Choose Your Word of the Year


I don’t know how long feels like 5 or 6 years, that I abandoned the idea of establishing a resolution for the new year. As Mommying While Muslim founder Zaiba Hasan aptly and humorously pointed out in her last blog post The Un-resolution Resolution, “, resolution setting, for many people, sets them up for failure.  It’s probably why even Melinda Gates chooses a word of the year as well!

The premise behind choosing your word of the year is more about deciding what kind of person you want to be this year and then choosing a word that helps you get closer to or become that person.

There are a host of websites, articles, blogs,  that walk you through a variety of processes and I’ll share the links to a couple of my favorites that I’ve used in the past. But, after utilizing outside processes for many years, I’ve designed my own process that works best for me.

My personal ritual for establishing my word is as follows:

  1. Pick a day and block out a couple of hours where you can be by yourself. I know this is the hardest part of the whole process for me! But, I’ve hired a babysitter and even enlisted the help of friends in the past when my husband was not available. I treat this time as sacred and I absolutely make this a priority project that must happen.

  2. Sit in meditation/prayer for 20-30 minutes with a focus on the intention to have a guiding word for yourself at the end of the ritual.

  3. Journal about the kind of things you dream about doing this year, the things you’d like to have, the impact you want to create and the relationships you’d like to grow. Essentially, these things help me then think about the kind of person I need to be in order to do or accomplish these things.

  4. Put your focus on the kind of person you want to become in 2019. Really get into the feeling of what that would feel like. How do you feel when you start to feel like this person? Put words to those feelings. Eventually, tease those words down to just one word.

My word for 2019 is APPRECIATION.

Once you’ve established your word, take a moment to pray and set the intention of remembering this word daily and in every moment of your life this year.

A few other things you might want to journal about is what you’ll need in order to embody your word. For me, as a mom, CEO, wife and friend, I know I have to learn to manage my energy in order to stay in a state of appreciation. Energy levels really dictate my state of mind and therefore I created a list of things I can turn to in those moments when energy levels are depleted and my brain isn’t making the best decisions!

So, do you feel inclined to determine your word of the year for 2019? If so, you can utilize the method/process I used or here are some links to a few other resources that I have found helpful over the years.

  1. - a whole website and movement dedicated to choosing your one word.

  2. - requires no work at all, just keep clicking to see a new word until one just feels right.

  3. - Christine Kane’s workbook was the very first resource I used when I first ventured into this work of establishing my word. It’s a fabulous resource.

When you come up with your word, I would LOVE to know what it is! Please share your word in the comments below.

Here’s to a fabulous and supportive 2019.



Zaiba Hasan