I really struggled with my word of the year this year. It wasn’t that I couldn’t find one word, in fact, I found a lot. Each time I thought I had found my word, another one would pop up. I went from Breath, to stand, to embrace, and so many more that I lost track, to be honest. But then this weekend it literally hit me Abundance.
I was like, okay, what does that mean? So I quickly let my finger do some googling and looked up the many definitions of the word Abundance. But as I was pulling up all the sites that would lead me to this, I came upon this question ( you know how google sometimes comes up with questions that they think you are searching for). “What does Abundance mean Spiritually?” IT was like it read my mind.
This is what it said.
What does Abundance mean spiritually?
"Abundant Life" refers to life in its abounding fullness of joy and strength for mind, body, and soul. "Abundant Life" signifies a contrast to feelings of lack, emptiness, and dissatisfaction, and such feelings may motivate a person to seek for the meaning of life and a change in their life.
And it hit me like a ton of bricks; all those words that God was sending my way could be encompassed in this one-word Abundance. Plus, I know He knows my favorite movie of all time is “Fools Rush In“. It stars Matthew Perry, you know the guy from Friends and Salma Hayek. In the movie, Isabel, aka Salma plays a person who believes that there are signs everywhere. Signs to tell you which path to take.
So as I sat there and thought about the word, I was dumbfounded. All those words, aka signs, lead me to Abundance. So once I knew in my heart that this was my word of the year, I quickly started thinking about what meaning it would take on for me.
As you can see from the above question is about being full of joy, the strength of mind, body, and soul. So to start, I am going to do more things that give me joy. Lunches with friends, travel, reading (Y’all I have already read 13 books since Christmas. Remember my commitment to read 5 books a month last year- yea, that didn’t happen. But I did learn from that, not to set goals that would only discourage me. Instead, I am happy with the 13 books I have read so far, but don’t worry, I am not stopping, I am going to continue to learn. ( If you want to know what 13 books I have read, it is a series by Patti Larsen called the Fiona Fleming Cozy Mysteries.
I am a sucker for series because I get invested in the characters. But all these books won’t be just for fun. There will be some for educational and, of course, the books I do along with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, which I am anxiously awaiting the start of in a few weeks.
Strength of mind means I am going to battle that devil that is negative self-talk and finally kick it to the curb this year. I am not going to say that I won’t have my moments, but I am refusing to let it control me anymore.
At this place in my life, I am happy where I am. Still, I know that I could do things to improve, like exercise more, cut down on sweets, and finally take some time for self-care- like spa days, massages, and even crafting classes.
I also vow to learn how to use my Cricut machine that I have had for two years and have not used it once. Not lie.
I also want to be there more for those friends who always have my back no matter what. This is also the year of new growth, I am launching a mastermind with 6 amazing women for the sole purpose to encourage and empower each other. ( This mastermind was an idea that I came up with a few years ago. Finally, at the end of last year- I had the courage enough to speak to my friend Tracy about it, and she agreed to come along for the ride and help me out. ) Another blog will be launching soon, not ready to say what it is, but it is an idea that is really close to my heart.
And finally, having Abundance means that I don’t lack for anything. That, in fact, I am actually downsizing. Getting rid of the clutter in my house, my Blog cabin, and my brain. Look out house, you won’t know what hit you soon. I already started this by rearranging my bedroom and need curtains, and the look will be complete.
And with blogging, I want to be steadfast in the opportunities I take and with the people who I work. In the past, I felt like I had to take every job that was offered, but now I realize that if someone tries to low ball me, I can say no thank you and move on. Because I know a better opportunity is just around the corner.
So tell me, do you choose a word of the year? If so, what is it? I can’t wait to see how this word serves me this year.