I don't even remember how long ago it started. I have been in the blogging community for so long I don't remember exactly the first year I read about picking a word. I do know that it was back when Susannah Conway blogged under the name "Ink on my Fingers" and before she was a published author. Isn't it cool to watch people's dreams come true? I digress...
For years, I've been using this exercise of choosing a word for my year. And if doing so has taught me anything, it's that focusing your intentions into just one word (or phrase, or mantra... but especially just one single word) is powerful! I still make resolutions (sometimes) but I love to focus my mind, soul, and energy into a single word so that all my thoughts and intentions pass through its filter.
There's not magic to finding your word. Usually my word kind of just comes to me as I sit quietly and start to wrap up one year in my head and open up my intentions to the one upcoming. Usually a few words float around my thoughts, then synonyms, and then one word just feels right. Sometimes my words shock me a little bit. Other times they fall into my life like the last piece in puzzle. But every year they have proven to be influential in the events of the year to come!
Past words of the year:
2009: VISIBLE - The first year a word was influential in my life. This was the year our photography business really took off and getting our word seen by as many eyes as possible became a theme.
2010: UP (or "RISE") -After a bit of a burnout from working so hard I wanted our success to be more effortless like a hot air balloon balloon rising.
2011 + 2012: These years were the years of my pregnancy and post partum. They were definitely a hard time and I never ended up picking a word. I was in survival mode. I guess SURVIVE ended up being my word because it was all I focused on.
2013: CALM - I never picked this word but I realized I'd been living it about halfway through the year. After coming out of the fog of PPD I wanted a year that was peaceful.
2014: BRAVE - At the end of 2013 I made a decision that changed the trajectory of my life and 2014 was when I really ran with that decision. Bravery was required.
2015: POSSIBILITY - Last year I came back with intention to my old tradition of picking words. I chose possibility and oh what a year of possibility it was!!!
Looking back at 2015. The year of POSSIBIITY:
In 2015 I saw the potential to have a big foundational year. My husband and I both talked about it. We wanted 2015 to be the year that we laid the groundwork for our future. And although we didn't check every goal off our list, we definitely made some serious progress. In January of 2015 I started the year as a 2* diamond coach (that's my rank, think of it like job titles like "assistant manager" or "district manager") I ended the year as a 13* diamond coach with 17 lifetime diamond coaches under me. That means I helped 15 people to get to the milestone of Diamond coach which is a huge milestone in the coaching business. I love the mentoring aspect of my job so this number jump means so much to me!
In January of 2013 I made about $5000 in monthly income as a coach! It was a huge milestone to me to be at a full time income. But I saw the possibility for growth and I ended the year with a monthly income 4 times my January number. Talk about possibility!*
In January of 2013 I had a team of a little less than 1000 coaches. At the end of the year our downline is now over 3000 people strong!
In January of 2013 I was ranked in the company in the mid 100's. In 2015 because of the work my team did I jumped up to being the #26 coach in the company! Right now I'm hovering in the 30's and I know my team will one day be a Top 10 Team!
In 2015 my husband and I were able to actually start building our savings, something we were never able to do before because we were living practically paycheck to paycheck with very inconsistent income as full time artists. This was HUGE for our family since we want to have stability financially as our son grows and our family grows.
In 2015 we bought a truck and a 5th wheel that we plan to makeover and take on the road in 2016! This decision was FULL OF POTENTIAL because we are going to be able to travel the US and make all kinds of memories as a family next year. Since my job is not limited geographically, I can work anywhere that I have internet access so we are so excited to tackle this adventure!
Looking forward to 2016!
As 2015 draws to a close I am happy to wrap it up and let it go into the past. It was a challenging, exciting, hard-working, sometimes heart-breaking year. But all in all it was a great, foundational year that showed us the potential for the path we are on right now in life! I was having a harder time than usual coming up with my word for 2016. I tested a few out, rolled them over in my mind, but none stuck. Until one did. And you guys, for the first time ever, I resisted it!
I resisted my 2016 word. It's never happened to me before. I thought I didn't like how it sounded. I was weary of the implications of it. What if... What if... What if.... Then I realized. It was all just fear. Because this word is a big word. And it's appropriate because I feel as if I'm standing on the precipice. This upcoming year has the potential to be one of the biggest in my life if I choose to make it so. And there the fear comes in. What if people don't connect with me in this way? What if I can't make these big goals happen? What if I fail?
Oh, but darling, what if you fly!
So, without further adieu... my 2016 word for the year, that makes me a little bit afraid and a whole lotta bit excited is....
It's a bit intimidating right? Can I live up to this word? And then I realized that everything that I experienced in 2015 has led me to this point. All the messages from the Universe, all the tapping into my own power, all the lessons about energy and manifestation... it's all led me here, for this exact moment, to make this exact decision to embody UNLEASHED in 2016.
To become free, to set into motion, to unloose, to release upon the world, to bring about, to assert... doesn't it sound a bit like "manifestion without frustration"? The message I've been getting from the Universe for the last 6 months?!
I know it's time. It is scary, and that's how I know it's right. No more holding back. No more hiding. To open up and let everyone see it. To unleash the potential I hold into my life. To share. To set into motion. To UNLOOSE, myself and hopefully help others do the same. I am ready.
Do no harm, but take no shit. Wild and precious. No holding back.
And if you need more help figuring it out, I made this quick video explaining more about how I discover my word (and my colors for those of you who are really visual) for the year and what I do with them after! Enjoy.
Still need more help? One of my favorite bloggers, Susannah Conway, has put together a fantastic workbook that I love and use each year to help you get ready for 2016. You can see it in the photos above! Download it here. She also has a free e-course you can sign up for to help you pick your work if you're having trouble.
*Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. For more information see the Beachbody Statement of Independent Coach Earnings