2023 Word of the Year Review
Wow! Hello friends! I can’t believe another year is almost gone and Christmas is less than a week away.
I thought I would take time to review my 2023 Word of the Year – Value. You can read why I chose that word in my January post.
Now I know that I only had a handful of #wordsonwednesday posts that were about my word and I didn’t do any updates here on the blog, BUT I think about my word often during the year.
This is the 10th year I have chosen a word & after a while it becomes second nature to think about your word throughout the year even if you are not actively involved in Ali Edward’s One Little Word project.
Several things come to mind when I think of what I value most:
Calm, peace & quiet – I need some quiet time by myself every day to let go of the stress of work & responsibilities.
Job values – I prefer to feel like I am helping people in some way, rather than just earning a paycheck.
A clean & uncluttered home – This has not been the year for this. We are currently remodeling our master bathroom and Clean & Uncluttered are not words I would use at the moment.
Time for fun – Because one of our dogs has a seizure disorder, he cannot be boarded or left at a doggie daycare type facility. This makes it difficult for my husband & I to just go out for the evening or take a weekend trip. We do have a person who stays with him here at the house sometimes, but we need to make it more of a priority.
Family – Unfortunately, our extended family does not get together as often as we should. I’m sure this is the same for many of you; everyone is busy and it takes a lot of planning to make this happen.
Most of these are what I wrote back in January but I added a couple of new ones, too.
When you choose a word (or sometimes it chooses you) and you think about it and live with it for a year, it helps to clarify what is important to you. Sometimes those are the same at the beginning and the end and sometimes they are very different. Or somewhere in between.
Here are some of the quotes I posted to Instagram & Facebook about my 2023 Word of the Year.
My favorite is that Values give us direction, meaning and purpose. I think I have learned a few things about myself this year with Value being my 2023 Word of the Year and I hope it continues to give me direction going forward.
Do you choose a Word of the Year? If so, please share in the comments how you think about your word and if it helps guide you to be more mindful of your every day.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! I will be back in a couple of weeks with my new Word of the Year for 2024 and updates on what has been keeping me so busy.
Talk to you soon,