WORD for the Year!


Every year for the last 8 years I have chosen a WORD for the year. This WORD is an intention and focus for me…kind of like New Year’s goals, except without goals! (Thank you, Kathleen Verigin, for getting me started with this process.)

Here’s my process…

I spend December reviewing my year (and that year’s WORD). How did the WORD show up during the year? And it’s not just the WORD, but also the opposite of the WORD…the full spectrum of the intention that I look at. It is always a surprise to see the different ways my WORD has manifested itself.

Also in December, I start generating a list of potential WORDS for the upcoming year. I think about what the upcoming year might bring, and what intentions I might have. The WORD is a positive intention (for example, if I was concerned about Debt, I would consider WORDS like Abundance, Success, Asset). Then comes the fun part! I research the WORDS starting with the definition. I also look at the origin (etymology) of the WORD and then synonyms and antonyms.

Once I have settled on a WORD, I am ready for Kathryn King’s SoulCollage class on January 1st. I love getting a visual of the intention that SoulCollage provides. Definitions, meanings, and then images all create a more cohesive picture of what the WORD really is, and how it might appear in the upcoming year.

My previous Blog post has a list of 180 words and their synonyms to jumpstart a list of possible WORDS. And here are the two websites I regularly use for more digging!




Tending the Flame – 2002-2003

I have a thing (apparently) for writing newsletters. In the summer of 2002, I caught the bug again and began planning a new newsletter. This time, I wasn’t alone. In April of 2002 I went on a spiritual tour of Ireland, led by friend, Kathleen Verigin. On this tour was Tayna Wylder, Rhiannon Griffiths and Amber Rose Dullea. The trip to Ireland really inspired me and I called together these women, plus Jewelie Randall, to discuss writing a newsletter.

This is the result of our collaboration. I so loved this group of women, and as always, writing really helped to clarify my mind and provide an outlet for my thoughts and ideas.

You know what I am up to now, but here is what everyone else is up to!

Kathleen Verigin http://www.anamcaraconnections.com

Tayna Wylder http://starconserve.com/

Rhiannon Griffiths https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kindred-Spirit-Ceremonials/323615357665924

Amber Rose Dullea http://www.thrivingwithpain.com/

Jewelie Randall http://florapdx.com/


Tending Jan 2003

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