So we’re in the third week of January now. We’ve experienced Blue Monday, and it’s probably no longer appropriate to say ‘Happy New Year’ to people you haven’t seen since the start of the year. In fact the euphoria of a New Year and the all the promise that it brings is probably fast waning and it’s officially back to normal for the next 340 or so days.
This is partly why I gave up on New Year Resolutions many moons ago and the disappointment that usually accompanies it around this time in January. However what I have been doing for the past ten years is choosing a word for the year. Kind of like a mantra, a little like an intention, it’s a word that I choose to guide me through the year ahead and it’s proven to be pretty powerful.
I started in 2008 beginning with ‘Foundations’, when I decided I wanted to start my own photography business and my words for the subsequent years were generally focussed around my business intentions with ‘Build’ in 2009, ‘Action’ in 2010, followed by a big leap to ‘Flourish’ in 2011 (which was a great year for the business!) and continue telling ‘Stories’ 2012.
In 2013 I wanted to bring my intentions back to myself and chose ‘Nourishment’ as my word that year, followed by ‘Home’ in 2014 (where we ended up buying our home at the end of that year). There was a quest for ‘Balance’ in 2015 and ‘Joy’ in 2016. For 2017 my word was ‘Light’, as I started forging a new career path, and for 2018 with a move to another country on the horizon and a lot to accomplish in the time in-between, my word is ‘Do’.
Since 2011 I’ve been participating in Ali Edwards One Little Word Workshop, which I love as a means to keeping my word visible over the year and can highly recommend. However this year I’ve also chosen to anchor my word to a scent by choosing an essential oil to carry my intention so that I am reminded of it whenever I smell the aroma. For me, this is the wonderful Rosemary.
Rosemary stimulates and strengthens the mind, encouraging clarity and energises and uplifts the spirit.
With a lot of studying ahead of me this year and a move to the other side of the world, I need all the strength, clarity and energy I can muster together! Rosemary essential oil is not only known to boost brain power but is also recognised for warding off lethargy, instilling positive feelings and increasing productivity; all of which I can do with in the coming year too.
So I’ll be diffusing rosemary a lot over the next 12 months, particularly whilst I’m studying, and I will also be making a roller ball blend and inhaler so that I can have the oil to hand whenever I need added motivation or a reminder of my intentions this year.
Do you have a word for your year ahead? If you do, I would love to know what it is and hear how you plan to keep it active and visible in your life too.