Why I Choose a Word For the New Year

As a new year approaches, people often set resolutions. While I’m all for introspection + believe that we have to examine the things that aren’t working if we want to see growth, I also know that creating New Year’s resolutions can be daunting + discouraging. It can feel like just one more thing on your todo list + one more thing to fail at. That’s why I like to come up with a word for the new year.

When we take some time to look at our past year + see areas that we want change, or things we want to grow in, we can find a word that encompasses our desires for the new year…a word that brings us hope + acts as a filter for all other goals. Now when I need to make decisions, am looking at how I invest my time in, what I spend money on, what books I read, or what topics I want to dig into a little deeper, I can ask, does this reflect the vision I had for the year?

Some words I’ve had in the past are intentional, joy + peace…this year my word is passion. The reason I chose this word is that quite frankly, I just feel dried up. I feel like I’m on autopilot + I do all the things I’m supposed to do without feeling any joy in doing them, a lot of times I even feel resentment. I feel like there are a lot of things that I just want to walk away from all together + that’s part of what the word encompasses for me…am I supposed to let some things go, so I can be more fully present in other things, or do I simply need to shift my mindset + go about it another way? Bottom line, I need some passion in my life…I’m tired of being dry + lifeless.

So when I make goals throughout the year, I will have the mindset of pursuing passion. Is this something I love or something just to fill space? Am I doing enough of the things that bring me joy, or am I doing more of the things that deplete me? What mindsets do I have that are keeping me from feeling passion? What things do I need to let go of? What things do I need to invest more time into? My goals are more inspired + attainable, they shift from a todo list, to a means to pursue what my heart is longing for. Instead of a goal like “loose 10 lbs” the goal would be to feel like I have enough energy to do fun things…so working out or eating healthy is part of my goal to have more passion, and if I loose weight in the process great, but the number isn’t the goal…it’s just part of a bigger focus.

I hope this inspires you to come up with your own word! I’d love to hear your word for the year, or a goal you have! Leave a comment below! We inspire each other when we share our hearts. I hope you have a wonderful new year, full of love, joy, peace + passion! xo- Kristine 

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4 responses to “Why I Choose a Word For the New Year”

  1. Kristine, I have done the word for the year for a long time. When we were in business, I would write it on the side of the checks, and one day, a lady from one of the dealerships called me to tell me how she was able to share about Jesus to someone, because of what I had written. These words do keep us focused and motivated! Your word “passion “ makes me think about the Scripture which mentions the zeal Jesus had for the cross. It was His zeal to do God’s will, no matter what. Great message!


    1. Thank you! I love that story! I need to be more diligent in writing it out! I will have to look up those verses about zeal + read it again.


  2. I love your word! My word for 2022 was ‘fail’, in that I wanted to fail more instead of only do things for the sake of winning. Didn’t really follow through though, so I guess I’ll have to go back to the drawing board. Hopefully, I’ll find something I’ll stick to for 2023!


    1. That’s a great perspective! Fear of failure can hold us back so much! Keep failing forward + finding the freedom of imperfection. Hope 2023 is a great one!


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