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A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Your Word of the Year

Michelle Lewis, The Blessings Butterfly

As the New Year approaches, many people find themselves reflecting on the past and contemplating their aspirations for the future. One popular and powerful practice that has gained momentum in recent years is selecting a “Word of the Year.” Rather than setting traditional resolutions, choosing a guiding word can provide focus, clarity, and a sense of purpose throughout the coming months. This is something that I’ve been practicing for ages, and it’s served me far better than rigid resolutions ever did!

Here’s my beginner-friendly guide on how to select a meaningful Word of the Year that aligns with your intentions and goals:

Reflect on Your Values and Goals

Before diving into the selection process, take some time for self-reflection. Consider your values, both personal and professional, and think about the goals you hope to achieve in the coming year. What areas of your life do you want to focus on? What qualities do you want to cultivate?

Identify Themes and Patterns

Examine the recurring themes or patterns that have emerged in your life recently. Are there specific challenges or opportunities that you anticipate in the coming year? Identifying these themes can help you choose a word that resonates deeply with your current life circumstances.

Consider Areas of Growth

Think about the areas of your life where you want to grow or evolve. Whether it’s related to your career, relationships, health, or personal development, pinpoint the areas that could benefit from intentional attention and improvement.

Choose a Positive and Empowering Word

Select a word that feels positive and empowering to you. Your Word of the Year should inspire and motivate, so opt for something that resonates with your heart and encourages a sense of possibility and achievement.

Keep it Simple

While it’s tempting to choose a complex or multi-faceted word, simplicity often leads to greater impact. A simple word is easier to remember and integrate into your daily life, making it more likely that you’ll stay focused on its meaning.

However, you might find a phrase or mantra is easier for you or resonates deeply. Go with what feels right for you!

Explore Word Options

Explore a variety of words that align with your reflections and goals. Use online resources, books, or even a thesaurus to discover words that capture the essence of what you hope to achieve or embody in the coming year.

Listen to Your Intuition

As you explore potential words, pay attention to your intuition. Some words may resonate more strongly than others, eliciting a sense of excitement or alignment. Trust your instincts as you narrow down your options.

Visualize Your Word in Action

Take a moment to visualize how your chosen word might manifest in your life. Picture yourself embodying the qualities associated with the word and imagine the positive impact it could have on your experiences and decisions.

Set Intentions and Create Reminders

Once you’ve chosen your Word of the Year, set clear intentions around it. Write down how you plan to integrate this word into your daily life and goals. Create reminders, such as sticky notes, digital wallpapers, or daily affirmations, to help keep your chosen word at the forefront of your mind.

Embrace Flexibility

Remember that your Word of the Year is a guide, not a strict rule. Embrace the flexibility to adapt and evolve as the year progresses. Life is dynamic, and your word can be a source of inspiration rather than a rigid expectation.

Share and Connect

Consider sharing your Word of the Year with friends, family, or a supportive community. Sharing your intention can foster accountability and create a sense of shared purpose with those around you. In fact, I would love it if you shared your Word with me! Feel free to leave your Word, Phrase, or Mantra in the comments.


Choosing a Word of the Year is a powerful practice that can bring focus, intention, and positivity into your life. By reflecting on your values, identifying growth areas, and selecting a word that resonates with your aspirations, you can set the tone for a purposeful and fulfilling year ahead. As you embark on this journey, allow your chosen word to serve as a guiding light, illuminating the path toward your goals and intentions.

Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly Companion Guide.