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Ready to Choose Your Word of the Year? {Giveaway}

Ready to Choose Your Word of the Year

What if planning for 2019 felt thrilling? Exciting? Fun and invigorating?

With the new year just a champagne toast away, most of us are busy thinking about our resolutions: get healthy, exercise more, eliminate sugar, quit carbs (for good!) But trying to make big changes all at once can be daunting. Not surprising, this rarely works. We burn out – or pull a muscle, or unhappily binge-eat a batch of baby fudgey bars over the sink.

For me, New Year’s promises became an exercise in shame and disappointment, rather than hope and excitement; they highlighted all the ways that my previous year didn’t quite measure up, instead of filling me up with visions of the future.

But at the end of 2013, I shifted the way I thought about my coming year, and instantly, everything felt different: lighter, easier, and sustainable.

What did I do? I chose a word of the year. (My favorite annual ritual!)

In 2018, I picked the word celebrate. In 2017, ease was what I needed most. For 2016, it was spaciousness. 2015 was guided by trust. The year before that, I strived to simplify. And savor kicked the whole tradition off exactly seven years ago.

My “word of the year” anchors my daily life. It guides the work that I do, the choices that I make, and the way that I navigate my days. When I feel adrift, I remember my word of the year and come back to myself – and my goals for coming months.

My word for 2019? Evolve. (Sounds fun and exciting, doesn't it?)

Evolve means not fighting for things to stay as I think they should be, but learning to go with the flow. It means not staying stuck – and moving through each day, each season, and this life open to change that allows me to grow. It’s about doing things differently and getting to know new versions of myself, again and again.

Choosing to evolve is about making space for spontaneity, curiosity, and flexibility. It puts me firmly in the present, rather than focused on the past or an imagined, uncertain future.

  • When I go on autopilot, I will remind myself to mix it up and welcome last-minute change of schedule, giving myself permission to bend and evolve instead of feeling guilty for not sticking with the “plan.”
  • When a client tells me about wanting to release an old food story of stress and anxiety that she has lived with for so long, I will remind her that her body is not static, and she can evolve– and write a new story – at any point in time.
  • When my big projects take three times as long to launch (looking at you podcast!) but end up feeling so much more aligned with the message I want to share, I’ll remember how grateful I am for the extra time to evolve.

To really evolve, I’ll ditch rigidity and commit myself to growth in all areas of my life. That means shedding layers (even those that I have clung to for ages) and in the process become the person that I am meant to be!

But my word of 2019 may not be your word. Perhaps you’d like the next year to feel calm or connected or creative. Maybe you seek simplicity, or to feel more grateful.

Choosing a word of the year has grounded me and changed the course of my next trip around the sun and I know it can do the same for you!

Here are three steps to get you started:

Think … about how you want to feel. In order to keep traditional resolutions, we track numbers: calories, dollars, social media followers. But with a single word as your beacon, 2019 becomes easier and sweeter. A “successful” year becomes a year that feels the way you want it to feel.

Dig deep. Peer through the window of your Future Dream Life. Really imagine the specifics: how do you want your life to feel? FreeSupportedConfident? Imagine your heart and mind feeling that way, every single day, then choose your word accordingly.

Trust … your intuition. Choosing your word of the year is a lot easier than you might expect. You don’t necessarily have to labor over this decision; just reflect. In 2018, what worked? What didn’t? If you’re honest with yourself, you probably already know how you’d like next year to be different. When a word springs to mind and feels right in your gut, you’ve got it!

Apply … your word to your whole life. Supported at home means something different than supported in your professional life. And connected to your body is different than being connected to your partner.

How does your word apply at work? At home? In your thoughts? Does it affect the way you move your body, or the food choices you make? Will it change the way you use technology, or the ideas that fill your mind? When you apply your word to all the areas of your life, you’re ready to make it happen everywhere.

Now it’s your turn: To encourage you to find your word for 2019, I’ve partnered with my absolute favorite clean beauty brand Follain. We're giving away a gorgeous kit filled with organic rose bath salts, rose body butter, a luxurious dry brush plus some other surprises to one lucky person! It will help you start the year feeling radiant – and will remind you to take care of yourself, too! To enter, share your word of 2019 in the comments, and I’ll pick a winner at random on December 29th. Good luck!

Wishing you a year filled with health and happiness… while allowing yourself to evolve!

*Thanks to all who shared their word of the year! The winner has been notified, and we will do this again next year!!

57 Comments

  • Kathy Lee Baker says:

    My word is WHOLE.

    Whole body
    Whole mind
    Whole soul
    Whole spirit

    This coming year, keeping my word WHOLE in front of me when I wake, eat, play, pray and sleep will encourage me to make the right choices that are WHOLE and this will begin my journey of being WHOLE.

