What’s your One Word for 2014?

by Wendy Down on January 7, 2014

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Wow.  January already, huh?   To end 2013 on a high note,  I (and the family and friends who surround me in the photo, above) stood on a 1 1/2 inch thick piece of glass 102 floors above ground at the Willis Tower in Chicago.  It was thrilling to literally hang suspended in space with the city lights all around.  Including beneath our feet!

Speaking of hanging out, if you’ve been doing that with me for awhile, you’ll know that I’m a fierce advocate of choosing a One Word Theme for your life each year.

(If not, check out this post I wrote describing why.

And the follow-up article I wrote next explaining why my One Word Theme for 2013 was “Thank You”.  (Even though we both know Thank You is really two words…)

If you chose a One Word Theme last year, what was it?  And how present was that word in your daily awareness?

This would be a good time to reflect on the impact that word had on the direction your decisions – and your life – took.   And to commit, if necessary, to using your One Word Theme more actively this year!

If  your One Word was in front of your eyes frequently last year, I know you know how powerfully one word can steer your life in whatever direction you want to go.

And I know you’ll already be thinking of choosing a new one for 2014!

If you haven’t chosen a One Word Theme before, a good way to screen possible contenders is by noticing how they feel.  

For example, is there a word that makes you feel all lit up and excited?  (Travel, say?  Or… Learn.  Eat.  Laugh.  Risk.  Play…)

Or, perhaps this year you’d prefer a word that would make you feel more peaceful and calm all year.  (If so, how about a word like: Forgive.  Relax.  Slower.  Appreciate. Or even a word you might not consider.  Like, say, ‘Me’.)

If one word could guide your decisions for this coming year, what word would feel best right now?

A good One Word Theme may feel more like acknowledgement of a direction that your life has been calling you towards anyway.  Perhaps by choosing your word, you are simply declaring a movement already underway and giving it a name.

Two years ago, my One Word Theme was Give.  (I described that choice in detail here. Including the assertive action it led me to take.)

This year, my personal One Word Theme is….


Reinvent.   It feels right because I love the prospect of having an entire year to throw all the balls of my life up in the air,  juggle them and see how they land in a unexpected ways.   Having the entire year means there’s no pressure to decide on anything quickly either.

Instead, 2014 is my year to reinvent myself in brand new ways I’ve never considered before.

When you choose your word, I recommend phrasing it as a verb because it will automatically prompt you to take action.   This year, for example, I’ve written my word ‘Reinvent’ on a new post-it note and stuck it on my laptop.  At a glance, it invites me to consider if I want to Reinvent whatever I’m focussed on in the moment.

Naturally,  this means I’ll be reinventing the Consciousness Playground too!  I’m not sure what will happen here as a result, but I’m excited to find out.  And I promise to share the news as I juggle and play.

So… now it’s your turn.

What One Word captures the essence of how you want to feel and be in 2014?

It’s easy to claim the word that speaks to you as your theme for 2014.    And doing this could easily be the most pivotal decision you make all year.

Write your word down and post it somewhere you’ll see it several times a day as a reminder. I always use a post-it note on my computer, but you might want to use your word as the screen-saver on your phone or computer.  Or hand-write a note that hangs on your bathroom mirror.

When you’ve done that, double declare your One Word Theme by sharing it as a Comment below.   Doing so will inspire you… and me too.  I can’t wait to see what you’ll be up to this year.

See you here again soon!


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Marnyka January 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm

The one word for me is “Visibility”. I can’t hide anymore, it’s time for me to show up in my personal and professional life.


Amy January 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm


S Wave January 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I love this idea of a word for the year. I shared this practice on Life As a Wave (lifeasawave.wordpress.com) and some of my readers have even now joined Consciousness Playground!

My word (well, it’s 2 actually) is Sacred Present. “Sacred” to remember that every moment is sacred and “Present” to remember to stay in the moment where that sacredness is.

Thanks, Wendy, for sharing with us!

Wendy Down January 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

That’s wonderful, S Wave! Your choice of these powerfully focussing word(s) will change you this year!

