Magical is the Word, Photo credit: Satori Photos

Recently I participated in an intention setting workshop with author, coach, and passionista Leslie Hamp. This session felt like exercises for the heart. Except for some deep feel-good breathing to feel centered, there was no cardio involved.

The exercises involved being honest with myself while considering my satisfaction in several aspects of current life. After intentional mind mapping some of those aspects the group participants moved through visualization techniques and eventually landed on our word.  This sort of annual goal setting feels right to me for the following reasons:

  • I can easily remember one word.
  • I can base decisions on whether they support the word.
  • I won't feel disappointed for not finishing a long list of resolutions.
  • I'm much more likely to stay focused. 
  • My word clearly represents how I want to feel about my work, my purpose, and my life.

This single word becomes a powerful guiding force. Words have power in my opinion. 

Why magical? I think it's magical just having chosen the word magical! Seriously, after last year's gut-wrenching fear of going public with my writing for the first time and the hard work of building the foundations and mechanics of a purposeful website, 2016 is the time to create even more beauty, inspiration, and mindful living.  It has been my intention from the beginning to explore how it will feel to grow and transform life following a significant loss.

What does all this have to do with life at ""? This year my late daughter Lena's children's story, Hoofen Floofen Island, will be published.


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Monica Sword

Monica Sword is an aspiring author and artist living a deeply heartfelt life. Following the early death of three family members, including her daughter, she struggled to balance home and work life. Once she discovered how to apply her conscientious and high-achieving personality to honor her passions, be mindful of her emotional reactions and focus on self-care, she developed a creative mindset that produces her most meaningful life work. On her website,, Monica inspires and encourages others to honor their heart and soul in mindful ways.