Choosing YOUR word for the New Year

The power of words is often underestimated.

The words we choose to use can have a huge impact on our thoughts, feelings, and actions. They can shape our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us, and they can influence the way others perceive us as well.

As we enter a new year, it can be a meaningful exercise to choose a word or phrase that we want to focus on or embody in the coming year. This word can serve as a guiding principle or a source of inspiration, helping us to stay grounded and motivated as we work towards our goals.

There are many different approaches to choosing a word for the new year. Some people like to think about what they want to achieve or experience in the coming year, and choose a word that reflects that. Others might reflect on the past year and choose a word that represents what they learned or what they want to leave behind.

Choosing a word of the year can be a fun and meaningful way to set intentions and focus on personal growth.

It's a chance to reflect on the past year and identify a theme or concept that you want to bring more of into your life.

Here are some tips for choosing your own word of the year:

Take some time to think about the events, experiences, and emotions of the past year. What stood out to you? What do you want to bring more of into your life in the coming year?

  • Consider your values and goals: What values and goals are most important to you? Choose a word that aligns with your values and helps you achieve your goals.
  • Keep it positive: Choose a word that has a positive connotation and inspires you to take action. A word like "happiness" or "gratitude" can be a powerful motivator.
  • Make it actionable: Choose a word that you can actively work towards and incorporate into your daily life. A word like "discipline" or "compassion" can be a powerful tool for personal growth.
  • Keep it simple: Choose a word that is easy to remember and incorporate into your daily life. A short, straightforward word will be easier to remember and use as a touchstone throughout the year.

    Some examples of words that people might choose for the new year include:


    • Courage

    • Gratitude

    • Growth

    • Simplicity

    • Resilience

    • Creativity

    • Adventure

    • Kindness

    • Strength


    Remember, the word you choose is meant to be a source of inspiration and guidance, not a burden or a source of pressure. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself the flexibility to adjust your word as your goals and priorities change throughout the year.

    Once you've chosen your word of the year, it's important to take action and actively work towards incorporating it into your life. Consider creating a vision board or setting specific goals related to your word. You could also try incorporating your word into your daily affirmations or setting reminders for yourself throughout the day.

    It can be especially important for mothers to choose a word for the year because motherhood can be a demanding and challenging role that requires a lot of time, energy, and focus.

    A word of the year can provide a touchstone and a source of inspiration and motivation for mothers as they navigate the many responsibilities and demands of daily motherhood.

    By choosing a word for the year, mothers can set an intention for their personal growth and development, and work towards incorporating that word into their daily lives. This can help mothers to stay focused on what is most important to them and to prioritize their own well-being, even amidst the many demands of motherhood.

    It can be beneficial for dads to choose a word of the year for many of the same reasons that it is important for mothers.

    Fatherhood, like motherhood, is a demanding and challenging role that requires a lot of time, energy, and focus for the ExhaustDad Family Man. 

    It's honestly a power tool for the entire family.

    Choosing a word together for the year can be a powerful tool for the entire family. The family can benefit from a selected word to set the coming year's intentions that align with the family's values, goals, and aspirations for the New Year. It even makes a great project if you go the extra mile and turn it into a family vision board. 

    Do you have a word picked for the New Year yet?

    Tell us in the comments or DM us on Instagram @themomculture


    Written by Sarah Komers


    My word for 2023 is SHIFT. Shifting from merely surviving to thriving. Shift from lack to abundance. Shift from fear to faith.

    Elizabeth on Jan 01, 2023

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