    Thank you, Elise, for always having uplifting emails of inspiration for accomplishing the best for us.

    • Thank you, Kathy, for your kind comment and for being part of this community.

      You can’t go wrong with having WHOLE guide you as you enter the new year, especially for all those reasons!!

      I hope 2019 is all about feeling WHOLE in all that you do.

      xx
      Elise

    • Lucia says:

      I choose the word FREE. I want to be emotionally Free. Free of holding pain, negatives thoughts and emotions. I want to be able to reach my simple gols free from feeling not sklllid. I want to be Free of procrastination. I want to have Joy, laughter and gratitude in my life and of course an amazing loving relationship :)))

  • Jody says:

    I absolutely love this idea …. thanks so much for sharing it!
    My word for 2019 will be “embrace”! I want to embrace all that I have accomplished with my health and wellness during the past 5 years and continue to make positive changes in 2019. I also want to embrace the time I have to spend time with family and friends. Time goes by so quickly and I sometimes forget how lucky I am to have the family and friends that I have. At work, I will embrace the opportunities I have been given to share what I have learned about health and wellness as well as the people who are open to learning how to improve their health. I’m looking so forward to embracing 2019!!

  • Annette says:

    My word is FORGIVENESS. I’ve had a lot of hurt over the past few years, but this year was the worst. I’m having trouble forgiving, to the point that I’m allowing it to occupy my thoughts at times. I want to forgive those who hurt me and not worry about whether they will get payback.

    • Annette,

      I am sorry about the hurt. When you forgive, you lift a big weight that is burdening you. I think you will feel so much lighter and be able to enter the new year fresh.

      I hope 2019 is a good one for you!!

      xx
      Elise

  • Alicia says:

    I LOVE this idea! When I read the tile, trust and confidence immediately came to mind. Trust myself and my relationships. Have confidence in who I am and the choices I make. Pushing away the self-doubt and anxiety. Trusting me and having confidence in what I do!

  • Joyce says:

    I love this idea- and my word for 2019 is NOURISH ! We need to Nourish ourselves with our food, exercise, family, friends and uplifting moments -Nourishing ourselves is essential before we can give to others. We must NOURISH our own foundations first!

  • Tammy Karasek says:

    This is seventh year of choosing One Word verses stressful resolutions. My word for 2019 is COMPLETE. Many reasons – complete what I’ve started, to be complete and make a new habit to only start what I know I can complete

  • MJ MORSE says:

    Luxuriate. A word to live by for 2019. I want to take the time to enjoy each phase, every day from washing the dishes to a sweaty workout to a spa day for self care. Settle in and luxuriate.

  • Dana says:

    Elise, I have been thinking about this for a few weeks now, what word should I choose? And it seemed a struggle until yesterday when I told a student in my class to free their muscles as I could see them clenching & all the stress it was inducing & the wasted energy they were using. So my word has become “free” not only in body but in mind & definitely in spirit. Freedom to feel how I want to when I want to, freedom to express myself and not be judged, freedom from my own stresses, hopefully finding more ease in my life. I could go on & on, this is just the short list. Love you & all of your inspiration always. I hope that your holidays are magical and free! Happy and healthy to you and your family!

    • Dana,

      You are such a thoughtful person….ALWAYS! I had a deep breath of relaxation when I read your word and explanation of it. Funny how you found it in the midst of supporting someone else.

      Cheers to feeling happy and FREE in 2019!

      xx
      Elise

  • Holly Pelton says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I have struggled with coming up with a word for 2019 but I have finally settled on the word BALANCE! I tend to be the person who will take on too much and then burst at the seems or stress over the smallest things when something goes wrong. I hope in 2019 I find a balance between work life, school life, eating habits, and social events. I hope 2019 is another wonderful year for you, your family and friends!

    • Hi Holly!!

      Glad the struggle is over and you chose a word that feels good to you. I love your explanation and hope that you find BALANCE in 2019.

      Happy healthy New Year to you!!

      xx
      Elise

  • venice says:

    this is such a good idea. i have given it some thought and i came up with the word connected….. connected to my inner being, connected to who i really am. then i can be more. then i can give more. wishing you and your family a delicious 2019!

  • Tamar Hanoun says:

    Love this post, Elise! My word for 2018 is GRATEFUL. I want to remind myself on a daily basis to be grateful for *everything* in my life – friends/family, food on the table, my job, the ability to see/walk/hear, you name it! Finding things every day to be grateful for to tune out the negative thoughts that can be so detrimental to our emotional wellbeing. Your posts every day on Instagram and recipes surely help me feel grateful for the abundant, healthy food I put into my body.

    Thank you for everything that you do!

    • Hi Tamar!

