My Word of the Year for 2019

January 8, 2019Susan

Last year I toyed with the idea of a “Word of the Year”.

Using a Word of the Year gives your something you can lean into and focus on. It is a much gentler way of self-improvement than the dreaded new year resolutions.

I hadn’t done it before (although I’d seen it around the web a lot) and couldn’t decide between Reading and Writing. So I chose both

Photo shot at Dunham Massey

Looking back on 2018 I did Read and Write, much more than previous years. I wrote a book and I read more books last year than I have for a long time. For me focusing on a Word(s) really worked.

This time I wanted my Word of the Year to be a little more generalised, something that I could apply to all areas of my life. From my finances to my website, from travel to my novel, along with health, family, friends and home.

THRIVE is my word of the year for 2019. The dictionary definition is;

1. to grow strongly and vigorously
2. to do well; prosper

Sounds good, right?

In the Rose Garden at Dunham Massey

So how will this Word of the Year look, as I apply it in my life? How am I going to ensure I thrive this year?

These are some of the ways I want to THRIVE, this list isn’t exhaustive.

  • It’s about pushing myself forward for things before I feel “ready”.
  • It’s also about saying “no” to other things I might previously have jumped at, events, people, work, for example, that no longer serve me and my aims.
  • It’s about stepping away from being everywhere online and connecting with my community in other ways, namely through my Creative Notes newsletters and here on my blog.
  • It’s about using my time purposefully and not spreading myself thinly.
  • It’s about looking at alternate income ideas. Something that feels more wholehearted and holistic. When I have brought sponsored content to the blog it is always authentic. It’s just a dwindling income stream for me as brands gravitate to the “sure thing influencers”.
  • It’s about making sure I get enough movement and daylight. I had a hip/groin issue for most of last year, which I think I’m now finally on top of.
  • It’s about learning about how to make the most of my garden and where I live. I want to grow beautiful things.
  • It’s about growing and experiencing new adventures with my family.
  • It’s about pushing my novel and hopefully getting an agent and then a book deal.
  • It’s about cherishing my friendships and how much they help me.
The Glasshouse at Quarry Bank

Do you have a Word of The Year? Or perhaps you fancy giving it a go. Jot down a few feelings, see what comes up. How do you want to feel this year? How can you help yourself get there?

To give you an idea, on my shortlist I had the following;

  1. Confidence
  2. Grit
  3. Abundance
  4. Evolve

I’d love to learn your thoughts on this?




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Comments (21)

  • MissPond

    January 9, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I’ve never seen this idea before. I’m not sure what I’d pick for 2019. I think 2018’s word would be survive! House buying, moving and job changes were stressful.

    1. Susie

      January 10, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Ah I hope 2019 is calmer for you x

  • Kirsty

    January 9, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Yes to using my time more productively too!!!! I feel like I waste hours every single day and then end up working super late as a result

    1. Susie

      January 10, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      Yes, it’s hard when you work from home I think xx

  • Natasha

    January 9, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Happy New Year, Sue! Thrive is such a brilliant and powerful word to guide you through the year, I hope you have an amazing 2019! x

    1. Susie

      January 10, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Ah thanks so much, Natasha. Hope it’s a good’un for you too

  • Bec – views from my garden bench

    January 9, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I think this is a clever concept – Thrive is a good word 🙂 and I think you’ve got really good aspirations for 2019. Shout if you want to have a chat about gardening – that’s a lovely photo of the rose at Dunham Massey. looking forward to seeing how your 2019 pans out. love Bec xx

    1. Susie

      January 10, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      Aw thanks so much Bec! Have you been to Dunham? I’m sure you have 😉

      1. Bec – views from my garden bench

        January 10, 2019 at 8:43 pm

        Many times 😉 was at the Christmas light trail- it was awesome 🙂 I’ve got some info to send – is blog Email best?

  • Tamsyn

    January 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I love the word thrive, it’s so perfect for you! This is an exciting year for you, can’t wait to see where it takes you! Oh and my word is Artist, which is rather exciting!

    1. Susie

      January 10, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      OMG Tamsyn that is PERFECT for you!! How bloody exciting! And thank you for your support, as always xxx

  • Juan Sandiego

    January 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Love this concept and the final choice of word. I may go for “balance” in 2019. Let’s see what happens!

    1. Susie

      January 10, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks So much Juan. Balance is a great one, I think we all need more of that!

  • Rebecca

    January 9, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    That’s such a good word. I just started the practice a couple of years ago but last year in particular, I found the word became a real aid. I’m still mulling on my new word (I’m always a bit slow to start the year) but I think Bloom might be right.

    1. Susie

      January 10, 2019 at 11:23 am

      Oh bloom is a good one! It holds lovely imagery too. Good luck!

  • Mel

    January 11, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Love this! I think my word might be collaborate – not necessarily on a financial level but more to do with teamwork & sharing 🙂

    1. Susie

      January 14, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Teamwork makes the dream work! *high fives*

  • Ursula in Cádiz

    January 13, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Happy New Year, Susan! I have read so many ‘methods’ of finding your word, but never really carried through in trying to find mine in past years. However, this year’s came unbidden, ‘Action!’ Last year held far too many wasted hours procrastinating…

    1. Susie

      January 14, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Oh that’s a good one!! Good luck with taking ACTION in 2019

  • Hannah Cox

    January 16, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Love this Susan, and really enjoying getting your newsletter in amongst all my work emails – cheers me up so much. Thrive is a lovely word. Mine this year is community.. also love the thoughts behind how you want to work with brands – I work with alot of influencers and your approach is refreshing and honest. Thankyou x

    1. Susie

      January 16, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      AH that means a lot thanks Hannah! Hope to see you soon xx

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