Choosing My Word of the Year for 2020

Saturday, January 4, 2020

This will be my third year choosing a word of the year instead of doing a new year resolution. In 2018, I chose “Progress.” Last year, I chose “Authentic.” It was an interesting word of the year choice because, at the time, I wasn’t sure how I was going to live by authenticity all year long. When I chose progress, it was easy to measure with goals or life events. Authentic is much more of an abstract concept to think about. But somehow, I lived by the word authentic for an entire year.

As I prepare myself for what 2020 will bring, (aka marriage among other adulting things), I wanted to reflect on how I lived by the word, authentic, in 2019.

In 2019,

  • Experienced grief in a very raw way and accepted that I wasn’t going to feel okay all the time
  • Learned how to properly use “I feel” statements so I could reliably present my emotions without attacking others
  • Found my voice in my writing and listened to it
  • Shared Instagram stories that were true to me, rather than posting what I thought people would want to see
  • Showed my genuine personality when meeting new people
  • Only shared content I believed in
  • Listened to my body and began to treat it better through sleep, diet, and exercise
  • Accepted myself as me and remained true to that rather than trying to change
  • Took a hard look at my finances instead of hiding from them

2019 was a very emotional year, but I’m proud of all the self-growth I have experienced. Since last year put me through the wringer, I decided to focus on my own happiness for 2020.

For 2020, the word I have chosen for the year is “Bliss.” Bliss is defined as perfect happiness; great joy. I know that 2020 will be my year and I’m trying to prepare for all the changes I will need to endure. In 2020, I will be assuming a new role as a wife in September and standing by my fiance as he begins a new job. I’m also planning on having an entire edited draft of my first novel done by the end of the year. I have never been great at accepting change, so by choosing bliss every day, I hope to remain ready for the challenges 2020 throws at me.

I hope reading this post will inspire you to choose your own word of the year to live by, rather than creating resolutions that are difficult to keep. If you need an idea of a word to choose, check out this blog post from last year, where I talk about my 2019 word of the year and give out word ideas. Please leave me a comment down below and tell me what word you are choosing for your word of the year. Here’s to a great 2020!

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