Wednesday, January 3, 2018

My One Word

It's that time of year again. Time to pick a word for the year, my one word, that I will do a terrific job of focusing on for a couple of months and then forget about for the rest of the year. I put a lot of thought into my word for last year, "heart." But last year really got away from me on so many levels; I even spent a good chunk of the year with a broken heart. Still, it's a great word. A word that still holds a lot of meaning for me and represents all of the things I want to make this year about. So, my word for 2018 will, again, be "heart."

1. Anatomy. a hollow, pumplike organ of blood circulation
2. the center of the total personality, especially with reference to intuition, feeling, or emotion
3. the center of emotion, especially as contrasted to the head as the center of the intellect
4. capacity for sympathy; feeling; affection
5. spirit, courage, or enthusiasm
6. the innermost or central part of anything

1. after one's own heart, in keeping with one's taste or preference
2. at heart, in reality; fundamentally; basically
3. break someone's heart, to cause someone great disappointment or sorrow
4. by heart, by memory; word-for-word
5. cross one's heart, to maintain the truth of one's statement; affirm one's integrity
6. do someone's heart good, to give happiness or pleasure to; delight
7. to have sorrow or longing dominate one's emotions; grieve inconsolably

I want to take better care of my own heart physically and spiritually this year. But, as I said last year:
"I want my heart to be the center of my personality and I want it to guide me to show my feelings in more concrete ways. I want to live with spirit, courage, and enthusiasm. I want to do the things that do my heart good, that give me pleasure and happiness."
And I want to do the things that will fill others' hearts with joy and to affirm my integrity. To keep me from straying so badly again, I'm going to be putting together a plan that will remind me to stay focused. I'll be incorporating some of what I had planned to do with my Happiness Project last year (another thing that got lost by the wayside) and using  my bullet journal to track my progress. I've always lead with my heart. It's time to put that to good use!

Do you pick a word for the year? If you have, what's your one word and why did you choose it?


  1. I think your word 'heart' is perfect and I'm all for continuing to use a word in the new year. My word 'breathe' was the one from last year and I'm continuing it as it has served me well in 2017. My husband and I will face further changes and challenges in 2018 with our health and working on making it better. And I have 'breathed' my way through a lot of stress this year and walked my way to better mental health. Enjoy your word and don't be surprised if it shows up with unexpected applications. ;-)

  2. I think "heart" is a perfect word to focus on. I wish you the best on your journey.

  3. I like this word a lot. I think it will guide you in many good directions. In order to keep my word in my mind, I signed up for a year-long workshop by Ali Edwards. I don't do all of her prompts, but I try to watch the monthly videos and think about my word because of it.

  4. It IS a good word! I see a lot of people carrying their 2017 word into 2018, and I like that. It shows you haven't given up and are not going to let a little (okay, a lot) of crazy get in your way.

    Good luck! I can't wait to see how you incorporate your word into your happiness project!

  5. It's a good word. Certainly worthy of a second try.