What’s your “power word” for 2019?

There has been talk recently about how it’s a really good idea to have a “Power Word” for each new year that comes our way because with everything we do in our life, this word will give us something to look up or back to in order to guide us in the right direction to help us achieve our goals – it’s that overall vision you have of how you want to BE this year, what you plan to DO, all the actions you take in your everyday life, and how YOU want other people to see you in their eyes, how you want people to remember YOU as a person and all the things you do.

Harsh as it may sound, we should ideally LIVE as though we are dying…. Work out in your mind, how would you love for people to remember you? How do you want to make your mark in this world? How do you want to make a difference? There is more to life than household chores, so much more meaning we can add to our lives to make them prettier and more pleasurable to live in!!!

I decided that my power word this year will be “SHINE”. It’s the only word that feels right to me, so I will stick to my gut instinct,  go along with it for the ride and see what interesting adventures it takes me on! What word will you choose for yourself?

What I know for sure is that when I shine, I feel most happy – whatever it is that makes me shine fills me with joy, makes me feel alive and full of energy, and I get totally lost in that feeling and can spend hours sometimes doing that thing I love doing when I have any spare pockets of time, even if for a few minutes. Time is so limited these days with so much rushing around and things to do for the family – it is SO incredibly precious, so we must make the most of it EVERY SINGLE DAY.

You might think, why on Earth did I pick this word? It might surprise you but shining, or being in the spotlight, has always been the one of my biggest fears though I did do some public speaking as a child, but I didn’t really keep it up in my adult life.

Especially since being a mum and through other experiences I’ve had in my life, I didn’t feel like I had the freedom to be my true authentic self without having to worry all the time about what others think and need, so my needs did get somewhat forgotten, and my mental clarity and energy went flat and started to revolve mostly around the kids and their routine, their life. It was hard to make space for me in their life as it was just too hectic and there is generally not a lot of time to breathe in between everything that needs to be done.

As parents, we are so used to putting our children’s wants and needs ahead of our’s, and our life really does revolve around the kids so much, that we forget what our needs are. Which is why now, over time, I am becoming more appreciative of all the little things in my life as much as possible, and making more of a conscious effort to be more mindful in everything I do as it does make life feel easier and more calm.

Because of the way kids can be, especially primary age kids, they don’t get to see us parents as a human being with wants and needs too, just like them!!! It’s really important to remember this, and treat ourselves with the kindness and compassion we deserve too….! 

Life just looks prettier and more colourful when we choose to make positive change in our life. And that’s worth a lot. For each and every one of us xxx


Sara Benveniste

Sara is a mum of 3 and also a Mindset & Wellness coach. and through personal experience, helps people with low energy and chronic fatigue develop a healthier, more positive and creative growth mindset, and at the same time, nourish their mind, body and soul through self-love, good nutrition, music and mindfulness. She is also a linguist, and loves learning foreign languages, including French, Spanish and Italian, playing the flute and listening to music.

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