I know it’s January 3rd and I usually post this much earlier in December, but it’s taken me a bit to figure out exactly what I want my intentions to be for this new year. You can say I’m being intentional with my intentions. As such, I’ve been taking my time filling out Susannah Conway’s Unravel Your Year workbook. Reflecting back, 2018 seemed like a very stagnant year for me and going forward I want to feel like I’ve grown. So I really wanted to take my time to unravel the past year and set a vision for this new year to come. And I want to be intentional about it by setting ways for me to be accountable with myself. I haven’t quite finished filling out the workbook, but I do have a better idea what my intentions are now.
I also worked through Susannah’s Find Your Word workbook even though I had an inkling what my word was going to be for the year. And it wasn’t even her workbook that helped me make sure it was the right one, but a lovely comment reply Suse Fish left me on her Word for 2019 post. Filling out the workbook only helped me hone in on why the word fit for this new year.
For 2019 I’m going with bloom as my one little word.
What really sealed the deal for me was Suse describing the word bloom as “a gentle unfurling.” If you remember my intentions for my unraveling journal and how I want to explore more of myself this new year. I want to work through Susannah’s Unraveling course again and really dig deep into myself but in a creative way through writing, photography, and art. The image of gently unfurling–of gently unfolding and unraveling–resonated so much with me. And after putting the word bloom through the Find Your Word workbook and really fleshing it out, it just seemed like the one.
So my word for the year is bloom.
It’s definitely an active word both inward and outward. Inward action is my unraveling–my gentle unfurling. It’s me getting through all of these self courses I’ve set myself to complete and explore my inner world through my creative processes.
My outward actions stem from this inward exploration. For this, I’ve broken down my word to be supported by four other words: create, inspire, cultivate, and engage.
I want to continue to create. I’m determined to keep a daily habit of creating this new year. I want to explore photography more and finally go on some photo walks. I want to delve deep into journaling and actually journal. Art journaling just comes so easy for me, but the real meat of processing my thoughts through words is a lot harder and something I want to be mindful to do more of this year. I also want to keep up with my memory keeping but it a more streamline way.
Inspire. I want what I create to continue to inspire people. That’s the best part of creating so openly. I also want to continue to be inspired. I’m hoping to take myself out on some artist dates this year.
I want to cultivate this community that I’ve acquired for myself and continue to engage with those who find worth in what I create and share. I want to be open to these new relationships with like-minded people. I’ve been so fortunate that this online creative community is so open and supportive of each other. I’ve found my community, but now I feel like I need to find my tribe in a way. Actually form relationships with those whom I admire and can relate to. I really would love to establish those connections and grow in that way as well.
My plans aren’t really substantial goals like I’ve had in years past. There’s no set reading goal or how many journals/planners/scrapbooks I want to keep. I’m leaving all of that open this year and want to focus on these actions I’ve outlined above. I’m really intending for bloom to be my guiding word for the year. This is one that I want to stick with until the end. I want to stay accountable to it.
Have you chosen a word to guide you through your year?