2020 Word for the Year

It’s been a few years since I picked a word to focus on for the year. After everything we’ve endured the last two years, the loss, the trauma and the grief, it felt like the time to pick a word again. When I first did it many years ago, we’d had a rough year with some serious health issues with our son, I was in a very fearful place and it took picking a word to really propel me out of that darkness.

I find myself in a similar place again. Feeling the weight of the difficulties we’ve had and needing very much to find a source of light.

My word for 2020 is Simplify.

For many this word would signify a shrinking and weeding out and there may be some of that for me, but really simplify means focusing my energy on the things that matter. It means taking this time with our 19 year old daughter (who may not be under our roof much longer) and our 17 year old son as they transition into adulthood. It means redefining my career and letting go of the “should do’s” and giving myself permission to speak my voice. Grief in many ways takes away your voice and this year, it’s my hope, I find mine again.

What about you? Have you picked a word for the year? I’d love to hear what it is and why you chose it.

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