Glow: My Word for 2017
I stumbled across a "Find Your Word" exercise last month and was immediately intrigued. Lately, I have been working on my inner world, meaning I have been seeking out pursuits that enrich my understanding of myself and my spirituality. The exercise promised an alternative to resolutions, the author explaining, "Choosing a word as a guiding light for the new year works for me because it feels so much more expansive. A word can be embraced as a mantra, a meditation, a reminder, a promise. A word can be interpreted in different ways." Though it's well past the new year, her rejection of resolutions spoke to me, and I thought that finding a word for the remainder of the year would be a fun way to focus myself.
The exercise is a five-day mini-course, though I took longer to complete it because I didn't work on it every day. On the first day, I had no idea how I could possibly find a single word that would resonate strongly enough to be my word for 2017. By Day Three, a word was already tugging on my sleeve. I decided on my word on the fourth day, and spent the fifth and final day crafting a Pinterest board filled with inspiration from my word.
My word for 2017 - the word that I just knew would light me up this year - is glow. GLOW. g l o w. I needed an inward word, one that would support me as I work on myself and create the life I want this year. I needed a word that, as Susannah Conway suggests, I would want to wrap around my shoulders and wear for a whole year. A protective essence, and an invitation to grow and stretch that light around the shoulders of others, too. To me, glow represents health, wellness, aliveness, and a fundamental quality of wellbeing. Glow symbolizes warmth in my connections with my friends, my family, and my community. Glow is passion, intensity, vividness in my vision. To glow is to bloom brilliantly, to cultivate luminosity and to radiate it from within.
I'm looking forward to monthly check-ins with my word, to doodling it all over my bullet journal, and to repeating it as a mantra when I need strength. I encourage you to find your word, too - even if you're normally not interested in this sort of exercise. You might surprise yourself. In the meantime, watch me glow.