2023 Word of the Year: Sagacious

For the last twelve years, I’ve spent late-December pondering the successes and lessons of the past year, along with what my hopes are for the year to come. It has always been a powerful and grounding exercise, whether the year has been incredible or a nightmare. A word can’t be “broken” in the way that resolutions can. Thus, I would love to share some of my experience, as well as guidance and resources to help you identify whether choosing an annual theme might be right for you.

So, what is a Word of the Year? I view it as a theme and intention for the year to come, a robust hope that allows for more flexibility than the rigid goals we associate the new year. The word is meant to be encouraging, inspiring, and empowering. When you’re having a particularly rough day or failing to acknowledging a small win, the word can serve as a guidepost. Feeling lost? What was your word for the year, and how can you invite a little bit of that dream into the present moment?

So, how do you choose a word? Some years, the obvious answer jumps out at you while other times you might ask yourself some questions to discover what you most need. The exercise, at least for me, offers permission to reflect inward and recognize what I want, what I need, and where I currently feel unfulfilled. If you aren’t sure where to begin, I would highly recommend Susannah Conway’s free five-day Find Your Word program (along with her free Unravel the Year workbook) or simply searching the internet for “word of the year,” where you will find dozens of suggestions.

Based on my theme, I often set tangible goals and then work backwards to set up systems. For example, if my word was RADIANT, I might define what that looks like for me: youthful, confident, and loved. Then I ask what habits over the next 365 days may help me achieve that: research and implement a daily skincare routine, attend a monthly Toastmaster’s meeting, and schedule weekly dates with my partner. Those seemingly small routines can add up to something great when done consistently.

I would like to share my Word of the Year for 2023, as well as examples from past years to, just maybe, inspire you to set an intention that will prime 2023 to be a great year for you. Whatever you need now–whether that be rest, personal growth, or a sense of abundance–I hope that 2023 provides!

Words of the Year

My intention for 2023 is SAGACIOUS. It’s defined as having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness. It’s one of the tools I have been gifted with, dulled by chronic illness, that I wish to sharpen in the coming year. In 2023, my partner and I will need to remediate and sell our home, find new housing, determine how to structure a mortgage without jeopardizing his SSDI, and find the funds to furnish a new home. My partner will be starting naturopathic medical school, so we’ll need to build a new routine around a shared vehicle, packed lunches, and balancing his studies with quality time together. We hope to begin making preparations to start a family in a few years, which will require much planning and foresight. In 2023, I hope for the wisdom, insight, discernment, and prudence to begin laying a sound foundation for the future.

In 2022, my theme was CREATIVITY. With improving health, increased energy, and a sense of satisfaction in my career, I had hoped to delve back into my creative life. My plan was to delicate to my pens, pans, and needle, and to follow-through to completion. Over 90% of the year was spent outside our home due to mold and the ensuing legal battle, so I lacked access to my cooking and crafting supplies. However, I did spend a bit of time here blogging.

In 2021, my theme was CLARITY. After years of battling a mysterious ailment, I was beginning to feel functional again and craved some guidance to reestablish myself. My intention guided me towards the root cause of my illness–chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) due to mold in the walls; clarity led me to a new job with increased responsibility and room for advancement; and an open mind offered a clear vision of what I want for my future. It was a year filled with thoughtful questions and deep answers.

In 2020, my theme was REPLENISH. My intention was to focus on health, nourishment and stress-reduction. After years of feeling ill and pushing myself to perform, I finally accepted my body’s current capabilities and committed to refilling an empty tank. It was a year of rest, relaxation and relearning how to listen to my body and trust my soul. It was a slow year in terms of accomplishments, but I am okay with that because my goal was simplypl to allow space for healing. Within that context, I feel that I was true to the theme.

In 2019, my word of the year was PROSPERITY. I moved through the year with a sense of enough, despite taking a lower paying job (for reduced stress) and several unexpected home expenses, such as flooding, mold, and dead appliances. A belief that I was in a good place financially gave me permission to take a much-needed two-week vacation, invest in high quality kitchenware, and spend money on medical specialists and supplements that improved my health. I felt abundance in my relationships, and my retirement funds grew.

In 2018, I strove to feel FREE. At the start of the year, I felt suffocated by a toxic job and the charade of pretending I had enough energy to be everything to everyone. I wanted to be released of the many chains I wore. While the feeling at the end of the year was one of helplessness, loss, and defeat, my word helped guide me through quitting a stressful job, ditching unhelpful doctors, and–in retrospect–clearing space for a brighter future. I opened up space for something new.

In 2017, my aim was for ENGAGEMENT. After eighteen months of struggling with an ever-dwindling energy supply, I longed to feel like an active participant in my own life without struggling to keep up. I was aggressive with my goals, sacrificing sleep in pursuit of career advancement, friendship, and the appearance of good health. It was an outwardly successful year, but I had been burning the candle at both ends and was paying for it by the end of the year.

Between 2011 and 2016, I was too cheap to print out a 60-page workbook, so the words of years past are trapped in old journals, packed like sardines in a large box on a high shelf that I won’t even attempt to scale. The words of years passed shall remain a mystery to all. Sorry, folks.

