2018: My Word For The Year

I used to pick a word to represent me each year for years. And then at the end of 2016 I just didn't have it in me. I only half committed to my 2016 word because 2015 was so wild. I embodied badassery but I didn't always feel it in my soul the way I had the year before with hustle. When I choose a word, I'm picking something that not only represents me, but also the way in which I want to live my life for the year and what I want people to remember when they encounter me.  

For the longest, I was stuck. My girlfriend's Sili and Lucrecer have been pumping up our community for weeks getting us all to think on what our own words might be while sharing how they came up with theirs. Lu is even doing custom watercolor's of your chosen word which got me more excited about choosing mine. But it was taking me a minute to come up with the one word that I wanted to carry me for an entire 365 days. As a Gemini trying to commit to just the one thing was blowing me as well. So many choices! And after hemming and hawing and trying words out and long talks with good girlfriends; I realized it's been there all along.

See I've been itching to get some new ink. Two pieces to be exact one; a quote the other a lotus flower. I found the most exquisite design on Pinterest and it's been taunting me for over a year. 

A lotus blooms tend to be associated with a rebirth and that's sort of where I feel I'm at in my life. The last few years have been trying and full of lessons on life. But when I think on this year and all that I am ready to manifest and welcome in my life I realize that in order to do so, I must flourish
In all manner of being and that's what lotus blossoms do, they flourish in the light. Though you can't always see the depth of their roots they bloom and bring forth a glorious glow to the natural. That's what I aim for in my life as well. 

After spying an identical tattoo on my design crush Neffi Walker I took it as sign. Not only am I supposed to have this tattoo and that's most likely where I'll place mine, this lotus is a symbol for me to take this year to flourish. 

image via Instagram 


verb (used without object)

to be in a vigorous state; thrive:
a period in which art flourished.
to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence,influence, etc.
to be successful; prosper.
to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.

All of those definitions embody the type of energy I plan to produce this year. Not only did I choose a word I also chose, as Sili calls them anchor words, kind of a guide to keep you on track and get you back to your word. My anchor words are simple; Root, Bloom, Glow
Oddly how they all correlate to the lotus flower as well. There's a theme happening here and all the signs are pointing towards yes. 

Root to implant or establish deeply:
the embedded or basal portion of a hair, tooth, nail, nerve, etc.
the fundamental or essential part:
the root of a matter.

Root - in order to flourish I have to root. This means being grounded in myself, my belief in my abilities and my truth. Telling my stories and getting to the root of what matters most. 

Bloom:a flourishing, healthy condition; the time or period of greatest beauty, artistry, etc.

To bloom I'll have to allow my gifts to flow through in and through out me. It will take courage to let people see the dark parts. The actual roots so to speak but it will lead me to the next level. 

image via Instagram 


a light emitted by or as if by a substance heated to luminosity; incandescence.
brightness of color.

Glow - reach for the moon, the stars and beyond the sun. I want to light up the world. Not in the I want to be a star/famous sense but I want to shine my light for the whole world to see and be the light I want to see in the world as well.

That's not too much to ask right? Stay tuned to see how it goes. 

Have you chosen a word for this year?


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