I’ve been ditching the New Year’s Resolutions and claiming a word of the year since 2015. For me - someone with a lot of goals, ambitions and aspirations - a few small resolutions never felt quite right. But a word - now THAT is something I can get behind.
To me, one of the coolest things about picking a word of the year is how you can easily look back and see how that word truly did shape the year as it progressed. I’ve found that during the first 6 months of the year, I think more about the word but I’m not fully living it. And then in the final 6 months, I think a lot less about the word and what it means but end up living it much more fully.
I like to pick a word that can be applied to many aspects of my life! A word that can morph and grow as the year progresses. A word that doesn’t limit me to a single accomplishment.
To give you an idea of what I mean… Depth was my 2018 word of the year. At the time, I wanted to bring my depth and value to my blog, ModlyChic, and social media accounts. But I also wanted to have my depth in my relationships and in the books that I read. I wanted to have more depth in my thoughts and decisions.
Last year, my word was Steadfast! It was meant to inspire me to be persevering in the many things I wanted to accomplish that year. Steadfast in building my new social media consulting business, Rosebud Social. Steadfast in my workouts and healthy choices. Steadfast in my relationships. Steadfast in the things I told myself I would do.
This year, unlike most years, my word of the year came to me instantly. Usually I spend a fair amount of time trying to find the perfect word - debating between several, looking up definitions and combing through a thesaurus. But not 2022! I heard the word a couple weeks before the New Year and knew that would be my word.
This year I want to be defined by one word: Expansive!
By definition, according to Merriam-Webster, expansive means having a capacity or tendency to open up; characterised by richness, abundance or magnificence.
Sounds pretty awesome, right?!
I want my businesses to be expansive - bringing on new clients for the coaching and strategies business, and bringing in more partnerships for the influencer work. I don’t want to think and act in small narrow parameters but think bigger, better, bolder.
I want my relationships to be expansive - giving me a chance to love deeper those who are already in my life and to love to those strangers that will come my way this year.
I want my intelligence to be expansive - finding new ways to learn and grow whether that’s through books, podcasts, videos, or conversations. There are so many things I want to learn more about - health, fitness, the mind, business, etc..
I want my life to be expansive - saying yes to new opportunities and things that seem daunting. Embracing new experiences, new paths, new ideas.
So, here’s to an expansive 2022! I hope whatever word you picked for the year is one that truly helps craft your best year yet!
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