Word of the Year


If you aren’t too consumed with holiday crafts, parties, pageants, and every other wonderful thing that happens in mid-December, you may remember that the year 2014 is quickly coming to a close!  It has become very popular to choose a word of the year (or WOTY if you’re really cool) to summarize the previous year. Yesterday, Merriam-Webster announced that their WOTY for 2014 is CULTURE. Earlier, Oxford chose the word VAPE for 2014 and Dictionary.com has chosen EXPOSURE.

While many media outlets are looking backwards over the past year, it is also a time to look ahead and begin planning for 2015. As words can be found to define an entire year, people have begun choosing words to replace mantra’s, quotes or resolutions for their hopes and plans for the coming year. A WOTY can be a goal, a positive thought, a hope or desire, a focus or even encouragement, and it can give you direction and guidance with decision making.

How Does it Work? Simple: Pick a word. Pick two or three or seven, it’s your year, do what you want. If a word hasn’t already jumped into your head, then pause a moment and think about the next 12 months, really think about it. Run your mind over all of the events already planned out. Maybe look over the last 12 months and think about what you liked about them, what you would’ve done differently, how you wish you would’ve reacted to different events. What do you want more of in your life? What do you want less of in your life? Find a word or words to describe your goal(s).

Need some inspiration? Here are a few popular words:

HOPE                                                                 MINIMIZE                                    TODAY

DETERMINATION                                               SHINE                                          CELEBRATE

LOVE                                                                 HAPPY                                         BE

ADVENTURE                                                      COMMIT                                       ACCEPT

BRAVE                                                              ASK                                             CHALLENGE

CURIOUS                                                          LISTEN                                         RELAX

PERSEVERE                                                     PRAY                                           OKAY

ENJOY                                                              LOOK                                           NOW

BEAUTY                                                            DISCIPLINE                                  PEACE

AWE                                                                NO                                                  FOCUS

TRY                                                               SHINE                                            LIGHT

YES                                                               MIRROR                                         NAMASTE

PEACE                                                            BALANCED                                  FREE

STRENGTH                                                   GIVE                                               GLOW

COURAGE                                                    PASSION                                      WHOLE

OPTIMISM                                                    DEEPER                                        RELEASE

And then… Once you have your word (or words), write it down in your agenda, on your calendar, post it to your fridge, your bathroom mirror, beside your alarm clock, on your dashboard, and make it your screensaver and your phone wallpaper. Breathe it in, feel it, and make that word your WOTY.




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Jill has lived in London for her entire life, other than a brief hiatus for school. She has three children and is trying very hard to get them excited about her passions: yoga, Harry Potter, food, and books. If you have something you think LondonMoms would be interested in, you can contact her at jill@londonmoms.ca

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