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Your Word Or Theme For 2011

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Around this time of year, many life coaches and bloggers talk about creating one word to encapsulate the following year.

Your intention for the New Year. Your theme.

For instance, I interviewed business coach Nona Jordan for an article on setting resolutions. Her 2010 theme was: “Lean In,” which she discussed in this blog post.

To her, lean in signified, “leaning into the good, the uncomfortable, and the scary. Revealing and being more authentically who I am meant to be in the world.”

Author Gretchen Rubin’s word for next year is “bigger.”

All this intention-setting got me thinking about my own one word or theme.

Recently, I received a book called Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food and Healing in Italy (stayed tuned for the review and interview with the author sometime in 2011).

And as I was thinking about my word while at my desk, with this book to my right, it popped into my head.

I had my word:


I used Christine Kane’s one-word tool to help me better understand what this word meant to me. (You can download the tool for free here, and I highly recommend it!)

Feast, to me, means breathing in the moments. Feasting on life.

I know I talk endlessly about that on this blog, but I’ve always been a shallow breather, both literally and figuratively.

I could never just be in the moment.

My brain would be buzzing, and I’d be planning the next day and then the day after. (I still do this; I’m working on it.)

I just didn’t take deep breaths.

I also could never appreciate my body.

Instead of feasting, I starved my life.

My boring plate – you know the deal, steamed veggies with boneless, skinless chicken, seasoning: salt and pepper – reflected my colorless life and view of myself.

I had no concept of nourishing myself through food, my relationships and my surroundings.

So feast, to me, also means the literal: nourishing myself with wholesome foods, eating when I’m hungry, stopping when I’m full and genuinely enjoying goodies. A completely foreign concept years ago.

Feast is doing things that feel right, both professionally and personally.

Following my heart.

Not obsessing about my shortcomings, body-wise or entire self-wise.

Feast is a celebration. It’s loving my body and loving myself as a whole (which has become the tougher part as I move to a more positive body image).

It’s moving my body because it feels fantastic.

It’s focusing on creativity and trying out my new fancy pants camera every chance I get so I can start seeing the beauty in everything (yes, everything).

It’s reading books for pleasure and starting a personal blog that’s been on the back-burner for too long.

It’s writing to just write.

Feast is wonder. Feast is having fun for fun’s sake and being in that moment that I always talk about.

Feast is that image above of the little boy, able to have a silly time, surrounded by grass and flowers.

What is your one word for the New Year? What will you feast on in 2011? How will you nourish yourself?

Your Word Or Theme For 2011

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2019). Your Word Or Theme For 2011. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 1, 2020, from


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