I've never been one to make New Year's Resolutions. Instead, I choose a word of the year to set the tone and be my "behind the scenes" guide. When I chose these words, I'd have an idea of what I would want that year to look like. Still, the end result is usually something completely different than I expected. It's what I needed!
When deciding what my word will be, I make sure to meditate/pray for the right word to appear, sometimes in a dream, a vision, or just a knowing. My word in 2021 showed up to me like a firework in my minds eye and I resisted it because it is such a "basic" word, but I trusted it and it brought so much for me.
The way I fully accept the word, I paint it on a small canvas. It becomes a beautiful reminder of what is, was, and is to be. I thoroughly enjoy this tradition because it allows me to look back on the years and to look forward to what is in store.
Let's quickly reflect on the past 7 years before I share my word for 2024...
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫: To empower others through my energy healing and spiritual life coaching business.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝: Self-empowerment from unexpected changes through heartbreak, betrayals, confusion, dark night of the soul, self-doubt, yoga teacher training, and more!
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫: Trust in the "Universe" and my "guides" as I was at the height of my dark night of the soul and mid-way through my yoga teacher training.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝: Trust in myself! I felt more free by the end of 2019 because I trusted the process and allowed "Trust" to be my light in the darkness.
２０２０： ＰＲＯＳＰＥＲ ＆
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫: I knew I wanted two words to represent both the year and decade ahead. I didn't come into 2020 with expectations on these words. I wanted to allow the words to work through me. I wrote in a previous post: "May it be prosperous and full of enlightening experiences and information."
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝: Change of beliefs that opened/enlightened my mind with truths and prospering through trusting my gut.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫: I wrote on an old post that I was allowing "Love" to manifest as it was meant to, but I secretly hoped for romantic love and to meet my husband this year. hahaha
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝: Love in ways through friendship and deepening my relationship with myself. I met some incredible people who have consistently stayed or re-entered my life in 2023. I also started dedicating time and energy to love my body and face more. This year triggered the start of an all-encompassing loving relationship with myself.
２０２２： ＦＲＥＥＤＯＭ ＆ ＰＥＡＣＥ
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫: Two words came for me and a visual of what I wanted the painting to look like. I wasn't sure what I wanted to specifically receive from these words. I just loved the idea of feeling free and peaceful. I loved that those two words appeared to me together as they were supposed to work alongside one another for me this year.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝: I experienced one of the worst years of my life in 2022. Those challenges led me to opportunities to break free of people, places, things, and beliefs that did not bring me peace. It led me into 2023, where I was finally able to feel and become free and completely at peace. I didn't feel that way in 2022, but that year helped me to break those chains to get to that point.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫: To finally have work, money, relationship success, and feel more stability in those ways.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝: GOD!!! I worked through some final feelings of insecurities in myself that started in 2021 and broke through massive belief barriers, forgave years of resentment, and finally found freedom and peace. (2022 bled a little into 2023)
The biggest thing was leaving New Age life and coming back home to God. This shift of faith has helped me to thrive beyond measure through God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫: Allow goes deeper than the word Surrender. I can't surrender if I don't allow, so I must allow a lot this year. I know God has a mighty plan for me, so I will trust His process. This word is a reminder to allow things to evolve, not force anything, let go of control, and let God be the driver. I have no specific intentions other than just allowing this word to guide me in 2024 in the way it is meant to. The images of sunflowers and bees have been so strong for me that I know they will be my symbols for the year. I didn't want to try to paint a bee, but. I attempted a sunflower, and I love this canvas the most! 2024 is going to be the best year yet!
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝: I'm already having revelations just a month in! Instead of just allowing God to be completely in control of my life, I must also allow myself to receive the blessings He wants to bring forth. I didn't realize how much I resisted that until after I went to Healing School at River Church i the 1st two weeks of 2024. WOW! If this is how the year is already starting off, I really am ready to allow myself to be blessed with the best year of my life!!
I'm truly in awe of how I received something more than I expected. I'm so grateful for taking on this "tradition" because it is a fun way to enjoy life and capture memories.