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Be-YOU-tiful

Beautiful…what does this word mean to you? In our society, beauty is seen thru external perfected imagery.  From airbrushed models in magazines, to perfectly casted commercials and flawlessly edited social media posts.  It’s no wonder how beauty has become defined by outward appearance.  My question is this, “How do we take off our tainted lenses of preconceived external acceptance and see the true beauty illuminating within each of us?” Continue Reading…

Word of the Year

Word of the Year

“When you find it, live it and share it…Your life will become more exciting and purposeful than ever.” – from the book One Word

Happy 2016!!! I’ll bet there are lots of New Year resolutions and goals set out there that are awesome; but how do you feel after you have either hit or missed that resolution?  Well I have hit some and missed a lot!  I am a big dreamer and have so many passions and aspirations for the New Year but with a busy and unpredictable day-to-day life, some resolutions don’t come to fruition.  I can feel defeated because I don’t achieve what my goals and dreams look or “what I think” should feel like.  So in comes a life test on balance, patience and an important tool, to “believe” in yourself.  Just a few things I have learned along the way and into each New Year.

 
Enter, “Word of the Year”!  I learned one of the most amazing tools back in 2012 while participating in a small business program with my Mom/ business partner for our sweet biz, Goodytwos Toffee Company.  In this program we were asked to pick a word of the year to live by for both within our business and in our personal lives.  My first word was “opportunity”.  There are so many challenges in life & work, I wanted to see the opportunity in the challenges and the opportunity in all aspects of my life.  I wrote my word of the year on our chalkboard wall we had in our office so I could see it every day. Before I knew it I saw opportunity everywhere and in all things.  I shared this concept with my husband and he decided to join in and choose a word of the year, his was “freedom”.  What I found is instead setting one BIG ambitious goal; choosing one word to live by the whole year is obtainable and transcending… not just for the year, but it will become indelible and continue to be present for years to come.

 
It’s been 4 years that I have added a new word for the year to guide me and assist in my personal growth. My husband, my Mom and a group of my girlfriends all continue to pick a word of the year.  We all will check in with each other and find how our words of the year have impacted our lives, made us more conscious & connected.  My word for 2016 is CREATE. So here I am sharing a simple tool that has profoundly changed the way I enter into each year.  I have “created” this post with the hope that it might inspire others to do the same and then share their word with family and friends.  What will your word of 2016 be, how will it impact you and awaken you in the quiet times, or when challenges or should I say “opportunities” arise, how will one simple word be used as your guide to living a purposeful life?

Enjoy the word of the year journey ahead… its sure to enlighten one’s soul, cultivate compassion, connection and elevate your life and others around you.

Create: to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.