(For the past 5 years I have used the same journal prompts in December for my personal blog Hurry Slowly. Inspired by the #Reverb10 prompts, I have kept the best and added a few of my own. Interestingly enough, I have 22 favorite prompts, and they match up nicely with the Major Arcana, so this year I’ve decided to call it #TrumpTheYear.)
THE WORLD. One Word. Encapsulate the year in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. What’s the word for next year?
2015’s word is messy. It was a messy year full of mistakes, things undone, and new directions. I went a hundred different directions at once. I’ve gotten a whole lot more comfortable with not knowing what the hell I’m doing.
So, I want the opposite for 2016.
The words that keep coming to mind as I sift through all my options are all 9 of Coins types of words: gardening, caretaking, tending, cultivation. This next year I want to take great care of myself and my family. I want the great ideas I’ve put in place at work to have a chance to take off. I want to have structure that gives me a peaceful rhythm. I want to learn new things. I want to build this blog so I can connect with like-minded people.
I will cultivate new skills.
I will cultivate good relationships.
I will cultivate my daily life like it’s a garden – weed what doesn’t belong. Feed what’s struggling. Offer space to what is thriving so it can thrive more.
I will cultivate habits and structures that work for me.
Cultivate. That’s it. Ok. Now I’m ready for 2016.