One of my practices over the last few years has been to choose a word or phrase that I would either like to see for the coming year or I just feel is appropriate for whatever reason. This tradition for me started at the end of 2012 which was a particularly rough year for me. At that time, I was more than happy to say goodbye to a year that had caused a lot of pain, confusion and had me questioning a lot of things about myself and about my life. It was from this place of feeling stuck and trapped that I started a few practices that have stuck with me over these years. The first was a 5 year journal which I was hoping would help me to see that even if things appeared to be the same, they really did in fact change. The second, within this journal, was a word for the year. In 2012 I let go of making resolutions and instead just threw out a word/phrase of what general feeling or mood I hoped the year would bring. I'm not sure if I did this every year, but this year I totally forgot about this word until today as I start to make my way to the end of my journal.