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What’s Your Word for 2017?

istock_000006061268xsmallIt always feels good to get to the other side of the holidays. Decorations put away. Check. Promise not to eat any cookies until February. Check, albeit reluctantly. Make it a good writing year. Check.

Even though one day is pretty much the same as another, and an arbitrary line between December 31st and January 1st doesn’t really mean that much, there’s still something compelling about the idea of a new start, a fresh beginning, new goals. When I look back, it seems that most of my New Year’s goals bleed from one year into the next: be nicer; stay away from the damn cookies; write better; exercise more. Except for the cookie thing, I usually make progress in all of the other areas.

A few weeks ago, I read an article about New Year’s goals and the author suggested that instead of having a list, you just pick one word and let it be your focus word for the 2017. I like that idea. One word points you in a general direction and gives you a touchstone and a reminder. Too, goals tend to get very narrow, whereas vision and intent paint a much larger landscape, setting you up for greater success.

By way of example, the word I chose for 2017 is “fulfillment.” My vision is to know fulfillment in my writing. In my physical activity, in the way that I relate with and to others. Fulfillment can mean that I finally secure a contract with a publisher, and it can also mean that I am fulfilled by my writing whether that happens or not.

Fulfillment is a kind of acknowledgement for the good that has come to me and is yet to come. I’m fulfilled that I can hike in the woods several times a week. I’m fulfilled by a happy and humorous marriage. I will be fulfilled by finishing the revisions on my current manuscript and I will also be fulfilled by working hard in the garden and then taking a nap.

So, fulfillment seemed like the right word for me this year. It has a component of gratitude and acknowledgement. In the year’s first nine days, I’ve returned to the word several times. I have a feeling that the word will continue to inform and help me to hone my vision of living the fulfilled life.

Just one word. There are so many good ones. My husband chose “gratitude” for his word and I am pretty sure that my dog chose the word “wag.”

What one word would best describes what you want for yourself in 2017? Please share with me in the comment section. Happiest of New Years and may you be fulfilled.

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Novelist, essayist, blogger, wife, dog-mommy, dancer, dreamer, grateful.

15 thoughts on “What’s Your Word for 2017?

  1. Beautiful!! I wonder if you will fulfill your cookie urges this year. I never seem to. 🙂
    My word for this year is… listening. Miss you!

  2. loved this! I am thinking of my word– Haven’t quite decided yet…..great thought! