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2018 | word of the year

I have been so excited to share this post with you since…before Thanksgiving? That’s when my word for 2018 hit me. It was one of those moments of complete clarity and 100% at peace. Funny, as that’s how I hope to live 2018 thanks to this intention!

One of my favorite quotes to consider as the year comes to a close is by Zora Neale Hurston, from her book Their Eyes Were Watching God: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” What I’ve found is that there are years that are for growing and years that are for maintaining. One year is about working towards the future while the next is about appreciating the present. One for action, one for surrender.

In 2017, I exemplified my word of the year – Forge. I set out to fearlessly create a new path, to travel and get physical, and to build new connections. I got off to a running start taking four months to write the workbook of my dreams (maybe you’ve heard of it!). I was technically on my first trip of the year as the clock struck midnight and Dago and I enjoyed Nashville for the first time, followed by six more trips to new places over the course of the year. I went to the gym for the first time in 2017 and ended up joining as a member shortly after. Between my career and my blog, I made some of the best connections of my life this year. So many meaningful friendships and some pinch-me-is-this-really-real opportunities too.

2017 was all about moving forward, and I think it’s safe to say I was successful. I’m so happy, but I’m also very tired. In the fall, I went back to therapy (honestly one of the best decisions I made this year) and I scaled back my personal workload. Funny how clarity came with rest and reflection.

I started craving calm more than anything, and it’s no wonder after all the hours I put in this year forging ahead. As soon as the word Steady came to me, I felt an overwhelming sense of calm. For me, steady is about slowing down and it’s about continuing. In 2018, I plan to keep progressing, but at a slower pace. Life, writing, success, happiness, friendship – they’re all marathons, not races. I’m going to keep doing the work and keep showing up, but not without rest and care and joy. My identity has become entirely tangled in what I do. This year, I want to do less and be more.

What are you going to be, or do, in 2018? Do you set a word of the year, a mantra, or resolutions? If you blogged about your 2018 intention, join the link-up below and link back here. Otherwise, share in the comments below!

P.S. Tomorrow will be the first monthly small goal link-up of the year!

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  • I love this idea!

  • Amanda M

    Your post last year about choosing a word is actually what inspired me to pick one for 2018! My word for this year is embrace because I want to create a habit of moving toward rather than away.

  • Harper Yi

    First off, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, WHAT A CLASSIC. That’s one of my top 5 books that Changed Me.

    Secondly, you seriously nailed your 2017 word. Way to go, for real. I recommend your workbook to like, everyone who asks me about clothes.

    Thirdly, I LOVE STEADY. I feel like the way men/capitalism have commodified “growth” is super gross. It aims to defy the natural order of balanced highs/lows and life cycles and wreaks havoc on our health at every scale. Growing for the sake of growing at a faster rate forever is nonsensical and it minimizes the fact that to make a fire burn bigger you have to use more fuel– and that’s usually the health and labor of oppressed people. Steady is so beautiful because it says we can have it all and we can do well and also be at peace. We are valuable intrinsically, not because we doubled this or maximized that. We are valuable and can be satisfied in small successes and even just maintenance of our blessings. Way to pick a rad intention for 2018!

  • Jen

    I love the idea of doing less and being more. This is a desire I’m trying to find room for as I look to make changes in life and career this year–having the time and space to feel like myself, to get out of the rat race.