To be completely honest, I’ve been putting off writing this post. I’m super excited about the new year and the word I’ve chosen to focus on in 2018 — why am I procrastinating!?
I really don’t know.
Maybe it’s the lack of motivation after being sick for weeks (yuck – finally feeling almost all the way normal). Maybe it’s the fear of really putting this word out there. Maybe it’s all the other blog post ideas I have bouncing around in my head and I’m not sure where to start. Maybe it’s that I don’t have the perfect words to share with you.
Any or all of those excuses may be “true”. But here we go anyways!
Friend, let that be an encouragement to you. If you’re lacking motivation. If you’re feeling some fear or hesitation. If you’re just not sure where or how to get started. You’re not alone. Begin right now. With what you have. Remember, you have plenty.
What is a Word of the Year (WOY)?
It’s exactly what it sounds like: a word of the year! Simply, this is a word (or even multiple words or a phrase) that you want to hold on to for the year.
It might be an overarching idea of what you want to develop (strength, patience, community, contentment, etc). It might be a description of what you want for your year (adventure, fun, abundance, joy, etc). The beauty (and also the challenge) is there are no rules. Choose a word (or multiple words) that speak to you.
How do you choose your WOY?
This is going to be different for every person.
Some people know it immediately. Some people have to talk about it, pray about it, wait and listen on it. Again, there’s no right or wrong way here.
Imagine what you want for this year and start brainstorming. Jot down any word that sparks something. The dictionary and thesaurus may also be helpful here! Take a look at your list — is there any one word that stands out amongst the others? If not, don’t stress it. There’s no deadline either. This is your word, so it’s whatever you want it to be! It even has flexibility to change if the chosen word falls out of alignment. No pressure!
In 2017, my WOY was Become. At the time I was struggling with choosing a word. I had some good ideas, but there wasn’t one that was sticking out to me. During my quiet time I was reading my Bible passage for the day and journaling when the word Become stuck out like it was written in lights. You can read more about my 2017 WOY here.
My 2018 WOY didn’t require any brainstorming. There was a word that kept showing up and it sums up perfectly what I want for myself and my year. Any guesses about what that word could be!?
My 2018 Word of the Year is…
: to grow luxuriantly : thrive
a : to achieve success : prosper
b : to be in a state of activity or production
c : to reach a height of development or influence
: to make bold and sweeping gestures
Webster’s definition is spot on for what I want this year. I want to thrive and prosper. I want to be active and productive. I want to be of influence. I want to be bold in my gestures and my life.
And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to flourish and succeed in his hand. -Genesis 39:3
I want our marriage to flourish.
I want my faith to flourish.
I want my health to flourish.
I want my community to flourish.
I want our finances to flourish.
I want my career to flourish.
I want this blog to flourish.
Every area of my life has the opportunity to flourish this year if I stay focused and intentional. That’s powerful! I will be obedient to the Lord and trust how He’s guiding me. My goals could completely shift and transform and that’s okay. Sometimes that’s what it takes to flourish. I don’t know how the path will be laid out, but all I have to do is take the next right step. I’m expectant of the goodness!
There’s nothing magical about January 1st, yall. If you haven’t set your intentions for the year (aka your goals, I don’t care much for resolutions) or your Word of the Year, go for it now!
If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? Success is not an accident. Unfortunately, you won’t stumble into the life you want. It must be created through your intentions and actions.
What’s your WOY?! Leave it in the comments below and lets inspire each other <3