How To Choose Your Word Of The Year For 2020

How to choose your word for the year

Ah, that fresh slate feeling of a brand new year. There’s nothing really like it is there? The bubbling of excitement and possibility. Of hope that the next twelve months might be the year you finally get your shit together. Except, if I’m being honest, I felt like 2019 never really got started, so to be here talking about a new decade makes me feel like I accidentally fell asleep this time last year and have only just woken up.

If I was to sum up 2019 in one word, it would be limbo. It certainly wasn’t a bad year. But nothing really momentous happened – no marriage, no babies, no house, and all though I went through a huge shift in my business and built an amazing community, overall, it was a non-descript kind of twelve months.

And at 35, that makes me sad.

I want a year filled with moments. Of reaching New Years Eve and thinking, what a bloody year that was. Funnily enough, 2019 was the only year in the last decade that I didn’t sit and choose a word to steer the direction of the 12 months that lay ahead of me.

The word for 2018, for example, was Balance, where I wanted more balance in every area of my life, but mostly my work schedule. The year before that it was Roots, because I’d spent so much of 2016 feeling lost and wondering what the next step was. 2013 was the year of Adventure, and the same year I packed up my life and moved to London. But for some reason at the start of last year, I chose nothing.

You might be wondering how exactly do you choose a word for the year and why? Simply put, your chosen word is designed to be at the core of every decision you make. It helps steer your direction over the coming months, and ideally it’s something you want to feel more of your life overall.

Which is why for 2020, I chose Elevate.

Because in truth, I want all areas of my life to uplevel. To reach a higher point than they’re at now.

I want to elevate the moments I have with my loved ones. Although grabbing a quick coffee is sometimes the only way we can meet, I want to elevate my friend dates to something a little more special – once a month at least. Which is why I’m hosting a retro board game night with pizzas at mine in January. And it’s why I’m working with the universe to book a trip to New York with all my family.

I want to elevate my wardrobe to include those pieces that make me feel happy, instead of hiding them away for “some day special”. Today is special. Waking up is celebration enough. I want to shop at those shops I browse around and softly touch the clothes, before walking out. Anthropologie I’m looking at you, because one dress there makes me feel more “me” than the ten dresses I’d pick up in a fast fashion high street shop.

I want to elevate my health. 2019 was a year of helping lots of other people, from coaching, to my Facebook community, to outreach work. I put helping everyone else before helping myself. And it shows.

Self-care isn’t always about using a bath bomb, but it is about taking time to look after your mind, body and soul. And my well-being practices such as reiki, yoga, meditation, journaling and visualisation will take a much higher spot on my importance list.

I want to elevate my business in so many different ways. Yes, I mean financially, with a goal of increasing my income but the word ‘Elevate’ doesn’t always mean in a money sense.

I also mean in the way I run the business. I want it to become a smooth, well-oiled machine with processes in place, hugely organised, and some real solid goals to work towards in terms of analytical growth, including reaching 50,000 page views a month, and reaching 1000 members in The Manifestation Collective.

And finally, I want to elevate my skillset in 2020. Hence why I went a little heavy on the purchase button with courses over Christmas. I’m currently learning to become a Reiki Master, and if that wasn’t enough I’m adding NLP Practitioner to my bow, Crystal Healer, and learning how to implement EFT in with my coaching. I absolutely love learning – I was always the one a little early to lectures – so I’m excited to restart my brain again after a year of plodding along. If you need me, I’ll be over here trying to elevate myself out of the huge pile of coursework.

Can you see now why I chose the word I did? After spending days wondering how to sum up how I feel about going into 2020, it came to me suddenly in the shower like most great ideas do. And I love the word ‘Elevate’. It sums up perfectly how I feel about the year ahead and the changes I’m going to make. I’m excited. I’m hopeful. And most of all, I’m ready. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like 2019 was so nondescript so 2020 could have maximum impact.

If you were to choose a word of the year for 2020, what would it be?

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  1. 1.3.20
    Sian said:

    This post was really insightful and concreted the ideas I have for my word of the year. In 2020 I would like to focus on the word courage; to try new things, to go after what I want, and to find and be myself, amongst other things. I hope you find elevation in 2020 and book that family trip! 🙂

  2. 1.5.20
    Zoe said:

    Love Elevate for you!
    2019 was a hard year for me in lots of ways and I actually ended the year single (after a 6 year relationship). For 2020 my word is Gentle Action (i know two words). I Want to prioritise my emotional, physical and spiritual well-being, I want to make time for hobbies for pleasure and I know in the past I can get stuck in no action.I chose Gentle so that I’m not putting myself under too much pressure to do everything. If that all makes sense!

    Zoe x

  3. 1.9.20
    Lucy said:

    I really want to adopt this New Year tradition of yours where I pick a word to represent the new upcoming year! Elevate is such a positive and motivational word! x

    Lucy |

  4. 2.1.20

    Last year was a bit of an odd year for a lot of people I’ve noticed. I know that my 2019 was rather abysmal compared to previous years. There was a lot of… I guess frustration throughout the year for me. My hope for 2020 is to move past that and make it a much better year. Also, I absolutely love the thought process that went behind choosing your word for the year. Elevate is an amazing choice! My word this year is adventure.