Tori January 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm

My word for the year is “Purify”. As of now, I’m feeling it relating to my perception of myself and others; but I look forward to finding out what else it means 🙂

Elizabeth January 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Thanks, Wendy – excellent idea, I’ll sit with that! I agree the word “kaboosh”, is an excellent word for comfortable and stylish! love it…..

adriana January 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Wendy, Happy New Year and thank you for this great idea. I read a book called Afformations where it is suggested phrasing a word as a question elicitss the subconscious into action to locate evidence to support. For example, my word is appreciate and my affirmation might be “how do I appreciate the people in my life? or how do I appreciate myself?; it is an interesting thought; thanks for being you!

Elizabeth January 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I love the idea of one word to focus on for the year – I’m finding it challenging to find that one word. I sat down the other night and began thinking about what I wanted for this year and came up with a list of words. Not sure if any one feels right. I thought “connect and expand” was good for a minute, even though that’s 3 – 2??- words. There are two things I want most for this year: to be absolutely comfortable, confident and at home in my being, to feel that true core of me no matter what is happening “out here” – this centers most around really loving myself as a part of everything. I also really want to up my professional life – without competition or heavy striving, just align myself with the me who is more quality and more financially rewarding work in my field. I want to taste the freedom and the fun of making some really good money while doing exactly what I do best. This is why “connect and expand” seemed best. But it’s still not completely resonating for me……

Wendy Down January 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Elizabeth – you’re actually so clear on the feeling you want – that’s the main thing. For fun, you could make up a word that captures that feeling. I once worked with a newly-single woman starting over who wanted her new home to feel comfortable, inviting, stylish… She made up the word “kaboosh! I want my place to look kaboosh!”. She knew exactly what that meant and even now when I see a room that feels relaxing and pretty I think, “It’s so kaboosh!”. Just know you can’t get it wrong and have fun with it.

Lynda Borschowa January 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Surrender. I choose surrender and allow my intentions to unfold:)

nimmoo January 8, 2014 at 4:47 am


Tarah Long January 8, 2014 at 2:03 am

FUN! I want to fun to infuse all that I do this year:)

Sue January 8, 2014 at 1:48 am


Wendy Down January 8, 2014 at 12:21 am

Oh, how fun to read all of these! And to notice how each one will shape your life in a direction that speaks so perfectly to each of you right now…

Grace, Wendy Down thinks Up! would be marvellous for a year too.

Patricia, looks like you are already having so much fun with AbUnDaNcE.

Fern, what a great idea your jar of Blessings is. So perfect for capturing and basking in them at year’s end!

Colleen, I have a feeling many people will be blessed by your focus on Forgiveness this year and that you’ll be amazed by how your relationships look and feel at the end!

Meryl, I’m personally excited to consider the impact you will have in the world by putting all know and are are into Ambassadorship this year.

and Ava, imagine how your life will transform by consciously Choosing over and over.


Linda January 8, 2014 at 12:10 am

“Oneness” was my word for 2012, and “Miraculousity” was 2013’s…and for 2014 I am choosing Presence (the Observer state Deepak Chopra refers to, or, the Pure Awareness viewpoint Dr. Frank Kinslow speaks of) . I have already been playing with slipping into Presence, and watching my mental chatter flow by…slipping into Presence in the middle of a daily task…feeling that timeless space of eternal-self-viewpoint…so delicious all on its own, without a “target” in sight!

Ava January 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm


And, thanks Fern…that was lovely.

Meryl January 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Great challenge, Wendy. My word is ambassadorship. It fits with my vision, my position and my passion seamlessly!

Colleen January 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Yahoo Wendy…Just picked my word last week…Forgiveness…whatever happened, what ever is happening and whatever will happen 🙂

Fern January 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm

My word for 2014 is TRUST.

Last year it was Gratitude. I made a jar and during the year anything I was thankful for I put a note into the jar. At the beginning of this year, I emptied my jar and reviewed all the great things that happened in 2013.

This year my jar label is called “Blessings”

Patricia January 7, 2014 at 7:55 pm


Grace January 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm