As I was reflecting on not making any new year’s resolutions, I decided to pick a word for the year instead. I feel like picking a personal word as a theme is a powerful statement; It’s a way of setting the tone for what I want. I’m committing to letting this one little word show me what I need to know this year.
Have you ever felt like you’re being ushered along your path in a certain way? I experience this all of the time. It’s not only a gut feeling I get about what choices to make, but it’s also the signs that appear all around me like magic.
Because of that, my word for this year is: Guidance.
And I’m not just talking about the typical best-friend-or-parental-advice-type of guidance, I’m talking about guidance from my own inner compass as well. I want to be guided by my heart and feel my way through it. I want to be guided by signs I get from my everyday life, because those moments can often be the most powerful–sometimes the easiest and best path is what is right in front of me.
When I hear a stranger’s kind word, a nostalgic song or see a cardinal in the yard, I know there’s a message for me there; I just need to tune in to the moment and figure out what it is.
And at times, I can feel almost crazy at the uniquely, bizarre guideposts that pop up:
~ Like when I was feeling a little homesick for the US while climbing Mt Fuji and then ran into a college friend halfway down my descent of the mountain (yes, in Japan!)
~ Or when I happened to find a Nepalese surgeon to help me when I was in dire straits in a village halfway around the world. He was trained for a short time in NYC and his brother lived only 30 minutes from me in NJ (of course he did.)
~Or how geese fly over my head when I’m outside and having a particularly sad moment of missing my mom. She loved geese + I know it’s her way of saying hi.
Those experiences showed me I was being seen + helped along the path I was meant to go.
Signs are everywhere. They are my guidance.
This is going to be a big year for me. For my art, my relationship + the dreams I’ve had–they’re coming into full bloom. I’m going to need the support and strength of an open heart + mind through all of this, so I’m really excited about being guided.
I can’t wait to see what the universe has in store for me.
How about you? Do you have one word that seems to call to you this year? I’d love to hear what it is.