Hey all – look at the time! The 4th Quarter is starting soon – where are you with your Word of the Year? I’m laughing now because my personal journey has been bumpy, as it usually is at this point of the year. The good news is that September and the last Quarter are great times to revive your Word and have fun playing with it. Your Word can really make the special events of the last part of the year very meaningful for you.
If you want lots of ideas for ways to engage with your Word you can sign up for my free e-course about that right here. It’s full of fun suggestions and things to do! (And you can look here for even more about Word of the Year!! Be sure to scroll down as this post will be at the top.)
In fact, above you’ll find a video walk-through of my Word of the Year book. I mention it in the course, but it helps to see it in a video, I think. Despite how it may sound in the video (and BTW I’m not being perfectionist in that video at all – a rough-ish video, indeed :)) I do choose a Word each year (since 2009!), but I don’t always add it to my WOTY book. It all depends on how you want to experience your Word and if you want to take the time to create a book. I wanted to show you some of the things you might share in a book to engage with your Word. It’s a great way, as well, to have something tangible to look back at this year, and in later years. I love how during the year that my Word was Flourishing my journey was all about me understanding what that actually meant and felt like for me. I know that because my book from that year is ALL about that exploration. And it’s still really helpful and relevant information for me.
Here are some ideas and tips for making your own book for your Word of the Year (and you can start any time!):
- I made my book from a 8.5″x11″ scrapbook I had around the house. I like that I can use varying sizes of page protectors in it for all kinds of different pages. But you could use a basic binder, or a sketch book, etc. You could create it digitally too. I also used paper, cardstock, and other paper crafting types of products. You could collect cool ephemera that relates to your word and incorporate that too. So many options!
- Consider the things you want to remember and record for your Word, and also how often you want to check in with it, and then create some projects that reflect those desires.
- Some ideas are:
- Journaling prompts to write about
- Collages or other artwork you make
- Tarot spread(s)
- A mini scrapbook of WOTY projects or field trips
- A written record of your experiences with your Word
- Word Play – what your Word means to you, how you chose it, why you want to experience it, ways you want to share it or use it in your life, synonyms, quotes, etc.
- And there are more ideas in the video…
- Then set aside time to regularly add something to your book and experience your Word in a deeper way.
- Don’t worry if you let it go for a while, just enjoy yourself when you do take time to engage.
- Go back and look through your book – see the things you’ve learned and accomplished!
Next year I may make a junk journal version of this book and keep it fresh! I love new ideas!!! I hope this is of help to you in your Word of the Year journey. I’d love to hear how things are going. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hugs and Happy Word Play,