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.

It’s easy to write one word down — keep it in your phone and remind yourself when you’re feeling lost during the inevitable lows of life.

I also love the idea of just choosing one word. It forces us to be purposeful in our choice and our actions.

When I began to think about what my 2023 word would be, my mind went in a million directions.

I thought acceptance would be my word. Or reclaim. Or uplift. Or manifest. Or focus. Or curious. The list goes on.

But half the power that comes from this exercise is digging deep to figure out what you really want to bring into this year.

What is your number one word that you want to embrace this year?

What do you want to feel above all else?

What energy do you want to embody?

What did you miss in 2022 that you want to bring forth in 2023?

Lauren Sullivan

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