If you could begin a new life story with just one word, what would it be?
In 2014, I invited you to think about your word for 2015. A few of my friends took up the invitation. They picked their word, grew with it, as I did with mine. And on Sunday, my friend Mel shared with me her story.
She said, “I’m so happy. My word is Bold. I can see how I became bolder this year, and happier, too. This is why I want to spend the next 11 days (her precious end year leave) thinking about my word for 2016…”
I was so happy to hear that. And I believe her experience is possible for anyone willing to make time to rest and reflect on their word.
My word for 2015 was Grace. It turned out to be a fitting word, as it has been a massively challenging year. I found myself thrown into a lot of messy situations that required Grace, and learning what Grace means.
Thankfully, I get to experience Grace over and over again, as much as I need to learn what Grace is all about. And I can only hope to show the same measure of Grace I’ve been shown in my life. It’s not easy, but the hope is in the trying. And I know I will spend a lifetime learning what Grace means, even as I continue to grow in it, through it, and with it.
The good news is, every word you pick for one year, comes with you into the next. It continues to be a part of you, if you let it. It’s just parked under your new word. You will find yourself growing more and more into your word/s, or rather, the word grows more and more into you.
You and your word will become one. You live it in your life, until it becomes you.
So, if you’re ready to level up (shoutout to my awesome babe Estee for bringing this awesome term my way!) and grow, make time for yourself to choose Your Word for 2016.
Choose a word that makes you curious, challenges you, and pushes you out of your comfort zone. Make it a word you can GROW with, that you would like to be a part of you. Make it a word you feel at rest and alive with.
Make it matter, because you do.