Wanna Write about your 2008 Word-of-the-Year? - Christine Kane

Hello Blog Readers!

As we move into the last quarter of 2008, I want to make you an offer.

One of my most popular blog posts each year has been the post about choosing a word for your year, rather than doing resolutions.

Click here to read that post.

In fact, everywhere I go, I am approached by readers of this blog who tell me about how much that one post changed their year. It’s so much fun to hear the stories!

So here’s an idea…

Did you choose a Word-of-the-Year for 2008?

Did it have any significance for you this year?

Did it shape or change you in any way at all?

And would you like to write about it on this blog?



I’m inviting anyone who chose a word for their year to write about that word, and about their year on this blog.

I’ve never done anything like this before — but I’d SO love to read about other people’s experiences with choosing their word and then living it throughout the year.

If you’d be interested in being a Guest Blogger on this blog, I’ll be running these posts about the Word-of-the-Year in December – right before New Years. You have LOTS of time to think about it and write about it!

So, here’s what to do:

If you’d like to write something, please click here to go to my contact page.

Drop a note indicating that you’d like to write a post. (Select “Other” as your subject of inquiry.)

I’ll be asking people to turn these in by December 1.  You have lots of time to notice if/how you’ve changed!

I look forward to hearing from you.  Post any questions below!

  • Jennifer Kepesh

    I did not choose a word; a word chose me. The word is “grace.” I have been living with the gift of learning, It’s _all_ grace. Letting this knowledge seep in deeper and deeper has changed my perspective on the past and helps me deal with current struggles and disappointments. I don’t believe that it was all “meant” to be. I just think that I am meant to appreciate it all.

  • Pat K.

    This is more about my next year’s word than this year. Here Goes.

    For 20 years I have been caught up in a long-term relationship (marriage) hell and I am more confused than ever, even though I am striving to understand, clear the fog, and uncover (like an archaeologist on a large dig) what it is that keeps me/us stumbling backwards all the time. I am getting closer to the answer. But the more personal and spiritual growth I attain, the more the upsets occur. I am always making improvements, yet never able to please my husband or make the situation better. 🙁

    Sooooooooo…I have chosen my words for next year as “presence” and “Bodhisattva” (Google it or check out Pema Chodron’s book “The places that scare you, a guide to fearlessness in difficult times.”)

    I will practice being present in every moment, on a daily basis, not getting caught up in the content of any situation, as a Bodhisattva warrior– with calm detachment, visiting the scary emotional places, and be able to let my ‘story line’ go, and abide with the energy without acting on it. Making that scary place a place where I can be familiar with and comfortable with. Not clinging to familiar and comforting habits that take me away from facing those places that scare me. Wanting to expand and not be scared of the process. I’m starting today. 🙂

  • stephanie

    You inspired me to choose a word, and since tonight is the Jewish New Year, I don’t even have to wait until January! Is it coincidence that just as I was looking for a meaningful way to mark the occasion, I read this post? I wrote down a bunch of words that appeal to me, but the one that floats to the top is “creativity”. I’m so excited to have this guiding word … it’s sorely needed. I read in someone’s comment that a friend gave her a stained glass window of her word. I’m inspired to break out the big box of crayons and draw a beautiful version of my word to hang up in my home as a reminder.

  • Christine Kane

    That’s fine thodarumm — it still arrived! My assistant has them all rounded up – so you’ll get an email this week!

  • thodarumm

    Sorry Christine. I contacted you through “the personal note” pull-down as oppsed to “Other”.

  • Christine Kane

    Oh – and thanks for the note about “I am the Moon!”

  • Christine Kane

    On Monday or Tuesday, I’ll be writing to everyone who sent me a note!

  • thodarumm


    I chose “celebrate”. I wrote a small snippet at some other webspace. I would love to package it up and send it to you. I contacted you through your webpage also.

    I loved loved listening to “I am the moon ” version 4 🙂

  • Christine Kane

    It’s fine to have repeats, Jannie!

  • Jannie

    Whooops, that other lady has Abundance too, it that alright?


  • Christine Kane

    stacey – the contact page is working. I had my assistant check it out. you’ll be hearing from me soon!

    Thanks Kathy — why not write a post about this ???

  • Kathy

    My word of the year was “abundance.” It was particularly poignant for us this year as we embarked on a very expensive renovation to our home – at the same time that the housing market did a dive. Focusing on the abundance helped me over the rough times of liquidating most of our savings to pay for the renovations. It has been scary at times – especially when the loan we applied for didn’t work out. The day the bad news on the loan came in 0% interest credit card offers magically appeared. Abundance is ours, we have found a way to complete our renovations and the house now represent our wealth. We deserve to live in the wonderful place that is almost finished. We will find a way to pay off the credit card debt we have incurred after the loan fell through – or get another loan via a refinance. I have no doubt it will all work out and abundance will be my word for the foreseeable future!

  • Stacey

    I love this idea! I submitted at your contact page. I pressed send and then the page when blank. Did it get through? Also, your “stop a recession” post gave me a lot to think about related to our gas shortage in Asheville. For me, it led to a wonderful epiphany: I *want* to choose sustainability over convenience. And I wrote in my blog about how I am doing that. Check it out! http://www.myfriendoprah.blogspot.com