Word of The Year 2020 + 50 Options For Yours

Having a word of the year for 2020 is a great way to reflect and set intentions for a new year. Here are 50 word of the year ideas for 2020. 

My friend Autumn introduced me to the "word of the year" a a while back, and it's something that I started implementing in 2019. Last year the word I focused on was "brave". It started when I was running mile repeats in my old neighborhood, and I wanted each successive mile to be faster than the last. I would tell myself to be brave, when typically I'd be too afraid to lean into the pain and quit. I later came to learn though how much I would need to be brave in other aspects of my life too, which are too personal to share, even on this blog where I seem to over share everything. 2019 though really forced me to stretch myself and unapologetically show up for myself in ways I'd never done before. 

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2019 was the year where I really started to know who I was as a person, and what I want from relationships, and so many other areas in my life. In 2020 I want to take what I learned in 2019, and go even deeper. This is why I've chosen my word of the year to be, dig. I want to dig deeper into my blog. I want to dig deeper into my family and have more meaningful relationships with each of my kids. I want to dig deeper into my friendships, and make more time to prioritize them in my life. I want to dig deep in my workouts and in my running and see if I can walk away from 2020 with some new personal bests in any distance. 

I want to look back at 2020 and know that I took risks. I love the quote, "Nothing grows in a comfort zone." I know I have more potential than what I've reached in basically every area of my life, and I want to dig into the things I know I need to change, in order to see the growth I know I want to achieve. 

And if you're looking for your own word of the year, I've got you covered right here. 

50+ Word of the Year 2020:

  • Adapt
  • Allow
  • Align
  • Be
  • Believe
  • Belong
  • Bold
  • Bloom
  • Brave
  • Breathe
  • Change
  • Commit
  • Connect
  • Courage
  • Dream
  • Do
  • Enjoy
  • Enough
  • Explore
  • Flourish
  • Focus
  • Free
  • Give
  • Grow
  • Heal
  • Intend
  • Lead
  • Learn
  • Love
  • Move
  • Now
  • Open
  • Pause
  • Peace
  • Prosper
  • Reach
  • Release
  • Renew
  • Rest
  • Rise
  • Seek
  • Shift
  • Simplify
  • Shift
  • Strive
  • Thrive
  • Trust
  • Wonder
  • Work
  • Yes
Do you adopt a word of the year? I'd love to know what words you've used in the past, or what you're planning on using in 2020.

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  1. I've never picked a word of the year, but maybe I should start???? Love the suggestions!

  2. My word for 2020 is EMBRACE. I hope to EMBRACE this sweet season of life we are in and relax a little bit! I hope to EMBRACE the imperfections for the blessings they can be rather than fester over how I think they need to be fixed. I hope to EMBRACE my loved ones more often. I hope to EMBRACE the person I am to help build up my confidence. I hope to EMBRACE my heart when Ive done wrong and learn to forgive myself. I hope to EMBRACE motherhood fully so that I can be what my kids need me to be. I am ready to EMBRACE all the 2020 has to offer. Happy New Year! 🎊

  3. So 8 years ago I choose the word Happy for my word of the year. And it was a rough year. But choosing the word Happy helped me to get thru some tough stuff (sudden death of a sibling) and remember what my attitude should be.

  4. I'm glad you opened up while you were going through that tough stuff with me, but sorry you had to do it. Brave was an excellent word! I'm excited to see you dig deep this year!

  5. I did this in 2012 with the word nourish. I'm revisiting that word again this year. I want to nourish my body better, nourish my relationships with my loved ones better, nourish my relationship with Heavenly Father more, and nourish my talents. Happy New Year!