Set a Theme to Guide Your Year

Many people have written about the concept of choosing a single word as a theme to guide your year. I have been doing this since 2012. Every year, I choose a word, or sometimes a short phrase, according to how I want the year to unfold. It’s a valuable exercise that helps me focus and make decisions in my work and personal life.

Looking Back

I looked back over the last 11 years at the themes I chose to guide my business and life decisions. I have listed them here. Feel free to use one (or more) if they resonate with you.

  • 2012 – Prosperity
  • 2013 – That Was Easy
  • 2014 – Repeat Performance
  • 2015 – Steady as She Goes
  • 2016 – Moving Forward
  • 2017 – Trust
  • 2018 – Stay Present. Have Fun
  • 2019 – Thrive
  • 2020 – Stronger Every Day
  • 2021 – Life is a Gift
  • 2022 – Freedom
  • 2023 – Believe

Looking Forward – A Theme to Guide Your Year

Now it’s time for me to look forward to 2024 and choose a theme. I hope you will have an opportunity to do the same over the next few days and that you will find it a worthwhile exercise. As with everything else, it takes time and a little effort, but it isn’t something you can force. Some people prefer to pick verbs – action words – for motivation throughout the year. Others lean toward an emotional word, phrase or value they wish to incorporate into their life.

Whether it’s a verb, noun, adjective, or adverb, I recommend you select a theme to guide your year that has deep meaning for you. Like other similar tasks, some people overthink their “word” and continue the searching phase for too long. Then, they never actually experience integrating the word into their life. However, in my experience, most people find something that resonates quickly. I recommend you go with that.

Quote on a plain background. Choose a theme to guide your year. My theme is Be Grateful.

My Theme is Be Grateful

For 2024, my theme is “Be Grateful.” As I put those two words out into the universe, I am reminded of all the things I am grateful for. Sometimes, we think we want what others have because that seemingly makes them happier, and we forget to appreciate what we have. Just typing this out makes me feel a little silly. Here are all the things I am grateful for right now.

Personal Relationships

I have an amazing partner, wonderful friends, and an awesome family. At the end of the day, the people who lift you up no matter what twists and turns life brings are something to be most grateful for. Surrounding yourself with positive, nurturing relationships may just be the most important thing you can do for your health and well-being. I hope you are as fortunate as I am in this regard.

Business Relationships

For the last 20 years, I have been fortunate to work with hundreds of people, each of whom has brought something positive to my life. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our amazing clients for inviting us into their homes and offices. I like to believe that through decluttering and organizing, decorating, and renovating, we have transformed not only spaces but also lives for the better. In fact, every project has enriched my life in some way. I am excited to see what the next year brings and look forward to continuing our downsizing and design work. Also, I remain grateful that I get to do what I love for a living.

I am also grateful for my organizing and decorating colleagues, several of whom have become close friends. We have shared successes and failures and helped each other become better at what we do.

The Basic Necessities

In today’s hyper-connected world, where the lifestyles of the rich and famous splash onto our social media feeds, we can easily get caught up in wanting more, better, bigger, and faster. As a result, we risk never truly being satisfied with what we have. Some days, I think many of us forget to be grateful for the roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, and clothes on our backs – especially when people in our neighbourhoods struggle to meet their basic needs.

As the year goes on, I am sure to find many more things to be grateful for, and I hope you will, too.

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