For The New Year, Do What We Do!


My family and I have a -not your average-tradition at this time of year, and that is to choose our WOTY. WOTY is Word of the Year. 

I do some serious reflection about my worries, dreams and desires, and come up with one single word that I want to represent the coming year. This word becomes my new guiding star. When I feel down or unmotivated, or need to make an important decision, I do a WOTY check and make sure I stay devoted to my chosen WOTY.  

This year I went further and added another word- BBW (Bye Bye Word). Yes I made that up :). This is a word that has impacted me in a negative way- one that I want to put to rest with 2022. 

My chosen BBW is “should”.  I should be a better parent. I should have more money in the bank. I should be happier. “Should” feels like shackles weighing me down and washing me with regret.  

As for my WOTY, I chose a word, well two.. that I read about in Brene Brown’s book, Dare to Lead, and it’s True Belonging. Brene explains True Belonging as, 

“…the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”

I invite you to join me in choosing your BBW and your WOTY. Trust me, they will ground you, align your goals, and catapult you to a more successful 2023. 

The rest of my family had amazing BBW and WOTY’s, and I am so proud of them for taking the time to work on them. 

From my home to yours, we wish you a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous, New Year.

Truly, Zeina

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