Less that two weeks before we flip the calendar over into the new year.

How do you want 2019 to feel?

We get to decide how we feel.


Revolutionary, I know.


For the last decade plus I have been choosing a word of the year. Those words have helped me feel the way I want to feel and to practice a different way of being in the world.


Words I have chosen over the years:

Listen.

Nurture.

Luminous.

Connected.

Satiated.

Steady.

Fun.

That last one was so freakin hard (Enneagram One here), that I ended up changing it to Lighthearted (also so freaking hard see Enneagram One).

I also have feelings that guide my life:

Luxurious.

Autonomous.

Abundant.

Enough.

In choosing these words and feelings I want in my life, it doesn’t mean I am not also experiencing a range of feelings good and bad. That’s real life.

But by choosing to have a touchstone intention for the year, I feel THAT feeling more often. Perhaps because I am focusing on it. Perhaps because the universe is giving me what I asked for.

All I know is that since starting this practice I have felt so much more intentional in my life. Like paying attention to the details of how I want to feel gives me the prompt to check in with myself frequently about how I am actually feeling. That in turn helps guide me back to what I’d like to feel more often and make life choices to support those feelings.


If you’d like to be intentional with your feelings in 2019 there are many ways to do that:

You can work with me privately one-on-one in Life Satisfaction Sessions where we’ll discover your 2019 word as well as those feelings you’d like to guide your life.

Sacramento folks can join my friend Holly for an in person afternoon workshop at Ritual Sacramento – Intention.


If you’d like to do an online workshop you can join my friend, Rosie Molinary, for IntentionSPARK. 


Ali Edwards hosts  one little word workshop and ways to make your word of the year visual.


If you’d like a book experience to guide you through the feelings you’d like to cultivate, I recommend The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte.


Have you ever chosen a word of the year? What was that experience like for you?