What about you?

Have you ever set goals or intentions for the new year? Do you have any big hopes or dreams for the year to come?

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    1. I love it! The goal here is also ultimately self-sufficiency and independence from the system. Practical skills, monetized hobbies and, eventually, fertile land and a family. It’s a long, but worthy, road.

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      1. There are statistics for it, but they say a revolution only needs 15-20% of a population to work. Just think of how different Merica would be if 15% of America’s Urbanites did Ramsey’s Snowball? Or if another 20% of her Ruralites did some form of gradual subsistence? Those two prongs alone could stick a fork in ZOG’s (whatever’s) butt.

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      2. Yes, my boyfriend and I talk about this often. I always start off hopeful, but he reminds me to look around. A majority of people are in debt, millions more are living paycheck-to-paycheck, millions more are dependent on federal and state government for sustenance, many are anxious/depressed/confused (read: unmotivated), most spend their free time watching propaganda and other peoples’ lives (read: distracted at best, brainwashed at worst). Few are willing to revolt, or even speak up outside their inner circle. We have friends/acquaintances in the III%ers–former militarily, public servants, good people–but I can’t see any of them, even those arrested on Jan 6th, doing more than showing up to a rally with an American flag. Once AI fully sets in and currently policies are programmed in, they may be no turning back. However, in our most recent discussion, we talked about Gen Z (~ age 10-27) seems less tolerant of the bullshit (politics, dating, cost of living, etc,). If they gain influence in their respective sectors, they may be able to help alter the course of history towards limited federal government and more personal empowerment by coding such things into the whatever system. It’s a long shot–we’re still aiming for a “cabin in the woods, away from humanity” situation–but it gives me hope to see *some* of the youngsters may recognize that we’re on the wrong path.

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      3. Those are all great points. I should clarify, when I say revolution here I don’t always mean in the way of Fife & Drum. Rather what I mean is a death by a thousand papercuts.

        At any one given time there are operating multiple spheres of Dissident activity. The definition grows bigger every day. By the Gubmint’s own admission, no less. With that said, each fractious grouping becomes another drain on Intelligence resources. When such groupings reach a critical mass, which in some cases can be as small as 100 members, it draws attention and eventual observation. If necessary, cooperation. Informants, plants, etc.

        If you think of it. How far have most Dissident groups come? Whether the ANP, or the BP, the NA or your III Percenters… (other than we can’t really know due to inherent media bias.) But groups like the Black Panthers were allowed to operate until they gained a certain traction, then the destabilising. Same with George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party.

        But that’s macro politics. There have been murmurs about monitoring backyard gardens. Requisitioning homegrown food and mandating registration in some places. This would indicate a preemptive strike against food sovereignty. A strike ZOG would not make if the potential of the citizenry to gain independence statistically approached zero.

        So while the big picture sucks, and I’ll not begrudge you that, I think there are cracks in the oil paint and tears in the canvas. There’s light coming through.

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      4. This is a really insightful perspective. We have friends in the III Percenters, liberty groups, and Ancap groups and while, from the outside, it seems like they’re all talk and no action, maybe mere conversation is enough… for now. I’ve made it my mini-mission to inform everyone I meet of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act. Perhaps, if people knew their government was allowed to propagandize them, they would view everything through a lens of skepticism. If a small percentage of the population were committed to sharing knowledge and encouraging critical thinking, that could lead to a death by a thousand papercuts. I think that you’re right–there’s a bit of light coming through, and we just need to keep at it.

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  1. I may be a bit too cynical for words of the year, as I tend to believe 2020-23 were actually one incredibly long, tedious year. A positive spin would be to call the Superyear “Cathartic.” In that me and my cast right wing conspiracies don’t seem so crazy to anyone I know, now.

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    1. I can’t argue with that at all. The years really have bled together. Last year (or maybe the year before?), my in-laws bragged to their friends that they knew about Epstein’s island for year; my partner called them out for calling him crazy until they heard it from Tucker. Many people have opened their eyes, many have revealed their true character (for better or for worse), and it has become clear who is just too far gone to see past the veil.

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  2. Ah, Erin. How lovely of you to share with a ‘look back’. I love your word of the year intention and your posts on the topic. And I think I owe you a vocabulary-related thank you! I believe I’d heard the word ‘sagacious’ before, but not with the full description/definition you provided. Discernment, sound judgment, farsightedness? Those are qualities I could use more of – always! Thank you — and Happy Holidays, my friend! ❤

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  3. I love the word sagacious, and how you describe it. I wish to apply more of that in certain areas of my life in need to make changes! Love this idea!

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    1. It’s really helped me over the years. In a past life, I set dozens of big goals each year. When chronic illness set in, that let to constant disappointment. A guiding theme really seems to be a more effective tactic for those seeking self-improvement while also being patient and gentle with themselves. ❤

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      1. I stopped making resolutions years ago, terrible for the mental health! I had focused on goals instead for the New Year, writing an end of year list of accomplishments, and then pulling my next year’s list of goals from that. Now I just focus on gentler things for continued growth and learning.

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