A touchstone for 2009

Journaling my word(s) of the year

I’ve never been particularly taken with the idea of new year’s resolutions, though I’m sure I made them at some point in my life. Committing to improving myself is something I do year round, and I regularly revise my ideal version of myself—so doing something specific to January 1st doesn’t really appeal to me.

When I read Christine Kane’s blog post about forgoing resolutions in favor of a word/theme for your new year, however, something about the idea felt very right to me.

Several years ago, my friend Kathy and I decided that, instead of making resolutions, we would pick a word that would guide us throughout the year. It would be our touchstone. It would remind us of living our lives at the BE level.
(Learn more about this idea and read the hundreds of examples in the comments on Christine’s blog.)

Looking back on previous years, I realized there were these themes carrying through, even without me naming them. In 2006, I repeatedly said I was trying to move through the world with a word I had used infrequently in my life to date—grace. Last year, I rediscovered the place for joy in my life. Throughout the year, I could feel those words on a physical level, as real as a penny in my pocket or the ripples in a pond.

I thought deeply about what I wanted more of in my life, in what manner I wanted to approach and greet the world, how I wished to interact with others, and what would get the most out of my year.

Journaling my word(s) of the year

I decided I want to bring more passion into how I approach life and its opportunities and I want to be more consciously compassionate toward others. Both of these words very strongly agree with the woman I want to be, who I hope to be closer to over the next twelve months.

  • What do the words passion and compassion signify to you? What can you do to bring more of these qualities into your life?
  • Do you have a resolution/word of the year/other new year’s tradition? I’d love to hear about it.

Thanks for reading!

Published in challenge on Monday, January 5, 2009
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  1. Monday, January 5, 2009, at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh great words for the year! I love reading about how others picked their words and seeing how they are displaying them (love your handwriting!).

    I’ve picked my words and working on a blog post to share them! That should be up this week but I kind of wanted to wait til I had more visual aids to help so the post may not be til next week. :)

  2. Friday, January 30, 2009, at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Love your words, and how they work so well together! I also LOVE your page! I adore hand lettering, and yours is fantastic!

    My word for the year is create. It is a year for action.:) Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. Friday, January 30, 2009, at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much, Tsoniki & Casey, for your comments and compliments–it’s particularly pleasing to me that you both mentioned the lettering, is that’s something I admire so much in others’ art journals and am working more on in mine!

  4. Monday, March 9, 2009, at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I just found your blog. I hope you keep writing!

  5. Amoureuse F.
    Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at 3:04 am | Permalink

    My word for the year is friendship. More than the half of the year has past , and so far ive made new cool friends. So far im following my word for the year, i would continue creating new friendships

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