Every year, side by side with many of my creative kindreds, I choose a word to live by for the year ahead. A word to help me focus on what I want to attract into my life, the feelings, people, places and experiences. It always takes me a few days following the new year to be ready to say “My Word of the Year” and what always amuses me is that it’s always more than one word!

Last year, my word was Flourish which was all about flourishing in the world of design and art – finding what really made me bloom. 2011 was “Stretch” & “cultivate”, which encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone but also cultivating what I knew was working in my new life. Then at the very beginning in 2010, my word was leap fearlessly! which I did when I quit my corporate job in May 2010!

As I prepare for my new life in Spain, I am re-connecting with the feeling I wanted to attract into my life – which was the overpowering force for me to make this change. “To live a more peaceful, simple life and be more connected with nature and myself”

So, when thinking about my 2013, “Grounding” is what appeared to me. I wish to be more grounded and centered within myself, to the earth, to nature. Balanced, in-tune, intuitive to everything around me and see all of life’s connections.

Here is my “Grounding” journal page

grounding journal page

Grounding {in an electrical power sense} is all about removing the excess charge on an object. Grounding is a process that helps the body to connect to earth energies and be part of the natural world around us. These past few years I have made some conscious choices to let go of what I have seen as some of these “excess charges” – TV, cell phones and now – the constant electromagnetic fields {through cell phone towers, electronics, wifi networks etc} which are so prevalent in our modern cities and towns. I  constantly feel these negative ‘charges’ around me and 2013 is the year to break my body free from that and create a life by the ocean, closer to nature, being grounded and connected every single day.

I have not created my 2013 visionboard yet {that’s next weekend!} or created specific goals for my year ahead, however…. some of the lovely visualizations swimming around in my head are: daily walks along the sand, being barefoot as much as I possibly can, yoga twice a week at the beach bar, growing herbs and veggies on my balcony, meditating, painting, creating and most of all being connected to my own natural world.

Do have a word for the year? I would love to hear yours and the thoughts behind it.

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