The Power of a Word. BLOOM

Bloom.  The state of blossoming or having the flowers open.  bloom-1600x1600

Many of us dreamers, free spirits and creative, sensitive souls never realize our true potential because we don’t see our abilities clearly.  We are blossoming, growing, yet we don’t take the time to appreciate it and see it, let alone embrace who we are.

My word for 2020 is Bloom.  Last year was a blur.  The death of my mom was one of the hardest things I have experienced. Yet, it has also helped me continue to bloom into my true self.

Life is full of experiences as I will call them.  These experiences can bring so much pain, hurt and also joy.  I have learned that life will keep bringing it on.  And one day with all life brings, you will realize your natural strengths.  I found strength I never knew I had, and I also found weaknesses, I never dreamed I would allow.

Listening to your inner voice and discovering your natural strengths reveals a vision in your life that can inspire you into action.  For some, the vision could be your career, a partner, financial freedom, following a dream you have always been in fear to do so, or whatever lights up your soul.

I am looking at 3 main benefits that I feel are allowing me to bloom at what I now have to call mid-life.  Shit….I am 46, and mid-life isn’t really a word I thought I would ever associate with myself, but here I am.  As I face 2020, I will remind myself daily  that my word this year is “Bloom”, here is my insight:

1| More Experience

Our human inclination is to search for meaning.  We need to know the why of life’s ups and downs.  I find that hindsight is a gain to perspective.  We won’t always find solutions, but we can turn that into an experience and what we once thought was a weakness into a strength.

2| More Resilience

I am a goal-oriented person. I put hope into achieving a goal and once I achieve that goal it would bring me happiness.  There are times, that reaching that goal didn’t measure up to the outcome expected.  Or not reaching the goal would leave me heartbroken because my plan didn’t work out.  When I learned to set small-step goals, I felt more grateful that life had its own plan and that plan was more aligned with where I was at that moment.

3| More Time

I used to put a lot of energy and time into seeking approval from my partner, my boss, my kids, and I lacked enthusiasm.  I was the people pleaser and yet, you can never please everyone.  After my mom died, I realized, I have raised two great kids, but it is time to take care of my soul, and do what it takes to be truest to myself.

At 46, my childhood is a faraway place.  I never guessed that I’d be figuring out my place at this age.  It has been a journey to get here.  It has taken me years to listen to my inner voice, to discover my natural strengths and develop into a person that can inspire myself and others.  I am blooming and will continue to bloom, just as you will continue to bloom.

Embracing the person you are today, the age you are right now, the choices and experiences you are living right now, then you are blooming.


Becky Shaffer—life Coach—Educator—Human

Published by beckyshafferliveinconfidence

I did the crazy and left my career teaching job after 19 years to work on and build my coaching business. I took a year off to follow my dream of being a life coach and using my skills, life lessons and training to help others find meaning in their life. While I do this, I am always growing, learning and finding more purpose and meaning in my life as well. Currently, I am life coaching and fitness coaching part-time , I continue to blog, meet with clients and I am back to teaching full time in Columbus City Schools, working with gifted students, teaching. U.S. History.

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