a comment or by following along with me.
Happy New Year to you all!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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