After much consideration, my 2023 word of the year is “worthy.”
At first, “worthy” wasn’t on my short list of words. I had things like “balance” and “grace” and some other things I thought would be a good fit. But then my word of the year struck a chord, and “worthy” was the winner.
I Am Worthy Of Good Things
For some reason, deep down, I have a hard time seeing myself worthy of good things. It’s tough to accept compliments or praise. Even if it means taking a deep breath, it’s time for me to say “thank you” and believe in the good things that come my way.
I Am Worthy Of The Space I Hold In This World
As a taller, larger human being, my default is to take up as little space as I can. I always try to be small, to be diplomatic, to not make waves. But I am worthy of all those things. I deserve to stand tall, claim my space, and speak my mind. It’s a difficult habit to break, but this is the year I plan to try.
I Am Worthy Of Happiness
Another thing I find hard to accept is that I get to be happy. I don’t always have to compromise for others, and I am worthy of choosing things that bring me joy. Teamwork surely makes the dream work, but I also get to put myself first (without guilt) from time to time.
I Am Worthy Of Success
I often joke that I have finisher’s anxiety: I work super hard at something, and when I get to the end, I straight-up choke. No matter how well I am doing, or how much effort I’ve put in, I am scared of getting to the next level. I consider it a devastating case of imposter syndrome. But I am worthy of that success. I am worthy of seeing where those efforts take me. It’s time to let myself experience that.
I Am Worthy Of Grace
As I said earlier, “grace” was on the short list for my 2023 word of the year. However, I find it so much more fitting in this context. I confess to getting hung up in cycles of self-punishment. My kindness for myself is conditional, and I struggle to allow room for rest, downtime, or recharging. With that in mind, I am so worthy of those things, and I deserve to extend myself the grace I happily give others.
I am linking up with Kookyrunner and Zenaida this Tuesday for Tuesday Topics!
Do you have a 2023 word of the year? What is it?
Darlene S. Cardillo says
That is heavy. But a great word.
Based on what you post, you put your heart and soul into everything: work, family, friends, running.
You are definitely worthy of all good things.
Hope you have a great 2023.
You definitely are worthy of all the things you mentioned and more. I hope you remember that throughout this new year and all that follow.
This is such a good choice of word of the year. I hope that by the end of the year, you will be able to live and breathe that you are worthy!
I want the same thing.
Kimberly Hatting says
Yes, indeed, YOU are worthy of all good things. You spend a lot of time giving, giving, and giving, so go ahead and allow yourself to be on the receiving end once in awhile 😉 (I know, easier said than done…we’re all guilty of this). Hugs to you…
I’m so grateful for your words.<3
Kim G says
This is such an excellent word choice for the year! You are SO worthy of all good things.
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You are so worthy, Jenn. Please don’t sell yourself short!
I try not to but I do let myself get lost in the shuffle quite a bit.
Deborah Brooks says
This is a great choice. I look forward to seeing you believe and integrate that you are worthy of all the things you mentioned above.
So far, so good! I think!
As a fellow giver and insecure person, I like your word choice. Now you just have to believe it!!
That’s part of the challenge, of course!
Oh Jenn you are so worthy! This is such a great choice given all you noted above. Sending you hugs and cheering you on!
<3 Appreciate you so much!
Worthy is an important word — I hope choosing it helps you internalize your intrinsic worth and give yourself the grace you deserve.
I sometimes struggle with imposter syndrome, but then I realize everyone else is probably faking it too. 😉
It helps to think everyone else might be faking it, too, but I want to believe more in myself. We’ve got this!
What an excellent choice, Jenn! I am sure this word will be a great reminder throughout the year that you can stand tall and claim your space. I would print that last photo, frame it and put it next to my computer.
Zenaida Arroyo says
I love your word! You are worthy! You are beautiful, amazing, wonderful, and deserve all of the great things in life.
What a great choice. You’ve put a lot of thought into this, and “worthy” sounds perfect. I also struggle with imposter syndrome, so I’ll be interested to see how your year plays out. I hope it’s a year of happiness for you!
What a powerful post Jenn – you are worthy and I’m so glad you went with this word as all the other words from previous AND future years, will sit on this word. I struggle with imposter syndrome too and this is something I know I have to work on – so this resonated with me too.
PS: LOVE the photo shoot for this post too! Those pink tights are doing it for me!
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My 14 year old took the pics in exchange for breakfast from Starbucks. He does a great job when properly incentivized.