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I kept seeing people asking what word of the year everyone has chosen all around social media and I have to admit, I just kept scrolling. I hadn’t heard a word yet that I felt was right.Have you thought about being more intentional this year? Choose a word of the year to be your guide. Click through to get 150 ideas for choosing a word of the year for yourself! #Compassmylife #wordoftheyear #intentionalliving

I was pretty convinced that I would hear a word and it would just feel right. You know, that “YES! This is it!” feeling? That’s honestly how I’ve been choosing a guiding word in past years.

Then I got to thinking, maybe intentionally setting a word is a lot better than letting one come to you. It should still feel right, no doubt, but just maybe, being intentional about it will yield far greater results than if I let it happen.

Now, let me back up for a moment for those of you just coming into this whole “word of the year” thing.

What is it? It’s pretty simple actually. Many people choose to intentionally select a word that will be their life theme in the New Year. It essentially encompasses or guides how they approach the upcoming year. It also often challenges people to strive towards personal growth as well.

For instance, someone might choose the word positivity. At that point, they would choose to be more positive, to look at things with more positivity, to change their attitude or mindset towards one of positivity. The chosen word is the essence of things they are striving for in their life for the upcoming year. It also usually inspires a push towards personal growth that will improve one’s life.

My word for last year was “growth” and let me just say, the amount of personal growth I’ve experienced this year was enough to leave me breathless. I’ve grown in ways I never thought possible, in areas I didn’t know I needed, and in situations I never imagined.

And while some of it’s been a challenge, I wouldn’t undo anything. It’s been absolutely life-changing.

This year, my word for my personal life is “change”. I know that may seem weird to a lot of people, but it’s what I am striving towards, and it’s what I’m preparing for. There’s a lot of changes I want to make and we also have a lot of changes coming up this year. I want to start preparing for it now.

My word for my blog is “connect”. It’s important to me to really connect with the people reading my blog and I plan to be a lot more intentional about that.

So what’s your word of the year? If you haven’t chosen one yet, then you’ve definitely come to the right place! Keep reading for tips to finding your word plus I’ve got a list of 150 word of the year ideas for you below!



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Choosing a Guiding Word of The Year

Before we get into the list of words I’ve put together for you, I wanted to give you three quick tips on choosing a guiding word of the year for yourself.


1) Choose one that challenges you but doesn’t drive you nuts.

What I mean is, the word entices personal growth in an area that you really want to work on, but it doesn’t make you want to pull your hair out.

You’ve got a whole year ahead of you to work on becoming better in this area. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t feel the need to choose a word in your biggest problem area that forces a massive amount of change quickly unless you’re prepared to take on that emotional rollercoaster.

Just a 1% change a day will be a 100% difference in a few months.


2) Choose a guiding word of the year that feels right.

Don’t choose the word because everyone else is or it impresses other people. Stay true to yourself and choose a word that empowers you.

Don’t be ashamed to pick one that fits your personality even if you think it’s a word that no one else will understand or like. For instance, my word “change” seems like an odd one, but it feels right for me this year.

I would even go as far to say, it’s the guiding word that I need in my life this year.


3) Choose a word of the year that gives you clarity.

Whatever word you choose, make sure it gives you clarity on what you want in the New Year. Try using the word in full sentences that describe what transformation you see taking place.

If you know what direction you’re going with your word and have clarity on what that word means to you. Everyone interprets words differently plus, you’re a lot more likely to follow through.

I would also encourage you to write down your word, what it means to you, and why it’s important and then put it in a place you’ll see often.

Alright, now on to the list.


150 Word of the Year Ideas

  1. Patience
  2. Accomplished
  3. Empowered
  4. Intentional
  5. Grace
  6. Wisdom
  7. Confidence
  8. Self-Love
  9. Loving
  10. Unapologetic
  11. Perseverance
  12. Kindness
  13. Steadfast
  14. Growth
  15. Happiness
  16. Fun
  17. Healing
  18. Change
  19. Challenging
  20. Investment
  21. Rooted
  22. Momentum
  23. Grateful
  24. Discernment
  25. Present
  26. Alignment
  27. Simplify
  28. Minimize
  29. Bold
  30. Truth
  31. Aware
  32. Results
  33. Progress
  34. Adventure
  35. Rejuvenate
  36. Consistent
  37. Focused
  38. Thriving
  39. Nothing
  40. Everything
  41. Beautiful
  42. Careless
  43. Comfortable
  44. Inspire
  45. Improve
  46. Effort
  47. Exceptional
  48. Wholeness
  49. Peace
  50. Celebrate
  51. Appreciate
  52. Healthy
  53. Powerful
  54. Mindful
  55. Explore
  56. Open
  57. Integrity
  58. Plan
  59. Action
  60. Doer
  61. See
  62. Be
  63. Imagine
  64. Balance
  65. Rest
  66. Boundaries
  67. Standards
  68. Better
  69. Stronger
  70. Friend
  71. Family
  72. Myself
  73. Hope
  74. Compassion
  75. Bloom
  76. Connect
  77. Enough
  78. Brave
  79. Control
  80. Reckless
  81. Life
  82. Order
  83. Motivation
  84. Inclusive
  85. Courage
  86. Identity
  87. Free
  88. Vision
  89. Embrace
  90. Need
  91. Believe
  92. Strength
  93. Determined
  94. Start
  95. Stop
  96. No
  97. Possible
  98. Dream
  99. Security
  100. Purpose
  101. Goals
  102. Travel
  103. Create
  104. Build
  105. Learn
  106. Bigger
  107. Smaller
  108. Fulfilled
  109. Stability
  110. Extraordinary
  111. Winning
  112. Income
  113. Now
  114. Soar
  115. Renew
  116. Win
  117. Excellent
  118. Enjoy
  119. Drive
  120. Fly
  121. Navigate
  122. Clarity
  123. Limitless
  124. Authentic
  125. Independent
  126. Launch
  127. Success
  128. Lesson
  129. Amazing
  130. Brilliant
  131. Mine
  132. Ours
  133. Moving
  134. Chase
  135. Exciting
  136. Time
  137. Automate
  138. Mapping
  139. Still
  140. Alive
  141. Slow
  142. Express
  143. Fast
  144. Impact
  145. Increase
  146. Expand
  147. Turn
  148. Overcomer
  149. Fearless
  150. Confident

It’s quite the list but I wanted to end strong with number 150. It’s a word that speaks to me on so many levels. Fear is something I dealt with for a long time and truthfully still do sometimes, but I think a lot of people deal with and it holds them back from experiencing everything they could in life. If you relate at all, be sure to grab the free confidence building quotes I put together for your phone wallpaper below!

I hope this list helped you in choosing a guiding word of the year that’s right for you! But don’t worry if you still haven’t found it! It’s perfectly fine to take your time in choosing or maybe you’ll realize that choosing a word of the year just isn’t for you. Either way, thanks for reading!

Did you choose a word from the list or have one that isn’t on the list? Tell me what it is in the comment box below!


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