My Word of the Year

January 3, 2019

Word of the Year 2019

I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions. The whole new year, new me thing feels like setting yourself up for failure. Especially as the focus is often rather negative. However a few years ago I started setting myself a word of the year. This isn’t about setting yourself a long list of things you want to achieve (or change) but rather is about setting an intention for the year ahead. Your word of the year should reflect your intentions for the year ahead and help you as you make decisions and plans throughout the year.

I purposefully didn’t spend too much time thinking about what my word might be this year. In the past, I’ve brainstormed huge lists of possible words and used that list to narrow it down. This is a great way to get you started thinking about your word if you need some extra help. But this year I wanted to let my word come to me naturally. And luckily it did. It just popped into my head on New Year’s Day. The more I thought about it the more sense it made.


My word of the year 2019 is breathe. Whilst breathe might not seem like an obvious choice for a word of the year I do think it encapsulates what I want from the year ahead. I want 2019 to feel lighter, happier, spacious, grounded, calmer and more peaceful. Giving yourself time and space to breathe links into all of these feelings. There are a few ways my word will be guiding me this year. It has already help me set some intentions for the year ahead.

Creating Space and Time to Breathe

I will continue on my path to a more minimal and simple life. By decluttering my home and simplify my life and diary I will allow myself space to breathe. I’ve never been a fan of busyness and once again this year I intend to slow down and giving myself some breathing space.

Breathe New Life into Me

This year I want to try new things, be more creative and enjoy life a little bit more. I want to share ideas and take part in conversations. I want to get stuck into projects and run with my ideas more this year.

Breathe in Nature

I love spending time outdoors and intend to get outside more this year. I’m incredibly fortunate that having a dog means I get outside every day for some fresh air. I want to make the most out of my daily nature time by using it as a chance to slow down and think. I want to live more seasonally this year and spending time outdoors throughout the seasons will play a big part in that.

Breathe New Life into This Blog

This site has been neglected and fallen to the bottom of my priorities. But I want to spend time working on it again. I missed planning and creating content. I missed sharing my ideas and creating conversations with you. Breathing new life into this site will go hand in hand with being creative again. I want to focus on the aspects of blogging I enjoy and rebuild this blog into something I can be proud of again.


Do you have a word of the year for 2019? What are your intentions for the year ahead?


4 responses to “My Word of the Year”

  1. Krystal says:

    I haven’t specifically set a word for the year (but I love yours!), but I’d say my theme this year is presence and intention.

    I look forward to seeing you grow in this space!

  2. Sarah says:

    I love this idea! Now I just need to decide what my word is going to be! Thanks for the inspiration xx.

  3. Caroline says:

    Jen, this is a fab idea. One I’ve seen a few other bloggers take on over the last couple of years. I just read a post where the blogger’s word was patience.
    This and breathe are definitely choices I could do with making myself. As you say, to take on more awareness and be calmer. It’s amazing the difference it can make to not just yourself, or situations, but also people around you.
    I look forward to seeing your 2019.


  4. Sarah says:

    I love setting a word for the year! I’ve done it 3 years running now and it really makes such a difference, I actually think it’s had a better, more positive impact on my life than setting traditional resolutions in the new year! This year, my word is going to be ‘believe’ and I can’t wait to see what journey it takes me on!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

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