2012 – Word of the Year


In 2011 I started to find a word that I could  use to incorporate into my life.   Last year I was a bit late in choosing it but I found the word of Encompassing. while I was posting daily going through the alphabet.  I will be return to summarizing my year in but let me first tell you my word for 2012.

My Word of the Year for 2012 is Intentions.    This word was sparked  by reading the book Mastering Life’s Energies – Simple Steps to a Luminous Life at Work and Play by Maria Nemeth, PhD.    The line that inspired me was from page 39.                       

“I use the word intention in a specific way: intentions are the purposes or aims that lie in our hearts and give us a sense of meaning.”

The book goes on to say how instead of resolutions you should set intentions of how you want to live your life and then set goals to reach the intentions.  An example they use in the book is 

Life’s Intention: To be a creator of beauty.  Goal:  I plant a rose garden.

In some  ways i am still I am trying to figure out who I want to be (or should I say pinpoint who I want to be) and setting intentions is better than resolutions. Intentions don't have the guilt trip if you stumble and are more of a way of life. I am still working on what those intentions are and have not even started the goals but I will be taking the month of January to really think about it.



I have thought of a few ideas so I will put them down here so I remember them.

Intention – Be Queen of my own Home!                                    

Intention – Make beautiful Quilts!

Now for a review of my last years Word of the Year.  My word was Encompassing.  I found my word when I was looking at my personal mission statement.  To quote:

I want to be a women who passionately lives life to it’s fullest while encompassing love, laughter, creativity and inspiration in whichever way life leads me.

I think i did encompass all of the things i listed and more.   I had an awesome year.  The biggest part is I have been happy.  I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I can look back on the past year and say I was happy through the majority of the year.   I like where I am right now.  I feel creative, I feel appreciated both and work and with my friends. I feel like I have found a path a can journey along again.  For a couple of years I felt lost with no direction in many aspects in my life.   I haven’t had any major curveballs thrown at me this year and for that I am grateful.  I have lost weight.  Almost 45 lbs ( just don’t ask me about Christmas week  :-) )    I have signed up for another BOM and have gotten all of my Quilt UFO’s in order.    Encompass has been a good word for me.


What do you think your word will be?


Brenda said…
Well, I am glad you found me!! I have just read your blog, the intentions one anyway, and I like what you have said.
Happy New Year and I love your word!!