I’m so blessed to be surrounded by inspirational people who have not only chosen their Word of The Year (WOTY) for 2023, but have also blogged about it so meaningfully. Lisa Burgess’ word is ‘human’. You can read her post here. Leanne Le Cras has chosen the phrase ‘ Live Lightly’. Her post is here. My word took a little while to be chosen this year. But I’m happy with it and the process I used to choose it.
But before we get to my word, here’s a look at my words since I started this practice in 2015.
My Word Of The Year For 2023
A couple of months ago, once again, inspired by Brené Brown’s writing , I thought that ‘wholehearted’ was going to be my word for 2023.
Then at the start of December, I was inspired to consider ‘breathe’ as my word.
It was only when I undertook the exercises from Susannah Conway’s ‘Find Your Word (2023) that two other words, apart from ‘breathe’, occurred to me – ‘nurture’ and ‘heal’.
The What Do I Need in 2023 Exercise
I began to answer these two questions:
- What I need more of in 2023?
- What do I need less of in 2023?
That’s when healing kept popping up. If I’m honest, I tried to fight the word. I’ve been working on my healing for year now and thought, I was done with healing! Apparently, not! I realize that healing is slow and sacred, and I must honour the process, no matter how long it takes.
I’ve also been ignoring my physical health a lot in the last year. 2023 is the year for me to focus on this.
Some events in the last few months of 2022 left me feeling very vulnerable and deeply hurt. When lies and treachery are used against us, for standing up for something that is right and legal, it can break one’s spirit. Despite the support and love I’ve received through this, and the resources I have at my disposal, it was a reminder of past hurts, especially the injustice of it all. Emotional healing, especially through writing, is what I need work on more deeply.
The Ideal Day Exercise
This very useful visualization exercise made me long to feel content, satisfied and healthy at the end of each day.
Another area of healing I identified was my work. I’ve been putting off working with other people. I need to shut my inner critic up, get in touch with my true self – and start showing up and being big.
Looking Forward To The Process Of Healing
It took me a few days, but I’ve started owning ‘Heal’ and looking forward to the process.
As I did last year, I will be sharing monthly updates through this journey in 2023. If you’d like to receive these updates (with links to useful resources), please sign up using the form below.
I would love to hear what your Word for 2023 is. If you haven’t chosen one yet, it’s not too late.
Some useful resources:
To help with your WOTY :
You can download Susannah Conway’s ‘Find Your Word (2023) here.
You can also join Lisa Burgess’ One Word Community for next year by signing up here.
If you are wondering what to do with your Word of the Year once you have it narrowed down, do read Amy Weir’s post on this. There are some great ideas here.
To help with well-being :