I Have Intentionally Not Asked You This Question... yet


I intentionally haven’t asked you about your word for the year. Why? Because the expectation from the “word for the year police,” seems to be that we are supposed to have it chosen by January 1st. Well, if you know me at all you know that I do not follow the traditional “rules.”

So, here we are in late January. I decided now might be a good time to ask you the question. “What is your word for the year? If you have one would you be willing to share it in the comments below? We would love to hear!

If you don’t have one, now is the perfect time to choose because you may be feeling the “blues” from the goals starting to wear off that you set in early January. Having a word for the year can help motivate and stay mindful about what you really want and who you really want to be. 


If you're wondering, my word for 2019 is AWAKE. My maiden name is Van Winkle so now you know why I chose this word! :)

Actually, it took me a few weeks to decide. I was contemplating but hadn’t fully committed until the confirmation came one day while listening to a song on the radio. Funny in a mysterious way, how that happens. 

If you are wondering what the heck a word for the year even is, don’t know how to decide, or can’t fully commit, don’t dismay! I have a few thoughts and tips you might find helpful. 

  1. What is a word for the year? First off, don’t confine it to a word. Maybe it’s a color, symbol or animal. A few years ago mine was a tigress. (Hence the picture I drew of her above. :)) Whatever you choose it to be, it needs to resonate in your spirit. It is something that speaks loudly to you. That you want to use as a guide for who you’d like to show up as, who your spirit is calling your forth to be and what you want to be about. 

Here’s an example to help explain my word a little more. To me, AWAKE means being wholehearted, expansion or internal growth. Wholehearted & expansion in my spiritual life, my relationships, my career, my health my adventures. Taking advantage of the opportunities presented. Why not choose wholehearted then? Awake gives more “punch” than wholehearted. It gives me a feeling of motivation and excitement!


2. How do you decide on your word? Notice if there are repeated patterns or themes popping up in your life. You might hear them over and over in conversations, books you are reading, even on billboards! 

Take a moment to reflect on different categories of your life. Relationships, Spiritual, career, health, etc. Ask yourself, what matters most in each of those categories? 

3.  How do you commit to the word? Write down the word and look up it’s synonyms. Do any of those resonate better? 

Ask yourself, “what is it really that is keeping me from committing?” Is it fear? Fear that the word might cause change in your life? Fear that you won’t get it “just right?” Meaning - it won’t be perfect, thus you will fail?

Take notice of your mindset. Are you already thinking of the 100’s of ways this word might be a negative impact on your life? Or are you contemplating on all the what ifs? Like, “what if I fail at this whole word for the year thing!” 

If so, try reframing it to, “what if the changes that might arise in my life could propel me into so much more joy, fulfillment, satisfaction, clarity, understanding, growth, new adventures etc. ?

I challenge you to give it a try. Why not, what do you have to loose? 

I you decide to accept, then the next step is to write this word down and put it where you can see it everyday. Are you the creative type? Then put it smack dab in the middle of a vision board, (see above) or draw it into a mandala. (See below.)

Obviously, I haven't had the chance to draw mine into a mandala yet this year, so here is last year's example. 


Speaking of mandalas, how about joining our tribe for a mindful mandala group retreat on February 8th? 

I will be leading you through a breathing exercise and guided meditation that will help you relax and let the stress roll away.

Then I will teach you how to draw - step by step - a beautiful mandala. Mandalas are a super fun, relaxing, mindfulness practice. 

Having a word is not a requirement. Who knows, this might be the time and place where your word finds you! 

No drawing experience necessary! I will teach you step by step! 

Invite your friends or your sweetie and join us. 

February 8th. Reserve your seat >>HERE<<