What's the Word?

It never fails. Each time we get close to the end of the year we start to reflect on what worked - and what didn't. We make promises to ourselves about how many things will be better in the coming year. We come up with resolutions. Ummmm...not this year. Not for me.  

As the concluding piece of The Little Bit Journaling Challenge, I asked participants to select a personal word of the year. The word is to serve as a guide for the coming 365 days. In essence, it's a soul goal -  it represents what you would like to see take root and grow in your life. 

By no means was this my own original idea. Many people have done this and written about the power it holds. I saw it first on this blog that I follow, French Kiss Life.  I absolutely fell in love with the idea! So when I came to wrapping up 2016 and entering 2017, I thought it was the perfect time to fill others in on this "unresolution". Not only did I share it with those in the journaling challenge, but I also suggested the idea to several friends. They all loved the thought of it. 

My personal word for 2017 is passion. I chose this word to add more spark and flavor to my life. Over the past few years I have heard myself saying, "There must be something more to life than this."  You've felt that way, right?  It's not that life is so horrible. But I know that I was supposed to experience more than alarm clocks, cups of coffee, deadlines, bills, traffic....need I go on?   

So, I thought about selecting the word excitement. Initially that's what it felt like I was missing. But I settled on the word passion.  You can definitely feel the love in the word passion, but for me it also represents a mindful connection that is more than fleeting. To be passionate about something indicates that you love it so much that you made a conscious decision to embrace it and that you are enthusiastic about and dedicated to that choice. 

One of things I want to be passionate about this year is travel. Visiting Big Sur in California is on my list!  I made this image my home screen on my phone so that this goal is always in my sight. 

One of things I want to be passionate about this year is travel. Visiting Big Sur in California is on my list!  I made this image my home screen on my phone so that this goal is always in my sight. 

That's how I'm ready to feel about my life - consistently. So I'm finding ways to make sure the word passion is embedded into my daily life. That way I'm giving it the energy it needs to germinate and blossom in my life. The word passion is included on my vision board. I'm including it as a hashtag on social media (thanks for that idea Mikki!).  It's on sticky notes in my room and my planner. And did I mention that I have a passion planner?  I know, right!! I love it when a plan comes together!  I also crafted a new image for my lock screen on my phone. The word passion is front and center!!  As much as I'm on my phone, this was the most important place for me to put a reminder. 

Here's my new lock screen. My GW (guide word) is center stage, accents of my favorite color, and a little sparkle for good measure.  

Here's my new lock screen. My GW (guide word) is center stage, accents of my favorite color, and a little sparkle for good measure.  

So what do you think?  What word will guide you through the next leg of this amazing journey?  Share with me!