How to Choose Your Word of the Year


Happy New Year!  As I end the first day of 2018, I want to share a process that has a very special place in my life.  It’s a consciousness-building exercise that I have found eliminates the sense of failure when my “resolve” leaves me.  Instead of the stress of a New Year Resolution, I choose a word to guide my year.  I have had so many successful experiences as a result that I just had to share.

What is a Word of the Year?

Seven years ago, my dear friend told me that she chooses a word to guide her year instead of a resolution, and I decided to join her.  I have chosen ‘Create’, ‘Grow’, ‘Learn’, ‘Enjoy, ‘Practice’ and ‘Connect’.

The Process

  • The word I choose needs to apply to all areas of my life.  I want it to work for my  inner self, my family, my job, relationships and present and future goals.
  • I look at my life as it is at present.  What do I really want?  What has worked?  What needs work?  I take an honest look at everything and everyone around me and see where my role in my own life is a success and where it needs work.
  • I focus on the things that I want, and the goals I have, using the Law of Attraction.  By placing a word in front of me, I have been able to manifest my dream life.. I Created art, a home, a family.  I Learned how to knit, make art in new ways, lessons about myself, how to cook Paleo food.  I Enjoyed my healing processes as I faced health challenges, seeing the world through the eyes of my child, and becoming a blogger and writer.
  • I imagine what I want my life to look like, without reservation.  Dreaming our ultimate dreams has paid off!  I look at the money I want to make, the ways I want to go about it, the steps I need to make it happen, and who I want to become.

My word for 2018 is ‘Nourish’.  I will

  • Nourish my family.
  • Nourish my health.
  • Nourish my creativity.
  • Nourish my wanderlust.
  • Nourish my daughter’s sense of wonder. 
  • Nourish my marriage.
  • Nourish my friendships.
  • Nourish my emotional body.
  • Nourish my spiritual journey.
  • Nourish the environment.
  • Nourish my blog.

What is your word?  Leave me a comment and tell me why you chose that word.


  1. I don’t believe I’ve ever made a new year’s resolution, but I like this idea. I’m going to think of a word… a day late!!

  2. Great article Lola. It was such a nice read. I will surely put your words to heart.

    May you continue to share such wonderful articles. 🙂

    Sending you love from the Philippines.

    Neil Alvin Nicerio
    The Backpack Adventures

    1. Thank you! There are so many to choose from, I start thinking about a month out and then it hits me. Just remember to apply “where am I now?” And “where do I want to be?” Let me know what comes to you!

  3. What a great explanation how to approach your word of the year. I did not have a word on the beginning of 2018 but if I would have to choose a word now it would be intentional. I want to be more open and in the moment this year. If it is at work, with family/friends, financially or with my health.

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