I’ve been doing a Word of the Year since 2011. You can see my words for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 here if you are curious.
Last year I was fired up when I wrote the post for 2016’s word.
Full of determination.
Ready to tear the roof off the sucker.
If you had to picture how I was feeling, you could envision Dana Carvey flexing hard as part of Hans and Franz, pumping you up.
Lots of masculine energy.
This year… this year’s just a wee bit different.
It’s love, my dear.
This is why.
It’s love because I’ve never focused on loving myself.
It’s love because I’ve never had a clue what loving yourself really meant.
It’s love because I was bullied in sixth grade.
It’s love because I’m finally delving into Louise Hay’s work.
It’s love because I’m anxious.
It’s love because I’ve been in one relationship after another practically straight since the age of 15.
It’s love because so many of those relationships were just… wrong.
It’s love because I lost a beloved grandmother at a very young age.
It’s love because Aleppo.
It’s love because I tend to isolate far too much.
It’s love because I know it’s not selfish.
It’s love because my best friend and her whole family were killed when I was 11.
It’s love because I grew up in a home where love was not demonstrated in front of me. Or really to me, at least overtly, for that matter.
It’s love because my parents slept in separate bedrooms, under the same roof, from the time I was 8 until they divorced 14 years later.
It’s love because I’m divorced.
It’s love because I’ve been following other people’s paths.
It’s love because of this damn election.
It’s love because I’m not helping anywhere near the amount of people that I need to.
It’s love because of how sick my brother was when he was 9.
It’s love because I woke up in a hospital Easter morning at age 22.
It’s love because I’m terrified of being lonely and it’s led me to stay long past expiration dates.
It’s love because at 39, I’m in full-on fear mode of having decided to face that terror head on, for the first time.
It’s love because I finally get what it really means.
It’s love because I know it’s messed with my manifesting what I want.
It’s love because I’ve been listening too much to other people’s opinions.
It’s love because Lucille Ball said:
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. ~Lucille Ball Click To Tweet
And that’s really the bottom line. 🙂
Please tell me your word in the comments, darlings. <3
…..in God to know that he is walking out my steps.
…..in myself to know that I am able to move mountains.
…..to know that I am always more than enough.
…..in myself to know that I can accomplish anything.
…..to know that I can make an impact on the world.
…..in my skills, abilities and God given gifts.
…..to dream big and know that I can make them come true.
…..in the generosity of mankind and the assurance that the world is good.
…..that is unshakable, undeniable and unquestionably ME!
Kimberley, you are a FAITH warrior! Get it girl 🙂
So love this Kimberley!
Seems like you have a lot of love you need to find and then give including for yourself. And having a lot to give is a great thing too as long as you give it to the right people which we don’t always get right. But Love allows us that mistake. Hank in there because there are plenty more out there like you, including me with so much love to give, I nursed my Mum and dad over a ten year period when both had Cancer, including constantly closing down my own business so that I could rund my Father’s (the family business). You can imagine the effect that, that had on my business, constantly having to put people off and then re-hire and re-train.
I think we all just need to find the one-soul mate! in order to give all that love we have that is pent up.
Have a great 2017.
Bless you Richard! Thank you for your comment!
It’s love because it’s all an inside job! Thanks for your transparency, insights and inspiration! Love you !
Bingo! Thank you for stopping by and commenting my friend! Love you <3
My word is focus. For far too long I have let procrastination and fear (which leads to procrastination) rule me and sap precious time. It’s time to snatch it back and focus to figure out how I want to live my life, then focus on the steps it will take to get me there.
Hi Nicole, snatch that back my friend! Here’s to your fierce FOCUS in 2017. <3
I LOVE that you are finally understanding what LOVE is and that it begins by loving yourself. Loving yourself so much that it overflows in others. My word of the year is FORTIFY (really I have a phrase: FORTIFIED BY FAITH) for 2017. As my LOVING coach, you encouraged me to fortify myself because of the onslaught of challenges that make me want to ‘jump.’ Ever since you said that to me, I have been FORTIFYING myself with loads of FAITH and LOVING people who get me and my mission. I am SO thankful that your encouragement led me to identify that being FORTIFIED by FAITH every single darn day is what this year is all about! xxoo
Hi Esther, ooohhhhh, “overflows in others” feels sooo right and divine. Thank you for that! I so remember our conversation about fortifying and I’m delighted that is your word. Fortify that faith, baby!! Love it. xxo
I love this Christine! And I can relate so much as an ‘almost’ birthday twin 🙂 even though many of the details are different. And opening our hearts in this can be both enormously liberating, exciting, powerful, beautiful AND terrifying all at the same time. It’s like Brene Brown says about vulnerability and how we need to be willing to truly FEEL when our natural tendency is to try to protect ourselves from getting hurt one way or another…
My word for this year is Truth – capital T truth, not just go along with what’s popular today truth – but Truth, principles to guide my life even more than they have in the past.
It means standing up for what I believe in – and helping others do the same.
It’s about refusing to be someone I’m not to fit into some mold I don’t want to be stuck in.
It’s about accepting that things haven’t gone according to plan, and while I can’t change anything about the past, I can learn from it and use that to help shape my future, starting today.
Yes, almost b-day twins!! Love that you referenced the awesome Brene Brown. I love your word, Truth, and I can definitely see how we are on similar wavelengths – especially not wanting to fit into others’ molds. Thank you for sharing!
My word for 2017 is BELIEVE.
Last year was an appalling year on lots of levels and it challenged me in many ways: emotionally; physically and; (in a big way) financially. In 2017, I BELIEVE I can drag myself back to not just being in the black but being successful.
I know what I want to do, and I know I can do it. I *know* I can achieve what I want to achieve but I have always had problems with the follow through because I’ve lacked the belief in myself and my skills and talents, etc.
In some ways, BELIEVE is the sister of LOVE.
In 2017 I BELEIVE it will happen.
This is beautiful Diane. Yes, loving yourself and believing too go hand in hand. Belief is absolutely a big part of my “loving myself” plan. 🙂 Thank you for bravely sharing your truth and struggle and I am sending you much love and BELIEF in YOU. 🙂