New Year, New Word, My One Word For 2018

Can you believe I only chose one word for 2018?  I have a habit of not following the rules regarding this word of the year stuff.

Last year, I had to have an entire phrase.  My phrase did work fairly well in small bursts but I found it fizzling out a bit by year-end. And then there was the year, I had to pick a new word each month.  Way too much and with hindsight, I see it missed the point of the whole one word concept entirely.

I’ve picked a single word for the year in other years though and usually with mixed results. However, each new year I simply can’t resist in joining in this tradition and linking up my one word (or ten or twenty!) over at Create With Joy where other bloggers share their word of the year.

Confession about my word for 2018: I started using it last year.  It kept popping out at me for 31 days in October.  Just a sneaking suspicion, my word changed my focus going into the holidays and helped me ward off my annual  “I hate Christmas!” meltdown.

Announcing my one word for 2018:

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A funny thing happened when I started writing my series about embracing the fall season for 31 days, besides the realization I need to consult a thesaurus a bit more.  I found I actually enjoyed fall a lot more than I ever had in the past.

Also, focusing (mostly) on the positive parts of the season really helped me stay in a better mood. I found it shifted my way of looking at things as we moved into the Christmas season.  That season found a welcome with me also.  It’s usually not a favorite season of mine.

My plan moving forward into 2018 is to accept whatever it brings with it.  Accept the bleakness of winter. Enjoy the stark silence in the barren house following the removal of all the Christmas decorations.  (And then add back in some decor for winter warmth!).

Hopefully, I can squeeze some good out of whatever happens or at least acknowledge and move on past the heartbreak moments (it would be naive to think there won’t be any of those in the coming year although ever an optimist, I do hope we all have much fewer than last year.). Embracing the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything that arrives whether my mood, the weather, or a million dollars (did I mention I’m an optimist?) is my plan for 2018.

Did you pick a word of the year? I’d love to hear about your choice!



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10 thoughts on “New Year, New Word, My One Word For 2018

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Freezing is definitely the word for today, 7 degrees out there. Brr. Hope you are having a great start to your New Year!

  1. Create With Joy

    I love your word! 🙂
    Thanks for joining us at the One Word Blog Hop at Create With Joy.
    I hope you have an amazing year as you embrace all the good things that God has for you in the year to come!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I find I’m always considering peace as a word of the year so I’ll make sure to visit you and see your reasons behind a wonderful word. Hope you’ve had a wonderful start to 2018!

  2. LeeAnna Paylor

    hard word! Embracing not just accepting. That should be a challenge! Would be for me at least. I’ve found the universe hears my word, and kicks my butt with lessons! That said, by the end of the year I’ve learned all facets of a word… embrace the process. Thank you for a thoughtful post. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

    Oh, my word is change. To note change can be possibility, change can be positive not just frightening. To note how I react to changes. To accept my limitations in coping with change. We moved cross country this year… LeeAnna

    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, I know what you mean about the universe listening to our word choices. It’s been a bit of a challenge with my new word a couple of days this year already. Really like your word as well. Change is a good one (and also, a hard one).

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