Last December was the first time I had ever heard of Ali Edward’s One Little Word concept. The planner community on Instagram actually introduced me to the idea. I remember suddenly my feed was filled with people’s word for the following year. I was intrigued, looked into it, and found myself picking my word for 2017.
I’ve never been one to be successful with New Year’s resolutions. I always pick something grand, like working out every day, achieving these huge goals that are actual complete lifestyle changes that don’t just happen. These changes take time, and there will be set backs, and because of that, by mid-January once the novelty of the new year wore off, I quit.
Every. Single. Year. To the point where I stopped coming up with resolutions all together.
So what about picking a word is so different? To me, it’s totally different. A simple word sets the tone for everything. And suddenly you find your actual goals aligning themselves with the word you’ve chosen. I do believe if you think about it, each and every person can think of one word that describes what they strive to do with their life, or a word that you love that describes you personally right now, at this very moment.
Choosing my 2017 word was easy. It was perfect actually and I found myself really loving my word the second half of the year.
Searching for my word for 2018, proved to be a bit more difficult. I don’t feel like I’m completely done with my word for 2017. I researched words, looked up definitions, and thought about it since November. And just when I thought I’d settled on a new word, my 2017 word would pop back into my thoughts and it still meant more to me than any word for 2018.
But I kept thinking I can’t keep the same word for two years right? I mean, everyone always picks a different word. But the more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t let it go. So I’ve decided to keep my 2017 word for 2018. I feel it still fits perfectly for my life right now, but it does have a bit of a different meaning this year.
So what is this word that I’m keeping for a second year?
When I chose this word for 2017, I was in a rut. For years, I wanted to create things, but just didn’t out of fear of what people I know might think of my little corner of the internet. I still struggle with it today, but I’m working on it.
So in 2017, I set out to:
- Create new opportunities for myself.
- Create a YouTube Channel and a Blog (something I’ve dreamed about for YEARS).
- Continue creating and connecting with fellow members of the planner community on Instagram.
- Create the life I’d been thinking about for so long and never had the courage to start.
I did just that in 2017. And I’m proud of taking the first steps in actually doing what I’ve always wanted to do. It took me until about June 2017 to really get serious about creating, which is one of the reasons why I don’t feel like I’m completely done with this word.
I just get so excited when I even think about creating things. About sharing ideas with people, about seeing what other’s create and the inspiration just a simple idea can have on others. There is a sense of community in creating things. And I love it.
“Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be part of.” – Geri Weitzman
For 2018, create means more than just starting to share what I want to create, like it did for 2017.
This year, it’s a bit more personal. It means:
- Continue creating the life I love waking up to EVERY DAY.
- Creating my own happiness.
- Creating healthy habits and routines.
- Creating opportunities to grow friendships.
- Creating inspiration.
- Creating opportunities to learn new things.
- Creating time to enjoy the little things.
I’m pretty excited to continue with create as my word of the year. To stay inspired, I’ve created a Pinterest board where I will continue to pin various quotes and inspiration that I feel fits what I need create to mean for myself throughout 2018. Feel free to follow along with my journey this year on Pinterest!
Do you pick a word for the year? I’d love to hear about your word and thoughts behind it. Share in the comments below!
Happy New Year and may 2018 be your best year yet!