2017 One Word Resolution

Just like every year, I sat down with my favorite notebook to begin listing out my New Year’s resolutions.  After just a few minutes, my list was unrealistically long and I discovered that there were many things on the list that kept returning year after year. (sigh) I also noticed that there was a common theme in each one. My list was made up of things I didn’t like about myself or where I found weakness. I wanted this year to be positive and less about who I was tired of being and more focused on how I could be the best me I could be and what that transformation process looked like. So I turned the page and wrote one word: Intentional.

I’m tossing the long list of changes and making 2017 my year to be Intentional.  The idea is that this word will serve as a theme in all aspects of my life.  I hope you will toss your list and join me in picking one word for your life this year. Who says we have to be boxed into that list of corrections for our life anyway?!

Since I am choosing Intentional, I wanted to briefly explain how this will play a role in a few key areas for me and then give you a few words to kick start the discovery of your own word.

Spiritually

First and foremost,  my journey with the Lord is the most important aspect of my life. Without his guidance, nothing is possible. This year, I want to be more intentional than I have ever been in order to deepen my relationship with the Lord.

Relational

I want my husband to know how head over heals in love I am with him every single day. I want my closest friends and family to feel valued. And I want those new people that come into my life over the next 365 days to know that I care about them.

Work Life

This is a big one for me. I juggle many different avenues of “work” in my life. My real 9-5, my favorite – blogging and my most challenging – photography. I want to strive to be as intentional as possible to continue to grow and develop with purpose in each of these areas of my life.

So there you have it. Call me crazy, but this one word will be my 2017 motto, my theme, my anthem, in everything I do. Now the fun part, creating something with that word on it to serve as a reminder to me every day for the next 365 days.

Are you thinking of joining me on this one word journey? If so, here are some other great words to consider for yourself.

  • Consistent
  • Balance
  • Simplicity
  • Disciplined
  • Progress
  • Joy

I am excited to hear what you choose! Tell me in the comments below.

5 thoughts on “2017 One Word Resolution”

  1. Thanks for a list. I like the one word technique. It provides a great jumping off point. i started with reflection of what did’t go so well and what did go well in 2016. Gave much clarity

  2. I’m still working on my word for 2017 – but I do like this technique. It’s much more direct. I also like to make New Year Aspirations instead of resolutions. Thank you for sharing this post with us at Hearth and Soul. I’m featuring it at the party this week. Hope to see you there!

  3. I love the idea of aspirations! Thank you so very much for the feature! I’ll be sure to check out this week’s party. Happy New Year, April!

  4. I adopted the word of the year mindset last year, and love it. Why is it that we find it so easy to write out long lists of resolutions we’re not likely to keep? You chose a fantastic word. I can’t wait to see how you put it into practice!

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