2017: word of the year

I’m a little late to the party when it comes to ringing in the new year, but hey – it’s still January, right?

I didn’t make any real resolutions this year in the traditional sense of the word, and here’s why. While I’ve made a commitment to myself to do things like work on being healthier (so far I’ve gotten a workout in for 19 of the first 23 days this year (!) and am plowing slightly straggling through “dry January”), to really dive back into this blog, and to be better at nurturing my long-distance friendships – those are all things I’ve just decided to be better about. Instead, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of choosing a word of the year instead.

I found out about this practice a little late into the game, so I was a tad behind on realizing that this was something I was passionate about doing. Because of that, I spent the first few weeks of 2017 debating exactly which word was the word that I wanted to stick to for a whole year. I spent some time meditating on words like, “simplify” and “present”, when I realized that my thoughts were pointing to the word I had been searching for all along.


In 2017, I have decided that I want to do all (or you know, as many as possible) things with intention.

intentional : (adj.) done on purpose, deliberate

For a while now I’ve felt a little lost. Well, maybe lost isn’t the right word to describe it, so much as adrift.

Now that I’ve graduated college and spent a full year in the “real world”, I’ve come to that point in my life that a wide majority of my friends and peers are getting married and making other life-changing decisions. While I’m so incredibly thrilled for them and excited to watch this next chapter in their journeys unfold… It’s not a great feeling when the eyes turn to you with the “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” question and you aren’t quite sure how to answer.

Which brought me to the word ‘intentional.’ How is what I am doing, and how are the choices I am making, moving me forward and toward wherever it is I do see myself in 5 years?

So, here we are.

In 2017, I resolve to be more intentional.

Instead of making vague resolutions that are damn near impossible to quantify, I am choosing to be more intentional in the things I do, the things I say, and the decisions that I make.

Instead of making extremely concrete resolutions that make it so easy to quit when I fail, I am choosing to hold myself to a standard of grace and not perfection.

Maybe it will be a great idea, or maybe it will be less effective than I hope for, but either way it will be a year-long work in progress. Because even if I don’t have a concrete vision for where I see my life in 5 years from now, living with intention will build a foundation for wherever this journey takes me.

I’ll be checking in throughout the year to give some progress updates, and to share how i am putting my “word of the year” into practice throughout the rest of 2017!


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