My Heart Journey
Today I finally want to share my word for the year, my supporting words, and why I chose what I chose for the year. I had my Susannah Conway’s Find Your Word and Unravel Your Year workbooks filled for a long while now, so I knew my words and what I feel I need to do this year, but I still hadn’t organized it all in a way that made sense. I generally organize my intentions so that they line up with one of my supporting words, but I hadn’t sat down to do that part yet. Anyway, I took some time out recently to get my words all organized. So now I’m better prepared for documenting them in my unraveling journal, which I also still need to do.
My One Little Word is HEART.
2022 left my heart a bit fragile and fractured (you can get a bit more of the backstory in the video below). So for this year, it needs mending in more ways than one. It needs healing, joy, creativity, and to be at the center of everything that I do. I feel like I need to return to my heart and reclaim it.
I initially was going to chose the word Love for 2023. It was the first word that popped into my head, but the more I sat with it, the more the word Heart kept popping up instead. And honestly, I feel like Heart is THE word. I’ve never felt so connected to a word than I do Heart, and I think it’s because it it encompasses all the areas of my life that I want to focus on.
So my Supporting Words for this year are HEAL, JOY, CREATE ART, and EXPLORE.
HEAL is all about self-care and literally healing my heart. Healing it from heartbreak, grief, past trauma, and sadness. Learning to self-soothe better and pause before reacting to my emotions. I want to practice mindfulness in this regard and in all aspects of my life. Also learning to sit with the uncomfortable emotions, really feeling them, then letting them pass through me instead of running away from them and escaping. I think a lot of my healing will be rooted in practicing gratitude for everything that I presently have and letting go of all things that no longer serve me.
JOY is all about reclaiming my heart and doing all things from a place of love. I want to do things that I genuinely enjoy. If it’s not a FUCK YES then it’s a FUCK NO. I don’t want to settle for the lukewarm. I really want to do things that my heart says yes to.
CREATE ART is about returning to creativity. Through all of the heartbreak in 2022, I abandoned my creative practice and want to return to it—art journaling, mixed media art, photography, creating vlogs and videos, and journaling. Making time for my creativity.
EXPLORE is about trying and discovering new things—both internally and externally. I want to discover new ways to better myself through mindfulness, gratitude, and daily journaling. I want to dip my toe into manifesting and astrology, and just other ways to learn more about my personality, who I am, and what I want. Externally, I want to try new things, specifically, things that I really want to do that have scared me in the past. This year I want to follow my heart—if I want to do something and it scares me, that is a huge indicator that maybe I need to do it.
All of this culminates in my phrase for the year, MY HEART JOURNEY.
I call it my heart journey because all of this is a process. Healing is a process. Finding and cultivating joy in your life is a process. Maintaining a creative practice is a process. And it all takes time. Exploring the world and oneself takes time. What better use of my time than to journey through it all. Hence, my heart journey. I really do feel deep down that I must embark on this particular journey this year. My heart calls for it and if my heart is saying yes then maybe I need to do it.