Every January, YLF forum member and friend Laura and I choose a word and colour to help us set our priorities for the year. Laura has been doing this for years with great success. This is the fourth year I’m adopting the tradition, which I’ve found enjoyable and motivating. I love the simplicity of having a single word to keep top of mind, and the discipline of a specific colour that I’ve prioritized. Sometimes the colour is powerful and symbolizes what I am feeling in my heart. Sometimes I’m simply into the colour and want more of it represented in my life. The process keeps me somewhat accountable to small and big picture style and life goals. If nothing else, it’s a great way to reflect and reset for the new year.

Here are my choices from previous years:

  • 2019: Relaxed / red
  • 2020: Experience / blue
  • 2021: Achieve / citron

Today I’m choosing my word and colour for 2022, and hope you’ll join me. It’s all in good fun.


I’ve selected the same word as 2021, because unforeseen circumstances kept me from completing a work deliverable that I had started with gusto at the beginning of the year. I want to pick up from where I left off and go for it. 2022 is a do-over of sorts, and I am quite energized about it.

I’m adding a second word because a new year should start with a new word. The second word is FUN because after enormous stress and loss, fun has been in short supply. Pandemic-permitting, that will change as hubs Greg and I exert a good amount of energy into creating memorable fun moments with friends, and loved ones. We intend to seize opportunities, live in the present, be more serendipitous, and make every day meaningful.


I am more into the aesthetic of light blue than any symbolism it might suggest. I’d like to add more of it to my wardrobe, and create outfit complements with my new light blue specs. Specifically, I’m looking to add another pair of light blue shoes, another bag to replace one that bit the dust, a coat, and anything else that that tickles my fancy. I am including saturated pastels, light turquoise, and mid-tone blues in the light blue category. It’s a colour that runs through our home, and will play an important role in the remodel we’re planning this year.

Over to you. If you like, join us in choosing a word and colour for the year. Don’t overthink it. Your first and freshest thoughts on the subject are likely to be the best ones. Share them in the comments section when you have a moment. I’m looking forward to hearing them.