Rest and Reflect: What is Your Word for 2016? It Matters, because You Do.

As the year is powering down to an end, 9 more days to be exact, do yourself a favour. Take a moment to hug this question to sleep and in your waking hours: What is YOUR WORD for 2016?

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.

Love,

Mish.

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“The Growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in Love.” – Julia Cameron

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“A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything.” – Ali Edwards. What WORD are you Inviting into 2015?

In 2014, I picked a Word, not knowing that it would IMPACT my life in such a deep, profound and life-changing way.

This is why I invited you to think about Your Word: What is YOUR WORD for 2015? 10 Days to Reflect, Realign, Rephrase, REWORD.

Today, we are 10 days into the the New Year 2015. If you have not thought of a word, you can start Now.

Listen in, and let that word show up for you.

This could possibly be one of the most important thing YOU can do for YOU, in 2015.

This is not just any other year. 2015 will not happen again. How would you like to show up for this year? How would you like this year to show up for you? What would you like to invite more of into your life this New Year?

Listen in for that Big Word (Vision Word). And then the supporting actionable words (Mission Words) will start showing up for you. 

I only realised the far reaching effect of the Word as I stood at the last week of December 2014 and traced my way back to January. That’s when I saw how everything unfolded the way it did, and contributed to the experience of a WHOLEHEARTED year. That was my word last year.

I did not anticipate that being WHOLE meant facing and admitting my dark side. I found myself in a lot of situations where I was continually given the opportunity to meet with what Jung would refer to as my “Unconscious Shadow”. Needless to say, it has not been easy. There were many painful situations and outcomes that I had to deal with and come to terms with.

I had so many inner dragons I needed to face, and eventually befriended. Through it all, the effect has been WHOLESOME and I am grateful.

This year, when the word GRACE caught my attention and got me so curious, I knew it was My Word for 2015. But I was a little scared. GRACE seems like a nothing word. It seems so vague (because my understanding of it is still a little vague). Even so, I went with it. And I am discovering what a HUGE word it really is. I am seeing and learning that all these meaningful words like Patience, Wholeness, Wholeheartedness, Kindness, Compassion and Love, are all parked under it. By allowing myself to learn, and grow into Grace, I will allow myself to grow into these other words.

How about you? What would you like to learn, discover and experience more of in 2015? What do you want to GROW in you? My friends have been sharing their words with me. For one, it’s Conscious. For another, it’s BOLD. And yours is?

I love a link my friend Suzanne shared with me. It’s the One Little Word project by Ali Edwards. She sums up the power of the word really well, and I love how she gives you an idea of what to do with your word:

“A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.

In 2006 I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January – a word to focus on, meditate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life.

My words have included play, peace, vitality, nurture, story, light, up, open and thrive. These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another.

They’ve been imbedded into who I am and into who I’m becoming. They’ve been what I’ve needed most (and didn’t know I needed).

They’ve helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, to navigate challenges, and to grow.

So what do you do with this one little word?

You live with it.

You invite it into your life.

You let it speak to you.

You might even follow where it leads.” – Ali Edwards 

All the best with finding Your Word, and I hope you’ll have an enriching journey of LIVING, Learning and GROWING with that word in 2015.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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What can we learn from WhatsApp Founders and their $19 Billion Facebook Deal?

Waking up to a story like this–“WhatsApp Founders Become Billionaires In $19 Billion Facebook Deal”–all kinds of emotion comes up and it makes me think about this and that. 

But I’ve been there before. First, I must remind myself, “Do not compare. Do not compare. Do not compare!” I know this can serve a purpose if I ask the bigger question, “What can I learn from this?”

I like what I read from Mashable.com. “In what’s soon to rank as one of the great Silicon Valley creation stories — up there with the $40 rental late fee that drove Reed Hastings to found Netflix — WhatsApp started with restrictive gym policy.

According to legend, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum came up with the idea for his company in early 2009 after his gym banned the use of cell phones. Koum became annoyed at missing calls during his workout and, being an engineer, decided to create a solution.”

I see the word Solution.
It always comes back to that.
How can I add value?
How can I be a Solution?

Looking at today’s case in point, I’m thinking, everyone (who’s got a thing for this line) can be a software engineer. The difference is that Jan Koum went on to create a bigger solution for a wider audience. He was not limited by the immediate engineering problems within the scope of his job. He channelled his frustration to a place where his own existing skills and expertise could do something about it.

I like that.

It’s inspiring me this morning to think about all these in terms of a Writer and dream BIG. What’s the bigger idea / story / message that can be a solution for a wider audience besides myself? And it begins with me. How can I use my own set of skills and capability to do something about my own frustrations? Wowwwww…

Mission of the day / week / year / life.

How are you feeling when you’re reading this in the news? Does it inspire you to look at your own set of skills and think of a Solution to a frustration at hand? Not everyone’s an engineer or an entrepreneur or a writer, but we can each be good at what we do, and we can harness our core strength and use it to Do Something!

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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