My Word For 2015

Posted by Catherine Elms on January 7, 2015 Blog posts | | 2 comments

warrior Catherine Elms word of the year

(Oops, I’ve accidentally started a 2015 goals series :s )

Last year, I decided to have a word of the year.  It’s a practice that life coach Leonie Dawson introduced me to, and something that lots of other lifestyle design-y people such as Blessing Manifesting, The Pillow Fort, In Spaces Between and Danielle LaPorte take part in.

Leonie describes the process of picking a word for the year as choosing your year’s intention.  It’s a power word that describes what you’d like to experience, feel, focus on and embody for the next 12 months.

Last year, my word was BOLD.  I needed a push to be more brave, strong, and put myself out there, and BOLD felt like all those things.

This year, following a similar sort of theme, my word is WARRIOR.

I was super inspired by this image, and I knew that my word of the year needed to embody a sense of strength.  The more I thought about warrior, the more I loved it.

It invokes images and traits that I want and need in my life:

  • Brave
  • Skilled
  • Strong
  • Determined
  • Fearless
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Survivor
  • Fighting the good fight
  • Energetically engaged with a cause

I also like that it refers to a standing pose in yoga which is described as making one feel strong and centered.

I felt myself drawn to 2 other words after reading them on Blessing Manifesting, and so I’ve decided to make them secondary guiding words for 2015 too.  They are NOURISH and DEPTH.

nourish Catherine Elms word of the yearDepth Catherine Elms word of the year

NOURISH: I want to focus on my health this year (physical and mental), create healthy routines, learn more, take it easy, and generally look after myself.  Instead of thinking “bah, I have to go to this frustrating yoga class” or “ugh, another salad”, by framing these acts as nourishing instead of self-denying they will feel better and easier.

DEPTH: This year I want to focusing on my music, which sometimes gets neglected in favour of hobbies where I get a quicker return, e.g. I could spend 2 hours writing music at my piano and end up not using anything I created, whereas 2 hours of blogging always yields an end product.  I want to dive deeply into music, explore, learn, play, and feel excitement and wonder when I listen to music again.  I want to pour everything I have into my dream.  Instead of spreading myself thinly across lots of different creative projects and interests, I want to go down deeply into just one.

I’m going to print out and frame all three words, and hang them somewhere prominent in my house so I can always be reminded of what my focus is for 2015.

Do you have a word of the year?  If so, what did you choose and why?

2 Comments

  • Dominee said on Jan 24, 2015 3:21 pm

    I just wanted to say that warrior is such a powerful word and I hope it manifests itself for you this year, as well as your others. Depth is an amazing one by the way, and of course mine too, and I look forward to see where it takes us!

  • Catherine Elms said on Feb 2, 2015 4:59 pm

    Thanks Dominee for your lovely comment, and thanks for checking out my lil’ blog :) x

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