Discover the magic with your Word of the Year


Happy New Year!! January is a perfect time for fresh starts and new beginnings. If you’ve tried resolutions, but they don’t stick, you’re not alone. Good news! It’s time to discover your Word of the Year. With this powerful intention setting tool, you’ll focus on the feeling that you want more of in your life and set yourself up for success.

Choosing a Word of the Year allows you to intentionally create and welcome opportunities to design the life that you desire this year. Grab the free printable here and select the word that best fits the feeling that you want to guide you throughout this year. Find the word that taps into your soul. Let it guide everything that you do.

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My Word of the Year is Magic, and I’m excited to allow it to guide me. Magic, serendipity, and connection are feelings that fit together for me. This year, I’m going to focus on playing in the magic, allowing me to live with grace and flow. It’s a phrase that jumped out to me during a powerful retreat I went to in Siesta Key this fall.

In 2018, I’ll ask myself whether the actions I take will bring me closer to feeling the powerful ‘magic’ that happens when I feel connected in my work, my health and my life. Serendipity and connection are pieces of the magic that happens when I recognize the opportunities for growth that feel right for me. I’m excited to see where my Word of the Year takes me!

Why not just make a resolution like so many people do? Because they rarely create lasting change. Most people forget about them after a few days or weeks. Rules like I’m quitting sugar for more coffee...I’ll work out every day before work…

There’s nothing wrong at all with wanting to do these things, of course. Resolutions are just so...rigid.

Surely you’ve heard the expression that “resolutions are made to be broken.”

Instead, find your word of the year to guide how you make decisions. Look at the feeling that you want to get. What’s your soul’s desire? WHY do you want to do this? Identify the feeling. If it’s healthier, stronger, or something else, make that your word.

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Only 8% of people stick to their New Year’s Resolutions. Which means that 92% quit. Often, the expectations are unreasonable or unsustainable. By the time you read this, you may be close to giving up.

Instead, download my worksheet below to guide you in choosing your Word of the Year. Discover how to align your daily life with your Word of the Year to create intrinsic motivation. You can start any day of the year, and create new habits over time. It works!

A couple of years ago, my friend made a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym four times a week. Within two weeks, she was skipping her workouts, and then quit. She didn’t identify the why behind her reason for going to the gym.

Last year she went with a Word of the Year: healthy. Every time she went to the gym, she focused on her intention to live healthier. Her confidence and commitment to being healthy showed up in other ways, too. Making better food choices, running outdoors, swimming, or working out with friends helped her own her Word of the Year and successfully achieve her healthy goal.

Selecting your best Word of the Year makes it simpler to identify how to powerfully create the change you want. It’s part of a process. Once you have your Word of the Year, choose to take inspired action that’s aligned with your theme. Let it guide your choices throughout the year.

If “healthy” is your word, then you get to choose whether meeting up with a friend for a hike at a diner for a stack of pancakes and a latte will bring you closer to your goal. Whatever your word is, remember to keep it in balance. It’s not meant to deprive or punish; your Word of the Year is meant to nurture your soul.  

Download the worksheet to choose your Word of the Year. Discover how to align your daily life with your Word of the Year to create intrinsic motivation. When you connect to your why, it works!

Choosing a Word of the Year is a powerful and different way to create the life that you want. It's less about the shoulds, and all about focusing on the feelings that you’ll have when your accomplishments are manifested.

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I’m excited to see where my Word of the Year, Magic, takes me in 2018. What Word of the Year will you choose to help you reach your goals? Please share! And if you need help, contact me at I’m here to support you all the way!


Denise Fountain is a Life Transformation Coach and Certified Professional Coach. She works with women going through transitions to rediscover themselves and create lives that are happy, healthy and whole again. Together with her clients, she explores the connection between stress, health and happiness, and guides her clients to move forward to make lasting and sustainable changes.

Denise is passionate about helping women live their best lives. Denise provides coaching for clients living anywhere by phone or Skype, and is available for speaking engagements and workshops. Sign up for updates. Contact her at to learn more about how Denise can partner with you to create the life you dream of.