My Guiding Word for 2023

Like New Year’s resolutions I used to set one focus word as compass for the year. Words such as ‘compassion’, ‘intention’, gratitude’, ‘consistency’, ‘strength’, ‘posture’, ‘commitment’.., you get the drift.
This year, however, I decided to change it up because I realized something big: while working with one word as focus for my actions, I found myself often stuck and not empowered enough by the one direction this word offered.

This year I decided on a word that reminds me of a constant process, a cyclic move that nurtures growth by the equilibrium of moving forward no matter the challenge ahead.

Here’s what I came up with as my focus word for 2023…

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How do you feel about this? Does it inspire you?

I’m in my mid-fifties and pretty much a fire-personality. Being stuck or stagnant does not feed my Soul. Over the years I’ve learned that not all moving-forward-actions are beneficial if they are too linear in oversight.

In fact, I often felt blindsided by the ripple effects coming back to me, hurting, confusing and slowing down my progress.

I learned that keeping a 360 view in preparation of my actions minimized the ripple effects or made them a planned part of my progress. No major surprises, detours or painful experiences were the result. And I love it!

To no surprise I worked on refining that process and, in its simplest form, R.O.A.R. describes it perfectly. The longer, more detailed version is ‘The ke.i Method: Own the CHANGE You Desire’. It’s the formula I use to get to the next level of experiencing my life, every year a little bit greater.

What is your focus word for 2023?
And do you use a singular one or an abbreviation like R.O.A.R.?

Share with me and other readers in the comments. It’s a great way to be supportive and get inspired too.

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Published by Kerstin Ide Lebenskunst

Hello, I'm Kerstin--GenX rebel, bohemian💜 and quirky middle ager (hello 55!) conquering midlife and reinventing myself during this exciting time. By sharing my experiences along the way, coupled with the wisdom I learned over the years, I hope to open a source of inspiration and how-to tips for you so that you may have it easier and feel empowered to succeed in your own journey of change and aging gracefully. Are you ready? Join the journey!

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