100 Word of the Year Ideas to Spark Your Self-Love Path


I love the practice of picking a word each year and choosing it as a guidepost for the year. I learned about the practice from Ali Edwards and her One Little Word project and my one word of the year has felt like such a guidepost for the personal body image healing I’ve been doing these past few years. Words like Thrive, ConfidenceWorthiness, Trust and Beloved.

I confess I’m not sure what my word (or phrase) is yet for the coming year. Sometimes I find it takes digging into the year a bit for it to be clear. I have inklings though, a yearning to have this year be more about settling into the new normal of being more at peace with my body, savouring life more. I suppose I’m craving a more gentle word this year after all these earth-shaking, change-making words.  It also feels important to me that in some way the word is in alignment with this path of Being our Own Beloved. So I thought I’d make this list to spark ideas and share it with you too in case it will be helpful in choosing your word of the year!

  1. Beloved
  2. Love
  3. Compassion
  4. Kindness
  5. Body Love
  6. Confidence
  7. Worthiness
  8. Enough
  9. Embody
  10. Be Yourself
  11. Uniquely You
  12. Radical Self-Love
  13. Set Free
  14. Embrace
  15. Making Peace
  16. Valuable/Valued
  17. Thrive
  18. Belief
  19. Sacred
  20. Cherished
  21. Treasured
  22. Awareness
  23. Exquisite
  24. Loving
  25. Reclaim
  26. Body Peace
  27. Well Fed (inspired by Rachel Cole’s work)!
  28. Emerge
  29. Wholehearted
  30. Sweetness
  31. Appreciate
  32. Passion
  33. Shine
  34. Self-Acceptance
  35. Claiming Space
  36. Devoted
  37. Enchanting
  38. Adore
  39. Care
  40. Cultivate
  41. Reverence
  42. Nourish
  43. Support
  44. Nurture
  45. Radiance
  46. Open up
  47. Live/Alive
  48. Whole
  49. New Perspective
  50. Home
  51. Heal
  52. Acceptance
  53. Ease
  54. Wholeness
  55. Letting Go
  56. Possibility
  57. Reconnect
  58. Savour
  59. Listen
  60. Authentic Self
  61. Flourish
  62. Full
  63. Revolution
  64. Yes
  65. Discover
  66. Embrace
  67. Heroine
  68. Voice
  69. Intuition
  70. Journey
  71. Hope
  72. Celebrate
  73. Change
  74. Unique
  75. Appreciate
  76. Seen
  77. See with New Eyes
  78. Permission
  79. Tell Your Story
  80. Visible
  81. Recognition
  82. Movement
  83. Neutrality
  84. Heart
  85. Loveable
  86. Forgive
  87. Unconditional
  88. Spark
  89. Magnificence
  90. Precious
  91. Luminosity
  92. Grow
  93. As You Are
  94. Right Here, Right Now
  95. Empowered Vulnerability
  96. Radical Self Care
  97. Inherent Worth
  98. Open to Possibility
  99. Celebrate
  100. Choose Love

Have you already found your word of the year? Or are any of these jumping out at you as potential candidates for your word of the year? And how do you keep your word in the forefront during the year? I’d love to hear in the comments!

If you’re wanting to invite more self-love into your year, especially in terms of how we see ourselves in photos, come join me for the upcoming session of Be Your Own Beloved starting February 1st or the Body Acceptance Selfie Series coming back this year (join this list to be the first to know when it returns or check out last years series here)! Or if selfies aren’t your thing, join me in January to exploring using Vision Boards as a body acceptance tool in the new Re-Envision E-Course!


  • Susan WallsJanuary 2, 2015 - 10:36 am

    Thanks for this! I too am struggling to find a word. The last couple of years the word totally found me so its difficult it doesnt want to surface this year.
    Love seeing what youre doing and watching you grow. Havent taken your courese but know youre inspiring all of us to prctice loving ourselves a little bit more everyday. Hope you have a fabulous 2015!ReplyCancel

    • vivienneJanuary 2, 2015 - 11:31 am

      Some of them do jump out at us don’t they…and others we really need to listen in for. Hoping you have a fabulous 2015 too lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara StoreyJanuary 2, 2015 - 11:16 am

    Great suggestions!! My word for 2015 is purpose – I am prepared to seek and embrace mine more fully!!ReplyCancel

    • vivienneJanuary 2, 2015 - 11:31 am

      LOVE that Barbara! Such a good word and I can’t wait to see what is in store for you my friend!ReplyCancel

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  • Alanna JaneJanuary 4, 2015 - 1:08 am

    thank you for this, Viv! You are amazing (as always), as is this beautiful list of personal word suggestions for 2015.

    I have been hovering over “CREATE” for both creating the life I really want to be living right now in this moment, as well as the re-creation of my artisan wares and business (after so many medical reasons why not). Reading this list has me contemplating “THRIVE” as well. Hmmm. I am certain that my word will make itself clear in the next week as I complete Susannah Conway’s yearly new year journaling workbook.

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  • KathrynJanuary 5, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    Love the list! I’ve been having trouble coming up with one word that does it for me. I’ve got three right now and I’m kind of waiting for one to come to the forefront.

    One thing I did do that helps me remember them is I used a graphics program on my iPhone (InstaQuote is what I used, but there are dozens out there) and wrote out my words and then used the image as my lock screen on my phone. I can’t switch my phone on without seeing it (and I look at my phone a heck of a lot).

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