Look To the Western Sky

A blog about single life as a parent & the dreams of a writer by Margo L. Dill

Word of the Year (Part One)

A couple years ago, my writing friend, Sarah, told us about a New Year’s resolution-type thing called: ONE WORD. I wrote about it pretty extensively on WOW!’s blog last year, where I explained my word of the year for 2016 would be Organization; and I wasn’t making any specific resolutions or goals because my life was chaotic and changing, and I didn’t think I could stick to anything too specific. This One Word theme really worked for me. I did get more organized in 2016. Here are some ways:

  • Cleaned out several closets and drawers and donated loads of stuff to charity
  • Got all of my retirement money from teaching and my new job in order with my financial adviser
  • Created this blog for writing and a separate one for Editor 911 (although still in progress)
  • Realized Katie and I need to follow a nightly routine MOST nights in order to have a successful week
  • Followed through on a system to remember to take my medicine (hormones from hysterectomy, which need to be taken twice a day)

I’m sure there are more, but for now, that gives you an idea of how one word helped me in many areas of my life. I also managed to buy a new car and set up my insurance payment and car payment to pay automatically out of my bank account. I count all of this as organization. Because I did have some female health issues this year, I lost huge chunks of time, and so I am keeping Organization for 2017 AND adding one more word. I am still contemplating 2017’s additional word and plan to decide next week. The ones I am thinking about are. . .

  • Peace
  • Practical
  • Boundaries

I probably need all 3! πŸ™‚

I’m hoping some of you reading this post will share a word or two of the year that you would like to consider. Just because you write it down HERE does not mean that you HAVE to do this word of the year. But it might get people thinking about words they could adopt. Also if you are explaining yourself when typing a comment, it may make you think about your hopes and dreams for 2017.

 

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  1. My word for 2017 is commitment. I am committing to writing (and finishing) my novel, walking every day and getting back to Weight Watchers. I am thinking of it in terms of my three Ws!

  2. Hi this year I actually have two words that make up a phrase; “Pay Attention”. I find that I have a really bad habit of not paying attention to my surroundings and other things, as a result, I miss a lot. Since I made this choice, this phrase keeps showing up.

    • I think that is great. It goes a lot with what I hear people saying about trying to be present in what they are doing. It’s hard in this distracting world we live in!

  3. I’m keeping the same word that has been hanging on my bulletin board since January 1, 2016–Persevere.

  4. My word for 2016 was Believe. I have a large metal sign hanging in my kitchen with that one word on it, and thinking about that word each day has served me well. I also have an inspirational poster at our place in the country with a quote about belief from St. Augustine, “Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” I also include that quote on my blog.

    This year my word is Grace.

    A favorite quote about grace comes from one of my favorite writers, Flannery O’Connor, who wrote, “Grace changes us and change is painful.” That quote also appears on my blog as a reminder about the power of grace to enrich my life.

    Donna Volkenannt
    http://donnasbookpub.blogspot.com

    • Donna: Thank you for sharing those quotes. They are wonderful. I love the Flannery O’Conner one, and although my word is not grace, I think I will remember that quote.

  5. I had posted this on my blog for my word of the year.
    This year I have chosen the word ACCEPT as my word of the year. I am taking it from the Serenity Prayer.

    Last year was so full of changes. I need to make sure I accept the things I can’t change. Most importantly I need the wisdom to know what those things are. Once I find the things I can change I need to step out on faith and find the courage to step forward to make those changes. There have been so many changes in my work, financial, and physical life this last year. I persevered throughout them all. I realized I had a problem accepting certain situations. I want this to be the year that I accept whatever God puts in front of me. I know that he knows what is best for me and my life. I wish for all of you the best of what God has in store for you. No matter what it may be, I hope you will find a way to accept his will.

    • Accepting is hard. You sound like you have had a lot of personal growth in the last year, and I wish you the best of luck with 2017. I hope it is an amazing year for you.

  6. My word for 2017 is gratitude. I intend to be more conscious of of world and how many things for which I want to say “Thank you.” I do try to do Morning Pages. I hope I can list ten things each morning for which I can show gratitude. I know I will have repeats. It is probably impossible not to do so. However, I am going to try to spread gratitude over as wide an area as possible. Thank you, Margo, for the chance to firm up my intention.

    • Gratitude is a great one. I used to keep a gratitude journal–which was 5 things each day you are thankful for. And repeats were just fine on tough days.

  7. My word for the year will be discipline. I am a known procrastinator which then creates increased anxiety so my focus on discipline will hopefully encourage me to stay on task.

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