A New Year, A New Word

We are a week into 2021, and I haven’t quite settled on a focus word for the year yet. When I relinquished the idea of setting New Year’s resolutions a few years ago and decided instead to choose a word, it was easy. (And certainly easier than setting a NYR.) In 2019, my focus word was SIMPLIFY. I did that. In 2020, my word was simply FOCUS. The idea being that I would be more intentional about making time for and devoting my attention to the things and people that are most important in my life. I did that, too.

This year, I was thinking about choosing JOY. There is so much weighing us down these days. I thought that if I focused on the simple things in life–like love, nature, music–it would ease some of the emotional burden and remind me to look up and around and wonder at the world again.

Then I remembered all the things I wanted to accomplish this year. Maybe my word should not be a noun but a verb. I know someone who chose EXECUTE as her word last year. That could work for me.

But I still like JOY and want more of it in my life. I could combine the two: EXECUTE JOY.

I’ll think on it a little more. It should become clear soon.

Good luck choosing your own word. If nothing else, thinking about it helps us know our priorities.

About Amy Nicholson

A busy wife and mother pausing to ponder the beauty and complexity of life and share it with words.
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1 Response to A New Year, A New Word

  1. JaneMBailey says:

    Love this—Execute Joy❤️


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