This year marks the 5th year that I’ve chosen to follow a one word resolution. This idea has popped up all over the internet in the past few years, like on One Word 365, One Little Word, My One Word, My Intent, etc., but the idea is always the same. Choose one word – only one word – to describe your goals and intentions for how you wish to live your life over the course of the next year.
A little background:
- 2013 – Focus My first year trying out this concept, I did alright, but I learned that my word, ironically, needed to be a little more focused, more narrowed down, or at least the intent behind the word. My main goals in 2013 were to focus on finishing college and starting graduate school.
- 2014 – Bold The next year, I dove deeper into the one word method and chose a word that would really push me out of my comfort zone. I’m quite the introvert, but I didn’t want that to ever stop me from achieving the goals I had for myself. So I chose “bold” to push me to speak up and try new things.
- 2015 – Cheer During this year I was finishing my graduate program and searching for my first full-time job, so I chose this word with the goal of remaining positive throughout the process of saying goodbye to grad school friends as we went our separate ways and through the ups and downs of the job search.
- 2016 – Vigor The next year, I chose a word from my sorority’s Purpose, in an attempt to focus my attentions on improving my overall health. This was somewhat successful in that I learned how to cook a little more, and a little better, but (honestly) not much else, other than the gym membership that went mostly unused.
- 2017 Last year, I skipped out on the one word idea. Not because I hadn’t chosen a word, but because my life changed so much from one month to the next that one word couldn’t ever describe it. While I know I didn’t really need one word to get me through this past year, I knew by the end of the year that I wanted to go back to the practice since it had done me such good so far.
My 2018 Word:
This year the word I have chosen to guide my steps is grace. I’ve chosen this word for a few reasons, but today I’d like to share the resources I like to use when choosing my one word, and for maintaining my commitment to the word throughout the year.
Pinterest: Every year I’ve picked a word, I’ve created a pinterest board full of quotes, articles, books, and other things that relate to my word and will help to remind me of the goals I have for myself that year.
Books: Each year, I try to pick a few books that relate to my word, and try to read them at some point. The book that really inspired my word choice this year is “Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy” by Emily Ley. I love this book because it’s not only really refreshing to read Emily’s story, but she includes some great prompts for reflection to help connect her content to your own life.
Music: I also like to create a playlist and add songs to it throughout the year that I feel are connected to the word I choose. I like to do this very organically, so the songs that are on the list really have meaning and connection to the experiences I have throughout the year, so I’ll share my playlist as it develops later on in the year.
Have you ever chosen a One Word resolution? What is yours this year? Let me know if you decide to participate, and share your word in the comments!
P.S. Here’s some referral links to some of my favorite sites. Use if you’d like!
- Ebates – This is a great way to earn cash back from online shopping (that you’re already doing) at many of your favorite stores! (Including Sephora & Ulta!) If you join through this link and make a purchase of $25 or more, you’ll get an extra $10 cash back and I’ll get $15, as well as your own referral code.
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