Happy New Year! 

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I’m not someone who does. Over the last few years, I’ve adopted creating a personal “word of the year” for myself, a theme word that can best describe where I am or where I want and need to be.

During the holidays, I like to reflect on the past year – both its challenges and the little moments that were worth celebrating. With all of the lessons and reflections of that year, I then like to choose one word that signifies my intentions for this new, fresh year ahead. As one simple word can be easier to focus your intentions, it can also  serve as your mantra when you fall off track or lose focus.

Here’s a look back at some of my words:

2014 – flourish
2015 – focus, be, leisure
2016 – nurture
2017 – manifest
2018 – clarify, courage, celebration
2019 – pivot
2020 – open
2021 – grounding
2022 –  grounding* though I didn’t write a word this year, the word grounding trickled into 2022

What is your word for 2023?

It’s difficult to distil a theme for the coming year into a single word. What word best sums up what you aspire to be, do, and accomplish? What is one word that you can use to describe the general theme of feeling you hope to have for 2023?  

Though I didn’t write a new word in 2022, my 2021 word “grounding” served well in 2022, and will continue to be one of those words I’ll always keep in my self-care toolbox. Grounding creates peace and calm, reminding us to live in the moment and practice gratitude. It connects us to our own bodies and souls, reminding us of our part in this vast universe. 

With grounding also comes stability and security, a welcoming feeling especially during these uncertain times. Staying grounded to nurture blessings is something I need to continue moving forward.

But I also feel there is a new word for 2023 that can best reflect how I’m feeling in the present moment.


enrich situation; give special attention

nurture, take care of


What is your word for 2023?


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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