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What’s the Word?

Submitted by on January 14, 2017 - 10:09 pm

Happy New Year (albeit a bit belated). I hope that 2017 has started off even better than you had expected. It certainly has for me! Last year started out great, however midway through the year it took a turn for the worst and I’ve spent the past 6 months trying to pull myself out of that funk. Yes, I said it. I, Ana Cabán, was in a funk from July 1 – December 31st, 2016. Not only was I in a funk but I kept myself super busy, busy distracting myself from the hurt and pain of my new husband deciding that he actually didn’t want to me married. (If you missed that blog post you can catch up here.) Why am I sharing all of this with you, you might ask. I’ll tell you.
As I complete my 46th circle around the sun I, like you, have been through my share of ups and downs in life. Whether they were personal, professional, romantic, or family-oriented, there has always been a “takeaway” from each experience. Now, I’m not going to lie and say that I always knew why something had happened, or why I had to experience it. I didn’t, and I don’t. In fact, there are still a few life experiences that I am still can’t quite to wrap my head around. But what I will say is that I have learned to reflect on these experiences and life lessons in preparation for the future. That’s why at the end of each year I always carve out time to do a couple of things:


  • Clean out the house

I go through and get rid of things that I no longer use, or wear, or that no longer serve me. It’s basically spring cleaning in December. And I love it! There’s nothing like making space for new, and exciting things to enter. And the only way to do that is to truly make space, literally! My general rule is that if I have not used, nor worn the item, in the past year out it goes! Never purged like that? Try it! It’s liberating, I promise!


  • Reflect and prepare/anticipate

The second thing that I do is take some time to reflect on the year that is coming to a close. What went well, what went poorly and what could I have done differently? And most importantly, what do I want in the new year?
This year I added a third ritual. I decided to come up with a word for 2017. I know what 2016 represented for me. But 2016 is over now. Now it’s time to focus on the New Year, this year! So I decided to come up with a word for my 2017.

The word that jumped to the front of my mind was “kindness”. As I mentioned, I spent half of 2016 pushing myself to be busy, so that I didn’t have to deal with the pain that I was feeling. But what ended up happening was that I just delayed the pain and suffering and was very stressed out in the process. I constantly felt like I was not living up to my own expectations. (We’re our own worst critics, you know?). It was frustrating and exhausting, and I knew that I couldn’t keep that up in the New Year. So I’ve decided to make this year my year of kindness (and healing). I promise to be kind to myself. Instead of adding to my “to do” list I will focus on my “let go” list. (What can I remove from my list?). And you know what? It’s working. I’ve been feeling great! I have more energy and am much more optimistic about my future than I have in ages!

As we start of this new, and exciting year, I invite you to take some time to clean your house (really purge), as well as reflect on last year.

And then take a moment and think about a word for 2017. YOUR word for 2017! What will this year mean to you? (Please share below.)




  • Ayla says:
    January 14, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Ana, so good to hear from you! How sad what you have gone through this year concerning your husband! In your hard-found wisdom, I pray that you will someday be trusting to love again.

    My word for 2017 is “perseverance”. One of the hardest decisions I ever have to face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder-to truly persevere! May God give me the strength to do the latter.

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    Ana Caban says:
    January 15, 2017 at 3:11 am


    Wow, perseverance! Great one! I wish you all the strength to persevere this year, as well.

    Here’s to an amazing 2017!


  • Kristina says:
    January 15, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Transformation 💜✌️🙏🤸🏻‍♂️

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    Ana Caban says:
    January 15, 2017 at 3:10 am


    What a great word, transformation! I love it! Here’s to your year of transformation, my friend!

    Wishing you all the best!


  • Anna says:
    January 15, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Dear Ana,

    Thank you for your good wishes and the best & happiest wishes to you for the new year too!! Yes, in about the same timeframe last year also my relationship ended for me with a guy that I initially wanted to marry. The fact that you got married and then he did not want to stay, really hurts my heart. Anyhow, we have to look forward now and you are absolutely right – out with the old in with the new. I actually started clean-up too and yesterday I redecorated my livingroom. So it feels wonderful!! And I will do more of it. We are fully worth it, we are wonderful and we deserve to shine!! Nobody ever deserves to take that away from any Person. We will rise and shine and glow!!
    I think my word will be “shine” – since that entails things like joy, light and strength to stand the inner grounds.
    I wish you lot’s of success in all your endeveours this year. Namaste, Anna

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    Ana Caban says:
    January 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your relationship ending, as well. I think that we can agree that 2017 will be much better than 2016. Good for you for cleaning up. We must make space for great things to enter our lives.

    What a fun word, “shine”! It’s vibrant. I love it!

    Wishing you all the best this year!


  • Stefano says:
    January 15, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks a lot for all’, Ana, I’m sure, the 2017 will be the kindness year for you, with your energy and your soul.
    My word is: light. Light for my life and for people around me, and for those I’ll meet this year! Happy new year!
    Stefano, Italy

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    Ana Caban says:
    January 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm


    Thank you. I love your word, “light”. I,too, wish you and yours light this year.

    All the best,


  • Willie says:
    January 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Ana, you are a strong woman as an oak tree. My word for 2017 is “BLESSED”. I wish you The Lord’s Blessings upon your life. You are a kindhearted person.

    I love You

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    Ana Caban says:
    January 17, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Hi Willie,

    Blessed is a great word! Thank you for sharing and for your continued support.

    Wishing you all the best this year, and always.


  • Ana Lillith Bar says:
    January 28, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing those life events which have affected you so deeply.

    Sometimes our worst of times can be the thing that helps others to get through theirs. The light at the end of the tunnel, if you will.

    I have, myself, been through the ringer these last few years. And, just like you, I purged everything that was not a necessity.

    Though my greatest issue has been health and mobility issues. It was these struggles of mine that found friend and family making a break from out of my circle. A bit crushing, but at the same time, telling.

    As time has gone on, I have finally begun to find the people who can help me properly. And I am using every option to its fullest advantage.

    I hope that you continue to grow and shine and share.

    Though I cannot yet partake in exercising with the video of yours that I have, I am using it as a goal. The better I get, the more I do.

    Although, if you are interested. I would like to discuss an exercise program for those such as myself, who cannot do those exercises in some of your palates courses.

    The idea of helping others who can only exercise in a slow and certain fashion, would really be a wonderful collaboration.

    Anyhow, thanks again for all you do.

    Stay inspired.
    Ana Lillith Bar

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