I love word clouds. These computer-generated word assortments depict the frequency, size, or relative importance of the words on a website, book or printed document.

The main thing I love about word clouds is that they don’t lie. You may think the theme of your website,  blog or even your life is one thing, but the word cloud will tell you what your REAL message is.

The beauty of word clouds is not only the words that turn out to be BIG and bold, but also the ones that are SMALL and faint. What a wonderful illustration of life’s priorities.

So the cloud you see pictured here contains a lifetime of words that represent my personal values, accomplishments, qualities, abilities, gifts and relationships. 

As a young mid-lifer, I have finally accepted the fact that I’ve officially crossed over into my second adulthood. The word cloud was one of the exercises I used to help me dig deep and identify my true values, dreams and future goals.

My children are grown and flown, we recently downsized, I have reinvented my career, and I am ready for a new adventure. I envision a quiver full of grandchildren someday soon (I hope you are reading this, Molly and Scott…). I am also looking forward to music, travel, and making an even greater impact than in my earlier life.

So, what if someone created a word cloud of your life—your values, beliefs, life mission and dreams? What words would be BIG, and which ones would be SMALL?

The good news is that there’s still time reinvent your life’s word cloud. Of course, this won’t be an easy process, but it will be well worth your time to get it right.

I love this statement from Jinny S. Ditzler’s book, Your Best Year Yet!: “Within every successful person is an ordinary person who found the courage, heart, and discipline to act…to face the big challenges and make dreams come true. The life you want is yours for the talking.”

So be bold. Seize the day!


Mary Buchan RN has over 30 years of health and wellness experience. After helping a wide range of people over the years, she recently repurposed her Nurse's Cap as a Life Reinvention Coach, Speaker, and Author of the new book Over It – How to Live Above Your Circumstances and Beyond Yourself.  As a mid-lifer with an empty nest, she blogs about self-discovery, relationships, reinvention, and healthy living.   Visit www.MaryBuchan.com.