What’s Your 2023 Word?

Lauren Sullivan
4 min readDec 21, 2022
Photo by Moritz Knöringer on Unsplash

A friend of mine recently told me about her concept of choosing one word to embrace in the new year.

The idea is to scrap the idea of making a meaningless list of resolutions, and instead pinpoint one dedicated feeling — verb, adjective or noun — to go into 2023 embodying.

I love this idea because it forces you to think of the upcoming year from a more general, open-ended perspective.

Oftentimes when we write these long lists of goals and resolutions, we never end up sticking to them because we struggle to identify the ‘why’ behind it all.

For instance, one of my new year’s resolutions that I consistently never follow through on is meditation.

My resolution is always, “Meditate for 10 minutes every morning.” In January, I end up doing it 90% of the month, but by the end of the year I completely forgot about my initial intention.

However, if I focus on walking into the year being mindful, I am much more likely to follow through with activities that align with being mindful.

When we pick a mantra or word to go into the new year with, it’s much more manageable to keep at the forefront of our mind everyday. We naturally choose habits that align with our intention because the goal doesn’t feel so lofty to keep up with.



Lauren Sullivan

A millennial living in Manhattan, eating too much sushi, and writing until 2am.