word of the year (plus a calendar giveaway!)

Word of the year.

This will be my third year choosing a word and hosting a giveaway.

For 2013, I chose Shine.

My word for 2014 was Adventure.

The magical thing about choosing these words for the year is that they don’t go away after December 31. I still try to bring the spirit of shining into everything I do. And I try to live every day as an adventure (hello! Trader Joe’s with two babies: Adventure!).

For my 2015 word, I threw around a few options. One was Bigger - I want to grow my business, I want to reach more people with the work that I do. I want to go Bigger. (Just not in terms of my ass.) This is something that I’ve already committed to doing with my work in 100 Rejection Letters.

The other word I considered was Deeper. I want to deepen what I’m doing, dig in, go beyond the surface and see what comes of me chasing fewer ideas down their corresponding rabbit holes and developing just a few more fully.

But something stopped me with both of these words: the work involved. I’m not saying that I’m against doing the work. I’m not. In fact, Doing the Work is one of my favorite things ever. But, I’m against doing the work for the sake of the struggle.

I’m ready to let go of the idea that effort = struggle, that the only way to succeed is by pushing and pushing and pushing until something breaks.

I’m ready to embrace the idea that the work that comes the most easily to me is the same thing that the world needs. While I will still put forth the effort to write and create and share my work, I don’t need to bang my head against the wall to get the ideas to flow. I just need to sit quietly and let them out.

Ease. I’m ready to welcome a sense of ease into what I do. I am ready to let myself be surprised at how easy things can actually be... all while growing my business and going deeper into the work that I’m creating.

I’m committing to all of it, but I want to find the easy way around.

Again, this doesn’t mean that I want to find the way that doesn’t require work. I work hard. I sit down to write even when I don’t feel like it. I take risks, I put myself out there before I’m ready, hit send even when I think my ideas are crazy or that no one will get it.

All of this requires effort. But it doesn’t have to require struggle.

I’ve talked a lot this month about how I’m shifting things in my business - I hadn’t realized until now that this points to ease.

And now it’s your turn! I love hearing the words that you come up with for your year - and I’m hosting a giveaway yet again.

To enter for a chance to win both a 2015 Sparkle & Shine calendar and a Make Out with Yes letterpress poster, leave a comment here sharing your word for 2015 (or your reason for NOT choosing a word!) by 5pm PST on Friday, January 2. I’ll draw a winner at random.

Happy new year, everyone! No matter what word you choose (or if you don’t choose a word at all!), I wish you a year filled with magic!

Update: Congratulations, Katie, on winning the giveaway! Check your inbox :) 

**graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching