Monday, 16 January 2012

Just One Word for 2012

I have struggled this year to find one word. Yes, lots came to mind and they were good words.  Inspiring or powerful, but somehow they did not completely fit what I felt.

I knew 2011 was going to be a challenging year with lots of decisions and choices to make.  

And so I chose the  word 'intuition'.  It was a reminder that I just need to sit quietly and listen, rather than to act straight away.  And I learnt that if I didn't follow my head, or what other people said, I could trust my intuition to guide me.  

And so, I sat with not having a word  to start this new year.  Hoping that it would come to me when the time was right.  And it did.  Last night.


It's not a word that I had considered or even thought of.  But it felt just right.  And last year I made a lot of progress.

For one thing I was redeployed and my role within a new service  has involved lots of adaption and a big learning curve.  It has worked out much better than I expected, and it continues to be a time for development and change.  And I am looking forward, rather than to the past. 

And my home.  Well, yes that is still work in progress, with the kitchen and utility room unfinished.  But change has happened since I posted hereLots of change infact.  And it
continues to happen.

                                                             In all areas of my life.

But, because change can happen slowly and progressively I don't always  acknowledge how hard I have worked throughout the year.  But I am giving myself a pat on the back right now, and recognising that progress has been made and that 2012 has started out on a much more positive footing. 

And the more I think about the word, I like Progress.
Yes, I really do. 

I wanted a word that recognised change, movement, and growth....   how far I came last year in practical achievement and personal growth.  And the work that is yet to come.... the planned and the unexpected.   And the dictionary defines it just so:

1. movement forwards, esp towards a place or objective
2. satisfactory development, growth, or advance
3. advance towards completion, maturity, or perfection; the steady onward march of progress

Progress sits comfortably.  It is not static or stuck.  Yes, I can happily live with this word, because it is positive, inspiring and it has energy.  Thank you, intuition.....

Before I go I want to share these two posts.  Because they describe how other people chose their words.  

So, I wonder if Alexa, at Trimming the Sails will leave you thoughtful and moved, like I was?
Or, Layla, at The Lettered Cottage will make you smile with her tale of a movie?
And finally, I wonder if you have a Word for the Year, and if so, what inspired you to choose?
 Because what ever it was, I hope it brings you guidance and inspiration throughout 2012.


  1. It's a good word. It has a positive ring to it I like, and it feels long lasting - like it will keep you going ALL year

  2. Good choice of word Sandie. Sometimes we don't take enough time to sit still and reflect on what we have achieved and how far we have moved. Looking forward to following you this year and seeing how things work out!

  3. Like your choice of word Sandie...looking forward to following your PROGRESS!
    Alison xx

  4. does have a very positive ring to it.....and I look forward to seeing some of your progress.

  5. I came over to check out your progress - it's a good choice! I like the reasons it seems right to you - and I so agree that we all need to try to be in touch with our intuition :)

  6. This looks like such a wonderfully expansive, move-into-any-thing word! Enjoying your own pleasure at how far things have come for you, and looking forward to seeing how it all progresses. :)


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