How & Why Choose a Word for the Year

A few years ago, I started this practice of having a word be my guide and companion for the year.  I chose my first word “breakthrough” because I needed to break through all the walls that I had built around myself, (to protect myself) I now started to feel like I was locked up in a place where I hid myself to be safe from a cruel world. I needed to break out from all the beliefs that weren’t really my own, beliefs that I acquired since childhood from others, that I took and made them my own and was guarding them with my life. I became those beliefs until my life started to change big time, and I started to question them, they no longer fit my awakened consciousness.  Those beliefs didn’t align with who I was becoming, but I couldn’t pry myself loose from them, they were at the core of who I was for over fifty years.  Up to that point I never questioned them, I just believed them and lived by them.  I needed to free myself in order to grow, to expand, to find out who – I am.

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The following year I also chose my word, after that every year words just appeared and chose me. They’re always the perfect words for that year, and they always show up around October.  These yearly words are my mantra, my guiding principle throughout the year.  The word that showed up for me this year is “Empowered” and WOW! I’m already feeling the effects of the power this word holds within it.  Things have already started to shift inside of me and I am already empowered with a new higher vibrational energy.  My mind has opened to greater visions.  People, courses and books that can support me on this new path have already shown up. I feel that I have opened a new door and am on a new higher more empowered way.

Why have a word and how to get one:

The idea for having a word to guide you is to have a central focus that you can lean on.

“Your Word of the Year sets an intention, a theme per se, for how you want your year to flow.” ~ Elizabeth Rider

Reflect on what you need most that will most support you throughout the year.  Do you need to feel peace, joy?  Do you want to feel more empowered or brave or silence, or community?  Maybe you want the word “goal” to help you in reaching your goals. Or a word that will help you open more to your creativity, or tune more into your intuition.  Do you want to expand, bloom, grow?  Do you want more self-confidence, self-love?  What values can you identify that will move you forward to where you want to be.  What word represents that?  What word has jumped out at you here while you’re reading?

There is no limit to words and there is no right or wrong here.  You can have more than one word, mostly I get my main word and then two or three more words show up later.  If you feel that the word you’ve chosen is not right for you, change it, you don’t have to keep it for an entire year.  Instead of New Year resolutions a word can be your constant reminder for what you want to manifest.  A reminder to stay on course towards creating a more positive, sweeter life.

How to recognize your word:

Once you set your intention for a word, whether you decide on a word or a word chooses you, you will know.  It will grab a hold of you, and it will not go away.  It’ll suddenly be everywhere, it’ll be in your thoughts, you’ll hear it in songs, you’ll see it on a billboard, the covers of magazines, you’ll hear it spoken; it’ll pop up in a book you’re reading.  You will know it.

What to do with your word:

Once you get your word write it down, commit to it.  Honor its presence and believe in its power.

You could draw a symbol that represents it.  Make it your screen saver.  Write it on sticky notes and place them in different places around your home, on your bathroom mirror so you see it first thing in the morning, on your fridge.  You can also create a vision board with your word, decorate it.  Write out why you chose that word.  The possibilities are endless.  You can do all of these or none, but the one thing that I strongly suggest you do is write it down and place it where you will see it every day, and say thank you to your word.

Celebrate your life, celebrate your word, celebrate your year ahead!!!

I’d love to know, do you have a word for the year?

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2019

An Invitation for 2019

My intention for 2019… a sweeter life.

This year I’m inviting  all of us to remember that we’re already cherished and loved by the one greatest universal force.

We’re invited to love ourselves without limitations and without guilt and as deeply as we can.

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We’re invited to shed the light on who we truly are – magnificent – deserving – worthy – loving – healthy – amazing – resilient… humans having a life here, just one of many.  Experiencing the spectrum of what life can bring us.  Learning to navigate through the rough waters, our fears and the sun-shiny days.

We’re invited to remember that we are more powerful than what we think.  That we can overcome, remove the walls, and reign supreme over our lives.  We are the magic wands of our life. (here)

This is my prayer for 2019, my invitation – to share what I’m inspired to create and what I know about living a sweeter life.  To cherish every moment even those that will have me fall off the wagon and into the pit, and the emotional break down ones, and that I can pull myself out and I can open my heart and be more and give more and receive more.  And that I can, and we all can, shine our light a lot brighter than what we are.

So I invite you to join me on this journey in 2019 and live the invitation of –

a sweeter life.

With gratitude and love – Happy 2019!!! Wishing all health, prosperity, happiness, love, magic and lots of blessings!!!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018

Shine a Light Onto Yourself

Shining a light onto yourself, saying uplifting encouraging words to yourself every day, seeing yourself in a positive way is an act of self-love and it will change your life.

Make 2019 your year of shining your light on you.  Give yourself credit for your accomplishments, let go of criticism and being hard on yourself for what you haven’t accomplished, or for mistakes you’ve made, and give yourself a break.  Change it all around with a daily pep talk to yourself.

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It’s very easy to give someone else a pep talk, to praise someone for a job well done, for accomplishing something, and most of us don’t even think about it twice – hey, that’s great I knew you could do it.  So proud of you.  Job well done…But, we don’t think of showering ourselves with the same words of praise. – Yeeeaaaahhhh!!! I got this…I did it…So proud of myself…We hide away and shy away from our own self.

Giving yourself a pep talk will transform how you feel.  It will elevate you and uplift you and encourage you.  If it feels strange to talk to yourself in that way, one option is to say it to yourself in the third person, in other words talk to yourself as if you would to someone else.

If you’re in a position of a leader, when you’re leading from a good place, from a place where you yourself feel what you’re trying to lead – your pep talk to staff will have that much greater an impact on them.

So, in 2019 make it a habit to give yourself a daily pep talk, because you as much as anyone, needs to hear your own “pep talk” words.

If you’re already giving yourself a daily pep talk, I’d love it if you shared it with us here in the comments bellow.

Blessings

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2018