      Thank you for such a kind comment and for being part of this community. I really appreciate your words. Also, GRATEFUL is such a good choice to guide you through 2019. Gratitude got me through some very challenging times this year and really does work.

      Wishing you an incredible year ahead.

      xx
      Elise

  • Emily Watson says:

    My word is breathe. Too often I rush through the days, carting my kids here and there, and I forget to just breathe in the moment. The whole day will go by and I won’t feel like I have experienced it. As if I have forgotten to breathe! I want to remember that each breath, each moment, is precious. I don’t want life to pass me by this year!

  • Michelle says:

    Loving your word for 2019.
    This will be my first Word of the Year and I’m choosing GROWTH.

    I want to take time this year to discover who Michelle really is and how I can grow.

    Happy New Year!

  • Rindy says:

    CHERISH . . . all that we have: health, family, friends, success in any aspect of our life, whether big or small.
    Happy holidays and a healthy New Year to all!

  • Stephanie says:

    Kindness.
    Not only for other human being, animals or nature which I’m pretty good for. But also for myself.
    Kindness for my body, my soul, my emotion, my flaws, my skilss. The whole me.
    This is my main goal and challenge for the upcoming year.

  • Judith says:

    love this! my word would be curiosity – it’s something I strive to challenge myself with every day.

  • Laura says:

    Dear Elise,
    When I was reading your article my word immediately hit me. At the same time I felt this strong and moving emotion. It was definitely an instant connection to an inner source of knowledge. Can you believe I am barely spiritual?!

    Anyway, my word is a Dutch word: ontmoeten. I already know this is going to help me every day. Thank you so much.
    I can tell you a very long story why and how, but I will keep it short:

    On the one hand it means NOT-having to…. do something, feel something, be someone, think something, be strong, tell myself what to do, obey to negative thoughts, say yes when I mean no etcetera.

    On the other hand it means MEETING. As I get so much happiness from connecting with someone. Of course my family, my friends and also strangers, a smile can mean so much! And also planning regular quality dates with my husband…. So important. In general I believe connecting with people is what make life worth living.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, HONEY!
    I already feel like a huge winner!!!!!

    P.S. My words of 2018 were: “relax, you’re doing great”.

    • Hi Laura,

      This is amazing. I love your words for 2018. What a nice pep talk to give yourself all year!!

      Thank you for explaining your Dutch word. It seems like a powerful concept way beyond a word. And you are so right that connection is key to life!!

      You are a winner and already off to an incredible start!

      xx
      Elise

  • Laura says:

    Hey Stephanie,
    The same for me. Beautiful word. Wishing you all the best for 2019.
    Love, Laura
    (My comment below)

  • Laura says:

    Thanks, Elise. Wishing you all the best!

  • Clare says:

    My word is PRESENCE – for the joys, for the sorrows, for the opportunities, for the beauty within everything and everyone I encounter.

  • Rachel says:

    My word is love. Love for things and people around me as well as myself.

  • Pati Olson says:

    Last year my word was RESPECT. This year I am focusing on APPRECIATION.
    Your blog has greatly i fluenced my life.

  • Wehaf says:

    Growth. I want to grow mentally and emotionally. I want my body to grow stronger and healthier, and my life to grow richer and more varied.

  • Maura says:

    Gratitude. I think that if I change my chatter and put gratitude at the forefront of my thoughts, words and actions I will be in a much happier place and have the inner-peace to be able to take care of myself and my family. It has been a long two years with my daughter (age 17) fighting cancer. I start today to be grateful that she is healthy as she continues to receive treatment. With gratitude. Happy New Year!

    • Hi Maura!
      Thank you so much for sharing here. I do think that gratitude helps see the positive as much as possible. What good news that your daughter is healing. Sending warm wishes for a very healthy 2019!

      xx
      Elise

  • Ally says:

    I’m thinking somewhere in between tranquility and centered. I’ll have to dig a little to figure out what exact word. It was a good year but lots of stress and not enough time to just chill and relax!

  • Jessica says:

    Thank you for sharing this great post which has inspired me to take a moment to really tune in connect and listen to what I need to see me into 2019 the word that has come to me is VERVE! Which I will be letting colour and guide me through.

    Thank you!

  • Steph says:

    I like the word – “live”. Just live and stop making myself live up to all these requirements I think make me a adequate person but are stressful

  • Kim says:

    My word is FREEDOM!!

    Freedom from my ‘future ex husband’

    Freedom to spend time with whoever I want

    Freedom to work, study and or play when and where I want

    Freedom to be a vegan

    Freedom not to shave my legs!!

  • Edye says:

    Love! Love for me and for others.

  • HilLesha says:

    My word for 2019 is ADVENTURE. 🙂

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