Written by : Paula Felps 

Choosing Your Word for the New Year With Matt Derrenbacher

While many people are thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions, others are taking a different approach to the new year and setting an intention. To do that, choosing one word to focus on throughout the year is a helpful and effective practice, and this week’s guest is here to tell us how to do it and how it works. Matt Derrenbacher is a fifth-year rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and has served as a chaplain candidate for the U.S. Air Force and a Jewish educator. He explains how using a single word can help us set an intention for the year and help us stay on track in the months to come.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why choosing one word to focus on throughout the coming year can help guide your actions.
  • Why many people find it more effective than setting a resolution.
  • How to decide what your word should be—and how to remind yourself of it regularly.


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