2020: Year of Clarity – 2021: Year of _____?

Since beginning this blog in late 2017, I have chosen a word to focus on for the following year.

2018: Year of Nurture

2019: Year of Water

2020: Year of Clarity

I try to keep things simple – or rather, easy to understand – and to the point.

2020 seemed like a no-brainer, given that “20/20” equals “clarity” in the ophthalmology world. But, in the interest of honesty, the word was originally to be “Vision” because a friend was using “Clarity” as her word for the year. I didn’t want to be a copycat! In the end, clarity was the only word that made sense… so *meow*.

Also of note, I’m obviously not the only one who chooses a word of the year. How predictable I am. Boring. *sigh*

Still, I’ve liked it… this picking of a word and keeping it top of mind throughout the months.

“Nurture” wasn’t too bad but I was still learning.

“Water” in 2019 was the most oft-mentioned and life-changing.

“Clarity” was a GREAT word but I’m still trying to find the answers to some questions I require(d) clarity on. <<< More on that in another post, perhaps.

This year, I’m doing something a little different. The word I’m choosing suggests I’ve got some work to do and it is specific to something deep within.

2021: Year of Rebuilding.

It might interest you to know that I originally chose the word “Liberation”. I certainly feel like a slave to all sorts of things… from food to my feelings to the feelings and actions of others.


All those “masters” are because of something else… something deeper. It’s about my confidence and self-esteem.

I know. I know. Vomit. Right?

How is it that I, in my early 60s, have yet to embrace myself… or rather, my self-esteem? Me. The Self-Help Whisperer® with that little R for Registered Trademark. As if I’m somebody. I pay for that privilege…

Thank you Government of Canada for acknowledging my expertise and prowess. Ha!!


I don’t want to call anyone out but someone I care about made a rather innocuous statement about my lack of confidence…. though… it should have been no surprise. I have struggled with my self-worth and esteem for… uh… as long as I can remember.

That statement turned into a profound realization that has become a bit of an anvil on my shoulder.

Crap! I just wrote that sentence stream-of-consciousness and look what I wrote about my shoulder! Remember I just wrote about the subject HERE. <<< (Your Body Believes Every Word You Say)

Did I tell you I’m getting a cortisone shot in my shoulder mid-month? Because I’m barely able to sleep at night. No pain during the day. Only when I lie down. That probably also means something profound but I’m too tired to go there at the moment. Ahhhhhhh! Being an over-thinker can be so over-whelming!

Let’s face it! If I can’t discuss all this stuff here, on my very own blog about self-help, where can I?

I will let you know up front… it’s gonna get awkward, uncomfortable, messy and at times, ugly.

I suspect the bulk of the work will occur on the foundation. We all know that’s the most important part. Even the Bible talks about that:

Matthew 7:24-27
New Living Translation

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

And so, my work begins anew. From the bottom up.

If you’ll be focusing on one word this year… feel free to share it here. Let’s support each other!

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