Posted by: Kate | January 1, 2009

…the word, is the word that you heard ….*

So there’s this thing going around the blogs. I’m not usually one to go for the ‘thing’ as it were, but this one grabbed my attention last year. I watched people discuss and participate, if that is what you do, and I was interested. So this year, I am ready.

The ‘thing’ is, that you pick a word, just one word, to describe how you would like your year to go. Sort of a mantra, or a goal, or an ambition. Really it can be anything you want, the idea being that it is a word that has meaning for you.

One word? For me, finding one word for a year is like …. asking a lark not to sing, or the stars not to shine. One word?! Last year I thought no way. But the words that other people chose lingered in my mind, and teased at my thoughts. I watched as the bloggers came back to their words, worked with their words, created with their words…. and I was intrigued.

So, this year, I have found a word. I think…. no, I’m certain …. I have found a word to use as my guide, my muse, my direction for the year.


There it is, my word. I want to be more aware of life around me, of opportunities (before they’ve passed me by), of my son’s growing up, of my everyday bliss, of my creative urges. I want to drink in life, before it is another year gone by. I have a good life, one I cherish, and I want to be more aware of the moments that make up this good life. 

So there you have it. In the next week I may share how I will remind myself of that word during this year. 

Do you have a word?

*Extra credit to anyone who can name the movie that line comes from. Hint: it is a lyric line.



  1. Awareness is such a great word…and I know what you mean about it being hard to choose just one! When I think of the word Awareness, I think of living in the “now” or living in the moment which I’ve also been focusing on in the past year or so. It really makes a difference!

    Happy New Year to you and your family Kate!

  2. I did this last year, and to be honest it was something I eventually forgot about till you just reminded me now. I even forgot the word I chose… how bad is that? still, looking back, I found this word in a journal and looking back on it, it kind of came true for me.

  3. “Grease is the word, the word that you heard”

  4. Hm…I don’t know what mine would be. I’ll think about it though…

  5. Oh, wow, I love this! I was just having a conversation with someone the other day about this very thing — well, sort of. Choosing how our life will go — and choosing one word to direct it seems very inviting, satisfying and … self-fulfilling, of course! I have to sleep on this now, thanks for the idea …. :-)

  6. I haven’t seen this before and this post really made me think–thank you for that. I think that your word is great…sometimes it is frightening to me how fast time is passing by and how UNaware I am of things around me.

    I’m still thinking about my word–when I decide, I’ll be back here to share it with you in the comments.

  7. […] of you know, I like to pick one word to focus one throughout the year. Two years ago my word was Awareness, and last year my chosen word was Kindness. I enjoyed both of these words, and felt that they […]

  8. […] I am starting the year with a focus word. I have found this a useful practise. In 2009 my word was Awareness, and I feel like that word has stayed with me ever since. In 2010 it was Kindness, and it made me […]

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