It's been difficult for me to pick one for this year. I know that in May, when the baby comes, my life will be completely different in ways that I can't yet imagine. And I have a tendency towards being very hard on myself when I don't meet my perfectionist standards, so I'm trying not to box myself into expectations about my parenting or mamahood before I even get there. I realized, as I was fighting to keep my word and my year open, that I'd actually found my word: Opening. Actually, this year, I decided it felt best as a phrase, so it's Opening to the Flow.
It feels absolutely perfect. Not just open, like I'm already there and just need to stay, but opening because it's a continuous, ongoing process of growth and acceptance. Opening to the flow of love, opening to the flow of abundance, opening to the flow of birth, opening to the flow of creativity, opening to the flow of motherhood, opening to the flow of life. Allowing the goodness to flow in and opening to my own continuous growth. I feel the spaciousness, the delicious gift of accepting my year as it presents itself and opening to the flow of each moment.
While thinking of this phrase for my year, I was reminded of this song, Sweet Surrender by Flight of the Hawk (below), that I use for most of my rituals and is part of my birth playlist. It's obviously going to be my theme song for this year. I didn't have a theme song last year, but I love the idea of adding that musical component!