Word of the Year – oh sh*t!

Art, word of the year

My word of the year has chosen me, and it’s a doozy – the kind of word that had me saying “really?!” “Oh shit!” and “here we go again!” You see, when a word of the year chooses me, it’s usually to push me in a direction of growth (ahem, big crazy challenges). Because really, for me, change is challenging, and also wonderful and necessary. So I have a love/hate relationship with my word of the year, and I’m always grateful (eventually).


My 2015 Word of the Year - Design by Jo Klima of The Darling Tree

My 2015 Word of the Year – Design by Jo Klima of The Darling Tree

This was the first time I chose a Word of the Year, and I thought it was relatively innocuous, but good. It sounded virtuous – I want to listen more to others. Once I committed to it, however, the Divine took hold and said “now you have to listen to ME, and your BODY, and your own INNER GUIDANCE.” Well crap, that’s a whole lot harder than what I had in mind. This word took me on a journey, helped me to dive into tarot and oracle cards more fully, pushed me to develop my meditation practice (and other woo-woo things) – all in the service of learning to listen deeply. As someone who had fought all things woo-woo for many years (12 years in academic/research psychology), this word turned out to be WAY more challenging than I anticipated. Of course this challenging word has led me down a path that has been the truest and most authentic of my life so far. So there’s that.


2016 Word of the Year - Pause

2016 Word of the Year – Pause

Ah, a simple one, right? Pause to stop and appreciate beauty all around you. Pause before committing yourself to too many things to avoid burnout. Pause so you can respond thoughtfully instead of (over)reacting – a parenting practice I aspire to. Mmm, so nice and zen, so mindful! As usual simple is not necessarily easy. Pause turned out to be one huge freaking pause in so many unexpected ways – menopause, pause the business completely for health reasons – actually pause just about everything for health reasons. 2016 was the year that my body finally told me – well you really didn’t learn the lesson of listening to me in 2015, you keep pushing me beyond what’s good for me, so I’m gonna make you listen to me now. (See how that sneaky word “listen” from 2015 just came along for 2016 too?)

Here’s where I’m supposed to tell you about all of the gifts of this pause year: how I developed a deeper and more intimate relationship with my own body (true), how pause helped me with my boundaries and my energy level (also true). But the coolest thing about my pause year was that I got off of my computer and did art. I feel my artist self blossoming and emerging in ways I never expected.

Lots more intuitive painting (even began Teacher Training with Chris Zydel!): intuitive-painting-collage

Participated in a postcard swap and a 52 card deck swap (twice!):


Even started art journaling!


Now it’s 2017 and my word of the year is:  surrender.  Yikes! For me this is a big deal because I really like the feeling of being in control (no, really, I LOVE it). Surrender feels like the opposite of control which is why I resisted it when it popped into my head on New Year’s Day. I have no illusions, like I did for 2015 and 2016, that this word will be easy or fun or enjoyable. Here’s the interesting thing though – it could be easy, fun and enjoyable if I get out of my own way. What might it be like to surrender to what truly is happening instead of trying to bend things to my own will (or to some version of how I think things “should” be?) What would it be like to float along down the river with the current instead of always trying to swim upstream? I guess that 2017 is the year I will be trying that out. Wish me luck!

What’s your word of the year and how do you feel about it? I’d love to know!

Let’s keep in touch! Sign up for my newsletter for information about upcoming classes, special offers, and a more intimate look into my adventures with spirit.

Sign up for Divine Light Coaching's Newsletter

Sign up for Divine Light Coaching’s Newsletter

9 thoughts on “Word of the Year – oh sh*t!

  1. Monica,
    I always have trouble with surrender as well. I think my word is patience or at least it seems that way. Patience for myself and others. Patience to be new at things ( such as art or at work). Realizing that there is always something new to learn ( we cannot always know everything). It will be interesting to see what I learn from patience – if allow myself to learn. Thanks for sharing, Love, Rena

  2. Ooo, more art, please, Monica. Surrender is a great word. It’s something I’ve been working with for a while too (hence Audacious). A super helpful book is “The Surrender Experiment” by Michael A. Singer. My word for 2917 is a big one: DARE. 2016 was Audacious but apparently the Divine thought I needed to take it further, deeper, wider.

    1. Thank you my dear for your kind words! Yes, I remember people reading The Surrender Experiment last year and I think I was too much in avoidance of surrender to pick it up. It looks like it’s time now! I love your word, an amplification of last year’s and one to move you even more fully into your amazing work!! Perfect!

  3. Love this! Thanks for always keeping it real 💥

    FIERCE began as my theme and now it feels it has ebbed into my biz word of the year, which naturally I’ve been exploring as a CDF with variations…

    Fierce forGIVEness Fierce Flexibility Fierce Faith

    These are the ones I have been sitting with this week!

    Now the word that chose me and I have claimed as my personal word of the year is RENEW. It can to me from the final new moon spread I did of the year using the Spirit de Luna deck — now a fav ✨ As of now, it’s been about renewing certain practices — daily walks, bullet journaling, and weekly money management to name a few.

    Thanks for you vox! I listened to it today and as such, you’ve been on mind and so after reading your post, I couldn’t resist the desire to hit reply.

    Love + Revolution

    Mama J 💋 On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 3:13 PM Divine Light Coaching wrote:

    > divinelightcoaching posted: “My word of the year has chosen me, and it’s a > doozy – the kind of word that had me saying “really?!” “Oh shit!” and “here > we go again!” You see, when a word of the year chooses me, it’s usually to > push me in a direction of growth (ahem, big crazy challeng” >

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s