By associating value with all the things that are important to me.

We have all been there at the beginning of a new year. The lure of finding your word of the year. For me, it was thinking about how my word helps me recognize value.

For some people it is easy to know what their word will be. Yet, there are those that keep pondering what word they want to use.

I chose the word time. It was one of those epiphanies that came together for me. I imagined a clock, an hourglass and myself all in one big room.

Those things intersected with one another. It was one of those moments where I felt that I had infinite wisdom. Others call that the light bulb moment.

I saw my life before me and I started to recognize where I had valuable pieces. My family, my friendships, my writing life, career and goals.

A four-letter word is empowering

The idea that I could oversee how I spent my time brought me empowerment. Not a dread of what I didn’t want to do. It was coming to the realization that my word of the year had a lot more power to it.

Time would be a factor that I couldn’t ignore daily. Instead of whining about time that I didn’t have I’d get to enjoy time that has always been there. It is about creating experiences that mean something.

For example, spending time with my family means being all in. Listening intently on what my loved ones must share. Not waiting for a different day to do something with them. Being the last minute catch a plane type of gal in order to visit loved ones.

There is beauty in doing those things when you allow yourself to. It’s moving excuses to the nearest trash can and saying goodbye. Ditching the distractions once and for all.

Having structure is good but having some wiggle room to do fun things in between is great. Being spontaneous can be good for you. So many times we put off what we can do today for a day that never comes around.

Take inventory of your time

I noticed that it is up to me to manifest what I desire in these areas of my life. Have you ever thought about how you spend your time? It is helpful to take inventory of where your time is wasted. I’m in no ways perfect, but definitely more mindful.

Those wasted moments are enough for me to be intentional about the things that I value. If you’re not careful you can get sucked into a funnel of missed time. Moments where you could have done meaningful things.

That could mean self-care time, going out with a friend along with working on your dream or goals. These things all take up a spot on your calendar. Those are your minutes to spend how you please.

My time has not changed in the number of hours and minutes that I have with each day. I’m like any other person with the same 24 hours. Each passing year is a reminder of that sand passing through the hourglass.

That is enough to be thankful that my word of the year is time. So whatever word that you have chosen make it count. Only then will you see the true value that it holds.