This will be my 13th year choosing a word of the year. I can’t believe it’s been that long. It’s been an amazing journey and I love that I can look back at every single word and know where I was at that time in my life. Some of those times are sad but I made my way through them. Some words didn’t work out the way I thought they would. My word-of-the-year for 2024 was really hard to decide on. I tossed around words before I could decide on one. But first, I want to talk about my word for last year.
My Word-of-the-Year for 2023 was Release.
Right now it kinda feels like it was a failure, although I know when I get some perspective, I’ll look back and think “Ohhhhhh, that’s how it manifested.” The purpose of choosing release was all about letting go of stress.
Now that I think about it, I chose that word because 2022 was SO stressful in a lot of external ways and I think I thought that choosing release would somehow ward this off. But, I don’t think I did the work this year to change how I deal with stress and I think that’s the key that I was missing.
I was *still* stressed out this year and it was a lot of internal stress.
To be honest, I made my life way harder than it needed it to be. Most of it had to do with work. Publishing the book was more stressful than I thought it would be and my online business as a whole has slowed down. In 2022, I had some amazing growth and completely outdid my income by any other year. This year didn’t quite measure up and I put a lot of pressure on myself to not only match 2022, but exceed it.
Anxiety said that if I don’t have growth every single year then I’m failing. Of course, I was like ‘I can control this if I just work 15 hours a day and never take breaks and churn out content continuously’.
Which leads me to My Word-of-the-Year for 2024
I thought a lot about it and the words that came to mind were serenity, tranquility, calm, and while I love those words they weren’t quite what I wanted. And then I found one that fit perfectly. Ease.
1 : to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens
2: freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind:
3: to lessen the pressure or tension of
4: to maneuver gently or carefully
5: to moderate or reduce especially in amount or intensity
4: to make less difficult
That’s what I need in my life. Ease.
Here’s what “Ease” means to me.
Feeling comfortable in my life. I want to ease into the beauty of it, the comfort, and the security without this cloud over me that I can’t be comfortable because something bad might happen. (Thanks, anxiety)
Focusing on the calm within myself. It’s there – I just need to nurture it.
Letting my creativity guide me. Creativity instead of stress or pressure to be amazing and achieve everything all by myself.
Intentionally letting things be easy. As in – I’m going to stop making things harder on myself because they don’t need to me. I have the best life. I have a life that I never could have imagined would be so lovely but I don’t take the time to enjoy it the way I’d like to.
Creating more space in my life to rest and relax and adding that into my daily routine and not just when I’ve ‘earned’ it or ran out of things to do.
So that’s what my Word-of-the-Year for 2024 and where I’ll be putting my focus and energy. I’ve actually got concrete plans for how to put that into practice. Which is scary but also awesome. I’m excited for what is to come.