The Word of the Year. {reverb13}

Via Michelle Margaret Fajkus
on Dec 1, 2013
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Your Words, Now....

Welcome to December. Welcome to day one of reverb13.

Reverb is a  personal and communal writing practice that provides a means to reflect on the year that has passed and set intentions for the coming year.

For the next two weeks—from December 1 to 14—I’ll post a daily writing prompt here on elephant journal. Wanna play? The challenge is to participate every day. Get more details on how to join in at the bottom of this post.

Here is today’s prompt:

Encapsulate your 2013 in one word. Why that word? What would you like your word to be for 2014? Why?

My word for 2013 is newness.

A ton of new things happened to me, and it required me to maintain beginner’s mind as much as I could. It was a challenging and rewarding, joyful and exhausting year.

For next year, I’ve decided on flourish. I’ve decided to flourish.

Flourish is both a verb (thrive; prosper) and a noun: something that is added as a detail or decoration; a dramatic or fancy way of doing something; a sudden smooth movement that is likely to be noticed. (Read the rest of my personal response.)

How to Reverb

You are invited to participate, as privately or publicly as you wish, as frequently as you wish, in as few or as many words as you wish.

Keeping your writing in a private journal is one route. Or, if you want to share what you’ve written, add a comment below. If you’re into hashtags, it’s #reverb13.

It’s been an amazing year and I’m looking forward to looking back!


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About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret is a Gemini yogini, writer, teacher and retreat leader who founded Yoga Freedom in 2002 in Austin, Texas. Her home since 2012 is Lake Atitlán, Guatemala where she lives in a tiny eco cabin with her Colombiano partner and their adorable daughter, dog and two gatos. Michelle has been writing this column for elephant journal since 2010 and has written some inspiring books, with more on the way. She leads yoga and mindfulness retreats and serves as the retreat managers for the stunningly beautiful Villa Sumaya on majestic Lago Atitlan. Her lineage is the very esoteric Yoga Schmoga, which incorporates hatha yoga asana, dharma (Buddhist) teachings, pranayama (breath work), yin yoga, mindfulness practices and meditation. Join Michelle on retreat in Guatemala!


54 Responses to “The Word of the Year. {reverb13}”

  1. Paula65 says:

    The word for 2013 is reawakening. For a long time, after the death of my mother and finally getting a divorce from someone who literally and figuratively made me physically, mentally and emotionally sick, I feel like the person I was before I got married. I have this joie de vivre again and I'm happier than I've ever been. The word for 2014 will be transformation. I plan to make some changes and evolve into the butterfly I know I am.

  2. Kelly says:

    2013 word – Impermanence – Everything in my life shifted this year. Joy turned into sadness, Death of friends and birth of new family, love into loss, and my view on life has drastically shifted. I can say I have felt this year. I have experienced every emotion fully.

  3. andrea says:

    thanks for putting together a fun game! 🙂

  4. Anna says:

    How do I sign up for this?!