You guys!! I’ve FINALLY chosen my word of the year for 2018.
But first, let’s backtrack a minute. For the past 9 years, I’ve been choosing a word that serves as a guidepost for what I want to manifest in the coming year. So far I’ve had: do, plan, build, inspire, finish, focus, ease, and most recently, adventure (which has been such a fitting word since we moved across the country this year!)Every year, I try to find ways to incorporate my word into my everyday life. For 2012, when I chose build, I was in the process of leaving my corporate job and building my photography business. I was building a website, building clients, building skills and building my confidence to take a big leap. For 2014, with finish, I was finishing items on my long-term to-do list, finishing projects that I’d started and left behind, working on my finishing skills in Photoshop to make my artwork more polished and learning about printing as a finishing step in my photography work. Needless to say, having a word to focus on each year has helped me immensely.
This year, in preparation for choosing my word, I made this gigantic list of all the words that popped up in my head, but nothing seemed to fit. So, I opened up the trusty thesaurus and started finding the synonyms for the words I was writing down. After reading through so many entries, I still hadn’t chosen anything. I was beginning to feel disheartened. In the past, my words have come up for me so organically – I never really had to search. But this year, after all my forcing and willing the word to come up, a quiet voice in the back of my mind started to whisper. “You don’t have to try so hard,” it said. Over the next few moments it got louder and louder and then it hit me. My word for 2018 is Amplify. To me, this means that I need to stop trying to force everything and let the voice of my intuition be heard. I need to take my photography out of my comfort zone and let it be seen. I need to do more of what I love and stop holding back. I need to be my whole, complete and perfect self without feeling the need to tone it down.I doodled my word into my new planner already and started working on some personal inquiry questions to help guide my year.My generous and amazing friends at Meraki Printing gave me an extra planner to give as a gift to one of YOU lucky readers. To be entered into the giveaway you must leave a comment by December 23rd at midnight MST telling me your word of the year and how it will help guide you for 2018. (US residents only, please.) I’m so excited to read about what incredible things you’re up to in the New Year! I’ll choose a comment at random on December 24th and notify the winner to set up shipping. One last housekeeping note – the Viewfinders will be taking a break for the holidays. Posts will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd. Until then, here’s hoping the remainder of your year is fabulous and that your 2018 rings in with a BANG!
Amping it up – Angie
UPDATE! Congrats to Suzanne! I will be in touch to get shipping details for your awesome planner. MERRY CHRISTMAS!