This meme showed up on my friend’s Facebook Page and I enjoy trying to find the words in these types of posts. I studied the image and immediately saw LOVE, GRATITUDE, CONNECTION and HEALTH. I also shared this in my Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Group and it was interesting to see some of the answers from members. There was quite a variety.
Why not try this for yourself and share the four words you see?
In a previous post, ‘Reflecting on 2020 and yes, there were some positives!‘ I spoke about how a question from my Women’s Circle prompted me to reflect on my Word of the Year. You can read about it HERE and I would encourage you to do the same exercise of reflection – it certainly made me feel that 2020 was not a wasted year despite COVID-19
During the Women’s Circle discussion, I started to think if I would bother with a word for 2021. I had WOTY FOR 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 but wasn’t sure if I would have one in 2021.
- 2016 I wanted to find more BALANCE in my life.
- 2017 I wanted to SIMPLIFY.
- 2018 I wanted to THRIVE and in
- 2019 I chose two words – COMMIT AND EVOLVE.
The more we discussed the topic of WOTY2020, one word kept coming to my mind which I felt would be perfect for my 2021 focus.
I was chatting to my dear friend, Deb from Deb’s World and she had actually researched the meaning of WOTY which then prompted me to do some research myself. Although many may not select a word, I felt the meaning is very relevant to living a life well lived and is a good way to stay on track
The Goal Chaser website describes WOTY as
A single word that encapsulates what you need more of, what you want to focus on, or what you need to improve on. A theme or overarching focus for your year ahead – either way, it’s an exciting way to set your intention for the year ahead.The Goal Chaser
What word have I chosen for 2021 and why?
I had chosen my word a couple of weeks ago and then when I found the four words from the Meme – LOVE, GRATITUDE, CONNECTION and HEALTH, I knew they all slotted perfectly together and in fact, have brought stirrings of creative thinking for the direction of the blog in 2021.
This is a positive step for me, because I’ve stepped back recently after the loss of my MIL and wasn’t sure if I would keep the blog going or not.
If you are reading this, then you know I’ve decided to keep the blog alive but with one rule – I must enjoy producing the blog and not feel it is a chore or keep it going because I feel guilty about leaving my readers.
So to my WOTY for 2021 – drumroll please…….
My WOTY is ‘SELF’.
Now you might think that is ‘selfish’ but it is far from that.
I’ve come to a stage in my life where I need to live what I ‘say’ and ‘write’. In other words, I need to take my own advice.
I need to embrace my SELF and live my life with the focus of keeping what SERVES me WELL and LETTING GO of what is holding me back and making me feel trapped in life.
The definition of Self in Self – definition of self by The Free Dictionary suggests:
1.The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual
2. The essential qualities distinguishing one person from another; individuality;
3. One’s consciousness of one’s own being or identity; the ego;
4. One’s own interests, welfare, or advantage;
5. Immunology That which the immune system identifies as belonging to
Each month I will be writing a Self Review & Reset post about my focus on ‘SELF’, how I am incorporating that into my life and especially around the four words of LOVE, GRATITUDE, CONNECTION and HEALTH. This will help me stay on track when the challenges come and we all know that they do.
In my previous post Let’s Review & Reset in 2021, I discussed the Simple Steps to an Incredible Year mini course I’m taking offered by Mel Robbins. I’m using this to help me reset my life after 2020 which was not only about COVID but also the unexpected loss of my dear Mother-In-Law in late October. I’ve set up a Review & Reset 2021 challenge in the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Group to share my learnings from the course and also to encourage others to take some time to complete their own Review and Reset.
I hope you will join me on my discovery of ‘SELF’ in 2021. Will you have a word in 2021? If you do, I’d love you to share it with me. Leanne from Cresting the Hill and I have set up a link party for you to share your WOTY. Just click on the link below.