radiant flow

words of 2016

Because I work at a university, September marks the start of a new academic year, and is another time in which I assess the goals and plans set back in January, and tweak them or set new goals and intentions.  This morning I read a blogpost by Zoe Gregg AKA Aisling Beatha (http://ukzoe.blogspot.ca/2017/09/what-do-you-no-longer-believe-effys.html) about her 5 mottoes – which reminded me to think about my words for 2016. I set these last December as a guide, an intention for how I wanted to approach my life in 2016: my work, art practice, and home life. I used a process developed by Susannah Conway http://www.susannahconway.com/word/ to help find your word of the year. I did this in 2016 as well, and intend to do it again for 2018.

For 2017 I ended up with 2 words: a feeling word, radiant, and a doing word, flow.

Radiant means “sending out light, shining or glowing brightly” – for me it connects to being positive, joyful, energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate.

Flow means to “move along steadily and continuously; proceed or be produced smoothly, continuously, effortlessly” – and for me invokes moving forward, being engaged & focused.

When I reflect on these two words they remind me of how I want this semester to proceed, at work, art-wise, and at home. I need to stay focused and positive at work, and make time for the things in my life that bring me joy and keep me balanced.

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10 thoughts on “radiant flow”

  1. Yes! Resolutions are time bombs loaded with guilt shrapnel. Choosing a word to navigate by offers far more freedom and expansiveness.

    I tried to sign up for the 5 days word choosing class, but as soon as I clicked the sign up button, it said “invalid email” without ever showing a text box to enter the email into.

    Anyway, your word choices this year are fabulous!

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  2. I’ve been doing the Word of the Year for a few years now. My first word was Freedom, and boy that was a big one for me. This year my word is Dream. Doing a lot of dreaming, bringing them to reality is a little slow going. I love your words! They go together beautifully.

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    1. I love these words. ♥ For the past several years, a word-of-the-year comes to me, and this year’s word is “grace” – but I almost immediately knew that really it was to be a guiding phrase for me of two words – embrace grace – and that guiding phrase has been so important to me.

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  3. Ahhhh yes that is a gorgeous intention/word combination. And the thing about flowing is that it continues around you when you’re stuck in it, just let go and flow on. ❤

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