At a retreat that I went to last November, I was prompted to choose a word of the year for 2020. I had never selected a word of the year for myself before. To be honest, I don’t usually make new year resolutions. But life has changed a lot for me in the past couple of years. I’ve been setting goals for myself and working hard to pursue my dreams. I’ve been living more mindfully and with intention. So when I was asked to choose a word of the year it seemed like a great way to continue on this path in 2020. I decided to choose the word joy.
For me, 2019 was a challenging, but overall, a good year. It was a year spent in a space of self-discovery and self-improvement, a lot of learning and hard work, as well as a lot of courage and taking chances. I stumbled quite a bit but I learned to pick myself back up and keep going.
The main thing that came to me in 2019 was clarity, not only in what I want to do with Mindful Yoga Moments but also in how I want to live every aspect of my life.
Struggling with depression has had a deep impact on me, in a way that caused me to lose sight of the simple joys in life. Part of my journey this past year has been shifting my mindset and viewing life in a new way.
This kind of clarity is what made it so easy to decide on my word of the year for 2020. I want to connect with joy again. I want joy to touch every part of my life. I want to find joy within myself, my marriage, my family life, my friendships, my health (both physical and mental), and my work. And through my work, I want to share the joy with others and encourage others to seek joy in their lives.
Ever since choosing my word of the year I have spent some time reflecting on the significance of doing this. It’s been six weeks since I selected joy as my word for 2020 and already I’ve noticed myself living day-to-day with the intention to cultivate joy in every aspect of my life.
What I have learned from choosing a word of the year is that the act of doing so has prompted me to truly reflect on what I want my life to look like. It has opened my eyes to a new approach to living mindfully and with intention.
Today might only be the first day of the new year but I can already say that choosing my word for 2020 has made a difference in my life. I am using the word joy as my driving force; it is the light guiding me on my journey as I begin this new chapter. The word joy will be in my personal mantras and meditation practice; it will be my inspiration for my yoga classes and workshops. This word has become my daily purpose; my motivation for what I want to bring to myself and everyone around me.
Who knew an act so simple could end up having such an impact on me? Imagine the ripple effect this will cause. I light up just thinking about it.
So, I encourage you to choose your own word of the year (if you haven’t already). Take some time to think about what you want this new year to look like for you and narrow it down to one simple word to live by every day. Consider how empowering this could be, and the positive changes it could bring.
And if you have chosen a word of the year for yourself, please share what it is in the comments!