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My One Word for 2017

Coming into 2017, I fell into the typical “New Year, New Me!” trap of attempting to come up with resolutions.  But like every year, I wasn’t invested and knew that in a month, or less, those resolutions would be forgotten.  Nevertheless, I wanted to do something to signify the beginning of a new year.

So I started a Capture your 365 (CY365) photo project, I got my bullet journal back out and started new pages for a gratitude, list prompts, and habit trackers, and I revamped the budget.  These all were in the vein of resolutions but without the judgey ‘you failed’ aspect if things didn’t pan out.

It was the CY365 prompt for 1/2/17 that really got me thinking about how I wanted my year to go.

The prompt was “One Word”.

I don’t consider myself a creative person and usually needs some guidance or inspiration to get what creative juices I do have flowing.  So to get an idea of what to do for any given prompt, I scroll through the #cy365 on Instagram.  For the one word prompt, captions kept mentioning how their word wasn’t just any word, but their ONE WORD for 2017.  This concept sent me on an internet scavenger hunt to determine what that meant.  I came across lots of different blog posts and found that most referenced back to Ali Edwards and her One Little Word project.  One little word is your word for the year to “focus on, meditate on, and reflect on” as you go through your daily life.

I liked the idea of that – a lot.  I liked it for all that it was: a guide for the year with a path to navigate.  I liked it for all that it wasn’t: a hard and fast resolution that would end up in failure.

Deciding to hop on this bandwagon was the easy part.  The hard part was picking the word!  Most of the blog posts I stumbled upon had words lists to get your started.  Those were great, but a little overwhelming.  There were just so many good words, but none of them really spoke to me. I needed more direction than that.

Thankfully, I landed on this post from Stephenie Zamora on Huff Post.  She outlined a few steps for choosing your word, including making your own word list of things that matter to you in the new year.

My list looked something like this:

at ease

Now it was time to look through my list and find common threads or themes (fitness, relationships, etc) and then dig to find the essence or feeling behind each group of words.  This step was the most helpful.  It made me really think about what the words meant and what I wanted from them.  As I dug and searched online for connections between words, I kept seeing the word ‘Nourish’ pop up.  After about the 3rd time, I actually looked up the definition and felt like I had struck gold.


verb (used with object)

1. to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.

2. to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.:

He had long nourished the dream of living abroad.

3. to strengthen, build up, or promote:

to nourish discontent among the workers; to nourish the arts in one’s community.

YES!  This is what I wanted for 2017.

This one word encompassed everything I wanted to focus on.

 I want to nourish my:
There is a lot of stuff on that list but instead of being overwhelmed by it, I’m empowered by it.  It isn’t a resolution that is set up for failure, but a road to travel throughout the year.  It provides the template my heart and brain require to get started on any task.  It is the guidepost for decisions and actions throughout the year, but doesn’t attach judgement or a pass/fail label to them.
It is my One Word.
Here’s to a nourished 2017!


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