Happy New Year!
Woohoo, it’s 2020, and a brand new year of infinite possibilities! It’s an exciting time of new beginnings and I’ve heard a lot of people talking about their word of the year. If you’re not familiar with this concept, it’s the idea of choosing a word as a theme or intention for the year, and using that word to guide your decisions for the year.
You might choose a word like ‘Grow’, to direct your energy towards activities that contribute to your growth and development, or a word like ‘Health’ if you’ve been facing health challenges and want to focus on your health, or a word like ‘Courage’ to inspire and motivate yourself to have the courage to make difficult decisions. It’s an entirely personal choice, and can reflect your aspirations for yourself, your career, and your personal life for the year.
I first heard about this idea a couple of years ago from a client of mine, Natalie Eckdahl of BizChix Inc., and I was perplexed. A word to guide your year? Interesting concept, but I wasn’t convinced, and it didn’t even cross my mind to pick a word for 2019.
However, during the course of the year, I came across some books and listened to some podcasts about the power of intention, and your thoughts, and the idea that you can manifest things that you really put your mind to. These concepts started to resonate with me, and in some way, I do believe that where you put your energy (not just physical, but mental and emotional as well) is where you see results.
Of course, it’s not as simple as “think of something, and it happens”, but that’s a discussion for another post (perhaps).
All of this long explanation to say that I do have a word of the year for 2020! And this post is as much to share it with you as to remind myself throughout the year. So.
My word for 2020 is ENOUGH.
Yes, it’s a bit of an odd word, but it’s something that I think has been percolating within me for the past few months, and as I’ve contemplated choosing this word as my word of the year, it has revealed itself to me in more ways.
I must admit, the word Enough came to me first from a slightly “negative” perspective. I’d had enough of people expecting things from me, and placing demands on my time and energy that I don’t want to give. To that, I say “Enough!”. I set the boundaries, and I don’t need that in my life. Enough of the negativity, enough of the toxic people and relationships, enough of all the bullshit.
But then, I realized that Enough could also be something positive. I have enough money to sustain my lifestyle and live the way I want. I have enough time to work, but also to play and enjoy all the delights of life. I have enough health and wellness to do everything I could possibly hope to do. I have enough love to fill my cup and enough to share it with everyone around me, everywhere in the world.
Enough is not just a words of limits and boundaries. To me, Enough is a word of abundance and expansiveness.
And as I sat more with this word, with Enough, I came to the understanding that there is another important way in which this word resonates with me. Self-worth and feeling like I am deserving of good things in my life is something I have struggled with (personally, even if it is not always evident to others), and to me, the word Enough is a reminder about who I am as a person, and a reminder that I am worthy.
I am Enough.
Who I am, all the quirks, and idiosyncrasies, and flaws and failures. Everything I have done, and haven’t done. The good, the bad, the meh. All of it together, I am Enough.
I don’t need to be more of something or less of another thing. I am Enough.
In a society where we are constantly being bombarded with messages that tell us to change who we are, and that say who you are is not good enough, it is easy to forget that you are enough. That your worth as a human is inherent, and you are deserving of happiness, and joy, and love, and comfort, and safety, and so much more.
I am enough.
You are enough.
We are, each of us in our own unique and individual way, enough.
I hope this serves as a reminder to anyone who needs to hear it, (perhaps even my future self as I read this over again some day).
There we go, that’s my story about my word of the year, and this picture is now my desktop picture on my laptop as a daily reminder. 🙂
What do you think about having a word of the year? Do you have one for 2020? I’d love to hear it and why you chose it.