My One Word for the Year

My One Word for the Year

If you’ve been with me for a while, you may remember that I wrote a post about choosing my one word for 2017.  You can find it here.  The idea of selecting one word for the year is that it helps you to focus on one thing that you really want to work on or improve. An area of your life that needs a little attention.  So,  today I thought it would be fun to revisit my 2017 word and see how I did and reveal my word for this year.

Originally I heard about the “one word that will change your life” at a professional development a few years ago.  I loved the idea of using one word as your focus for the year.  It sounded so do-able.  Have you ever heard of this?  If you visit the website of Jon Gordon, the creator of this idea, you will find this simple overview.

In 1999, the authors discovered a better way to become their best and live a life of impact. Instead of creating endless goals and resolutions, they found one word that would be their driving force for the year. No goals. No wish lists. Just one word. Best of all… anyone, anytime can discover their word for the year.

One Word that Will Change Your Life will inspire you to simplify your life and work by focusing on just one word for this year.

They make it sound so simple. 🙂

So, last year I chose the word fearless.  I was just beginning to work on this blog and was all kinds of nervous about it.  All sorts of fears had been holding me back and were keeping from doing what I really wanted to do.  After picking this word,  I decided to be fearless and go for it anyway.  I reflected on that word as I stepped out of comfort zone and tried new things.

I cannot say I did anything scary like skydiving or cliff jumping.  In fact, some of you may think that what scared me is silly ~ you don’t have the same fears as me.  You may think fearless means you try all sorts of dare-devil stunts.  Well, that’s exactly the beauty of the one word.  It means something completely personal to the person who picks it.

And even though I realize I still have work to do on this front, I feel good about my effort.  I’m not all the way there yet.  But that’s ok.  I’ve started and that’s better than waiting until I can be perfect. 🙂

This year, I chose a new word; an area I really need to improve.  It’s funny how the word really just came to me.  I thought about it for a while and kind of tried out some other words too, but this one just seemed to be the right word.

Later, I was working on setting goals for this year.  You can read all about that here.  As I was working through the process, I got to a step that had me look at all my high and low points of the year, look at my ideas for goals, and try to see if one word stood out to me.  Guess what?  It was the same word!  To me, that is a sign that I’ve chosen well.

So, what’s my word?  My one word for 2018Here is what this word means to me.  Grace is the unmerited love, mercy, and favor that God gives freely to us, and which we do not deserve.  We do not earn it, but it is a merciful gift out of love.

Therefore to me, if I give grace to people, that means that though they may not deserve that kindness, I give it anyway ~ out of love.  I will act with mercy and forgive even when it is not asked for. Respond with kindness even when it’s undeserved.  I can forgive freely and apologize quickly.  This is certainly something I need to work on. 🙂

Of course, grace is not just for others.  I need to also learn to give grace to myself.  Are you hard yourself like I am?  Do you expect too much from yourself~ like perfection?  Are you putting pressure on yourself that doesn’t need to be there?  If you answered yes to any of those, then, showing yourself  a little kindness, or giving yourself grace,  will be a good thing.


So, there you have it.  This year I will be focusing on giving grace, accepting grace, and being very grateful for the grace that is given to me.  If you are interested in learning more or getting some ideas for words, visit this site.  Now, have you picked your word for this year?  Please share it below.

Until next time ~




  1. Grace is such a great word to pick, we should all have this word, not just for 2018 but beyond as well. My word for this year is embrace. I want to embrace everything that is thrown at me, whether it be good or bad, because I know I will learn something from it as long as I don’t reject it. #TwinklyTuesday

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      Oh! Embrace is such a good word too. It is so hard to embrace the bad ~ especially in the moment. However, I do believe we can learn from all of it. So glad you visited. Thanks for your comment.

  2. My word is less. As in less stuff in this house! less commitments to other people and less TV,

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      I love that word. It could work for so much….less social media, less shopping, less spending, less cheese & crackers. 🙂

  3. I so enjoy reading about the words chosen by others. Our words are as personal and unique to us as we are people. It amazes me how God takes us on a journey, changing us as we go, through a word. I chose “Focus” this year . I want to run my race, keeping my eyes focused on what God would have me to do and learn. Glad to be here today as I think it is my first time here so, “Nice to meet you!!!” Have a great Thursday!

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      Nice to meet you too Joanne. I hope you’ll come back and visit often. Yes, I agree. The words we choose take on a very personal meaning to each of us. You know what’s funny? My sister and I chose the same word this year. Neither of us knew the other’s word and we’re each taking it in our own direction. Focus is a great word. I can see how that would work for lots of things.

  4. Maybe we all need to chose “grace” for our 2018!
    Whatever our chosen word, we can certainly use more grace in our day to day walk, so thanks for this examination of the truth of it!

  5. Such a great word to pick. I do like the idea of having a word to focus the mind on too. Thanks for sharing and linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  6. What a lovely word for the year Jennifer. Mine is Thrive – I’m going to start thriving in all areas of my life. Thanks for sharing with us at #BloggersPitStop and have a beautiful week.

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      Thanks Sue. Thrive is a great word too. Don’t you love how personal the meanings of the words take for each of us?

  7. I love the word “grace”! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!

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