Word of the Year

The new year is upon us, and whether you make resolutions, a goal(s), a word of the year or do nothing, you always get out of it just what you put into it.

Let’s Recap

2017 has been an amazing year.  My word for 2017 was Freedom and although we should reflect on the past, we should never dwell on it, we should learn from it, but never feel burdened over it.

I sat and contemplated what that word would be for 2018.  I had a few different ideas, but none of them made me feel as calm and positive as the one I chose.

I chose my word for a few reasons.  I looked it up online and saw that this word “signals your intention to be an activator of life instead of a passive bystander.”  I loved that and knew at that moment that this was my word of the for the next 12 months.  I want this word to join me on my next trip around the sun.

My Word of the year is…

word of the year peaceMy word of the year is, Peace.  Why?  Well, a few reasons.  Peace is defined as mental calm; serenity.  To have peace (to me) means to be confident in your decisions and to have no fear and I am striving for those two things in my life.

I have let myself experience more anxiety and stress in 2017 than I should.  Anxiety and stress, come from fear.  I want to make sure that isn’t the case for 2018.  I want it to be a calmer year, a year of being fearless.  I loved this quote I read from The Sunburned Penguin “When you are experiencing fear, you cannot experience peace. When you are experiencing peace, there’s no room for fear.”

To help experience more peace in 2018, I am going to:

  • Learn to say no more, I am yes person and I am only hurting myself by always saying yes.
  • My biggest priority: daily workout, i experience less stress and anxiety when I workout and it will need to be consistent and that “me time” I take for myself every single day.  I am a better version of myself when this is in my life.
  • Eliminate unneeded stress in my life, stay away from negative people that bring me down.
  • Read more personal development daily, to keep my mind in check.  A lot of times, we stress ourselves out because our heads aren’t in the right place.
  • Stop overthinking things, make a decision, stick with it and move on. Aka – having peace of mind.
  • Take a deep breath and focus when necessary, sometimes you just need a bit of clarity.
  • Start delegating more, this one will probably be the hardest, I believe that if you need something done, it’s faster and easier to just do it yourself and there are so many things in life my kids can do that i don’t need to rush and take care of.

Ideas to help you with choosing your word of the year:

  • Do a brain dump, get out a piece of paper and start writing.
  • It doesn’t have to be that you don’t have goals, but this word can define all of them.  For example, if I choose to do this today and I abiding by my word of the year that will help me reach my goals?
  • That one word can give you more clarity and focus vs. a long list of resolutions you may never revisit throughout the new year.
  • Think about the kind of person you want to become in 2018, what word helps describe that vision of you?

If you are having trouble figuring out your New Year Goal’s, word of the year or need a “roadmap” to write everything out,  check out this New Year New You workbook by Leslie J. Saul, a Relational Life Coach.  I love how she explains that our minds and bodies have an incredible capacity to change, even though it’s not always easy with habits and rhythms, that could be years or decades old.

My hope for you is that you set some sort of goal/word of the year for the next year, break it down, reverse engineer it and make it achievable.  I’ll leave you with this quote:  “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

Have a peaceful 2018!


Here are a few book favorites I recommend reading to help with goals for the new year.

Chalene Johnson’s Push

Darren Hardy’s The Compound Effect


What is your word of the year and why?