I've been choosing a word of the year for 10 years now. I've always had a new year ritual. I used to write reams of resolutions every new year - you know - loose weight, be better with money - they were all on the same theme - do better, be different. And it never worked. I know this because I have a journal I started 16 years ago that I still write in once or twice a year and I can see that year after year for many years I wrote the same things. And nothing really changed.
And then one year I was pretty fed up. I lost my job, my boyfriend, my home and my car all in one year (actually all in a crazy 2 months). I was ready for something different so I chose the word 'new'. I wanted to meet new people, see new places, try new activities. And oh my. It was incredible. At the end of that year things were different. And I felt like having that word helped me to accept all the changes because I was focused on welcoming the new into my life through my word instead of focussing on how I had to do better through my resolutions.
I have gone on to have so many different words and each one has opened my eyes to opportunities or solutions I might not otherwise have seen if I'd just been focussing on my old resolutions.
One of the things I do that helps me really integrate my word into my life is to look at what I want my word to do for me each year, what kind of guidance I am looking for from that word. An easy example would be the year I had 'create' as my word I was looking to be more creative in daily life. A more abstract example was the year I chose 'open' and it meant to be more open with people but also to open up into who I am more fully.
By spending some time thinking about all the aspects of my word I get really clear on how I want my year to be. And that clarity creates a powerful start to the year.
This year I am excited to share my new year ritual with a small group of people in my home. I will walk you through the process from choosing a word to designing how your ideal 2017 will look all while drinking tea and eating cake with other lovely people.
On Wednesday 28th December from 2-5pm for a suggested donation of £25 we'll be talking, laughing, meditating, journaling and tea drinking up an incredible 2017. If you would like to be a part of this exciting new workshop please use the contact form on the website or email me vickiclubleymoore @icloud .com (remove the spaces) for a place :) places are very limited so please book soon to avoid missing out.
I look forward to seeing you at my home in Ruscombe on 28th December. Thank you for being you.