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Resolutions Made Simple: What’s Your Word for 2015?

by Elise Museles

ResolutionsWith the holidays in full swing and 2015 barely a champagne toast away, it’s the perfect time of year to reflect.

Maybe that means reviewing what worked in this last trip around the sun… and thinking about what didn’t. Or contemplating the obstacles you faced, and the odds you beat.

You might try to predict what’s to come and set a new tone for 2015, filled with meaning and purpose.

Need a little nudge in the right direction?

Introducing… the word game (a.k.a. My favorite holiday tradition!). 

Think: New Year’s Resolutions, abridged.

All you need to do is pick ONE word to guide you in the 365-day journey ahead.

My own words have varied from year to year, but have always served as a powerful reminder shaping the twelve months to follow.

One year I chose SAVOR, and I vowed to ditch the mindless eating, mindless talking and mindless living, and tune back in to the deliciousness of life.

Last year? SIMPLIFY. I traded in over complication & over thinking for SIMPLIFICATION. I cut back on the too long blog posts (Hey, did you notice?), elaborate dinner parties, stuffed-to-the-brim suitcases, and detail-oriented everything to allow for more spaciousness & relaxation. I always heard the reminder to SIMPLIFY…and it worked!

As I pondered what word to choose for 2015, I felt incredibly indecisive. And ironically, indecision has been somewhat of a theme in my life lately. As I watched myself begin to get caught up in the swirl of anxiety, however, I suddenly heard a loud authoritative voice say, “Elise, just TRUST.”

And a wave of calm came over me.

Because I realized that deep down—when I get quiet and still enough to listen—I actually always know the answer.  

I know when my body is craving an exhilarating run…and when it needs a nap.

I know when a project lights me up inside…and when it leaves me feeling drained and depleted.

I know who I am, how I want to feel, and what I want my life to look like.

And I’m willing to bet you do, too.


Despite what we’ve been taught to believe, our intuitions can be trusted.  And when we stop focusing so much energy second-guessing each and every decision, we show up much more powerfully in the world.

So in 2015 I commit to TRUSTing—myself, my instincts, and the Universe more than I ever have before.

What about you?

What word symbolizes how you want to show up and what you want to create in 2015?

What do you want to focus on? What habits are you finally ready to break?

And once you choose, I want you to TRUST that it’s the absolute right decision.

Ready to declare your word? Go ahead and post it in the comments below.

Because your words have power, and so do you. And by sharing your intention in this supportive space, you’ll get a running start on a nourishing & magical New Year.

28 Responses to Resolutions Made Simple: What’s Your Word for 2015?

  1. Jenny December 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Love this whole concept of a word per year! I am going to use the word “Plan”. So often I am just on the “treadmill” of life and I end up doing things that are not my priorities. This is for big plans in life and even for day to day things like making food ahead etc. Planning saves time in the end. I am going to put the word on my cell phone screen too, so I can keep it on my mind this year…and put a bad habit away for good!

    • Elise Museles December 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Thank you, Jenny! PLAN is an awesome word…you know I am all about PLANNING. Wishing you a fantastic 2015! xo

  2. Saman December 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    TRANSFORM is my word!

    • Elise Museles December 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      Love it, Saman! Powerful word to guide you into 2015. xo

  3. Amy December 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    I am going to chose “enjoy”. I need to take 2 hours a week to spend on myself!

    • Elise Museles December 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      Amy, sounds like the perfect way to start the New Year ENJOYing and focusing on yourself. Happy 2015!

  4. mamaste December 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    My word for 2015 is: RELEASE. I am going to release what no longer serves me. Time to clean house, literally and focus on the things that bring forth my intentions!

    • Elise Museles December 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

      Mamaste! RELEASE…can’t wait to see what 2015 brings you. xo

  5. Rebecca December 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    My word is going to be FINISH. Along with the new year, I also “start” so many projects or create so many goals, but as the year goes on, I rarely finish them. So this year, my word is going to be finish so that I actually follow through on my goals and endeavors.

    • Elise Museles December 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

      Rebecca, that is a good one. I’m with you about FINIHSing and following through. Thanks for sharing. xo

  6. Robert Sturman December 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Heal — that’s my word and that’s what I’m gonna do. This going to be the year of saying yes to myself by making the healthiest choicesI can in all that I do.

    • Elise Museles December 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

      Robert, powerful word! Sending HEALing energy for a healthy & happy 2015.

  7. Brenda December 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    My word would be TRUST God’s plan, and with that, I have to move forward with no fear! Great game Elise!

    • Elise Museles December 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

      Brenda, great minds think alike! Glad we’re in this together. To TRUST!

  8. Ksenia December 11, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    I’m going to have my whole family do it!!
    Mine is LOVE <3
    #heartbowl kind of love… and way beyond!

    • Elise Museles December 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      Ksenia! Such a fitting word for you… and all the breakfast LOVE you are spreading everywhere. I hope your 2015 is filled with lots and lots of LOVE. xo

  9. Bonnie December 13, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    Aloha Elise,

    I love this process and reading everyone’s input. Their words all sound so appropriate but I’ll choose Gratitude.
    Practicing it makes me more grateful keeping me happy and more appreciative for everything including you!

    • Elise Museles December 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      Awww, thank you, Bonnie! I feel grateful for you and your enthusiasm and support in this community. I’m so glad that we bonded over the matcha green tea when you first emailed me a few years ago. Thank you for passing on your thoughtful and heartwarming comments and insights ever since. Wishing you a 2015 filled with GRATITUDE. xo

  10. april December 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    i absolutely loved reading about the process involved in choosing your word, elise! as an early christmas gift to myself, i recently purchased sterling silver stacking rings. they will act as my tangible motivational reminder for 2015, because i had my current and previous WORDS OF THE YEAR engraved on them! i am inspired each and every day.

    • Elise Museles December 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

      April! Thanks for being a part of the conversation here. I actually have a ring inscribed with my word from last year. It does serve as reminder on a daily basis. I guess we will have to add one more to the stack!

  11. Anne Omland December 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    I love this concept, Elise! And even before I read yours my word was TRUST as well. I’ve committed to letting go of expectations, to listening to myself first above all else, and for trusting how my story unfolds. i’m already loving it! Thanks for the reminder!

    • Elise Museles December 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

      Anne, I love that we are both TRUSTing and that it was your word before seeing this post. That’s a sign for sure!

  12. Natalie December 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    Abundance. This has been one of my core desired feelings this past year and it feels so good that I’m bringing it forward into 2015.

    • Elise Museles December 16, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

      Oh, I love that, especially since it’s one of your core desired feelings! I hope your 2015 is filled with abundance in every way.

  13. Mui December 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    I love this concept! My word for 2015 is FREEDOM. Freedom to do what my heart truly desires, from a place of trust and certainty, not fear.

    • Elise Museles December 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

      Thanks, Mui,for sharing. I like that word, but I love your explanation even better:).

  14. Toby December 30, 2014 at 2:01 am #

    My word for 2015 is NOW. It’s all we have and I want to enjoy it!

    • Elise Museles December 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      Toby! I love this. Thanks for sharing your word here. xo

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