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Grow: 2021 word of the year

Starting 2021 with a new word – grow.

I started choosing a word of the year in 2019. I was skeptical at first, but it has actually made a big impact. Therefore, I know that I need to continue with this. For 2019 I chose the word, authentic. I was feeling lost and that I had been living life for other people, rather than my true self. Therefore, I needed a word that would remind me to work out who I am and then just simply be myself. 

In 2020 I chose the word, embrace. I wanted to embrace any opportunities that presented to me and not let any confidence issues or fears get in my way. Of course, no one could have predicted what 2020 would be like, but I still think that the word served me well. 

I embraced myself, joining in with self-love challenges on Instagram. This included issues with my size by wearing shorts for the first time ever in the UK since childhood. I embraced turning 40 and saw it as a celebration rather than a bad thing and I made the most of the opportunities that came my way, such as speaking on BBC Radio Suffolk.  

Why I chose grow

I have chosen the word grow, as there are a lot of areas in my life that I would like to increase this year. In myself, I would like to grow my friend list, my health, and continue to grow my confidence. For my work, I would like to grow my blog by increasing page views and DA. I would also like to grow in popularity on my social channels, gaining more followers. This in turn would help my bank balance to grow out of the negative! 

I mentioned in my last post that I have found my spirituality, so I would also like to grow this area of my life too. This will be more manageable once COVID restrictions ease! Another area of my life is my marriage. In long term relationships, there are highs and lows. The key to maintaining a good relationship is being able to recognise when work needs to be done to keep it on track, so I would like our relationship to grow in order to keep things in a good place. 

4 images surrounding a plant growing in soil in a hand. Image one: Five pound note and coins. Image two: Legs running along a road. Image three: Myself and my husband in each others arms. Image four: Stonehenge
Areas of my life I would like to grow

I think I have a lot of work ahead of me this year! I am hoping that keeping the word grow in the back of my mind will help me to keep pushing forward throughout the year. 

Do you have a word for the year ahead? I would love to hear what it is. 

This post is part of Twinkl’s New Year Campaign, and is featured in their 20+ New Year’s Resolutions For Families post.

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