2020 Word of the Year: JOY

I am not a fan of resolutions. I like them about as much as deadlines. They are such a vague notion to think about unless you take the time to put specific, attainable goals in place. Otherwise, it’s a thought that gets broken by the end of the first week of the New Year.

I am a big fan of a word of the year. It’s simple. Pick a word and figure out how you are going to live up to that word throughout the year. Ummmm… this sounds like a resolution with a deadline, but stick with me here. This is a lot easier.

How do you go about picking that word? I  admit I have stressed about this as often as I have had it just pop into my head, but that’s not the point of this. It should come naturally.  Sometimes that word comes to me in October of the year before, sometimes it’s the February of the year I’m supposed to be living that word. Start focusing on it when it comes to you. 

This year, it came to me easily, as soon as someone asked me if I had my word of the year yet.

That word is: JOY.

What made me choose that word? This world. We live in a world where people wake up angry and don’t even know why. Have you seen the meme “Good morning Facebook, what are we outraged by today?” It’s like people go looking for reasons to be angry. It makes me feel exhausted.

A little over a year ago, I started a project on my personal Facebook page, called #happyposts and every day I posted a meme or photo of something that made me happy.  I’m still adding to it. This made me happy because whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I have a nice little collection of happy thoughts right in one place that I can access whenever I’d like. 

This year, I decided to level up and and include my word of the year into my project. Here is how I’m using this word.

  • Every day, spend a few minutes concentrating on things that bring me joy. If you know me at all, you know this isn’t hard. Coffee brings me joy. My hubby, family, friends and my two nutty huskies all bring me joy. 
  • I created a playlist that makes me super happy. It is also great for cleaning motivation.
  • I look for quotes that make me feel joyful.
  • I make a point to connect with people who make me happy. 
  • I look for something to be joyful for each day. 

I know, it seems overwhelming, but it really isn’t that hard. I have a little reminder set on my phone to go off in case I had a rough day and am not feeling particularly joyful. We all have those days and need a reminder to look for your personal joy and this makes it way better for me. 

Have you chosen a word of the year for 2020? 

Drop me a message and let me know. 🙂



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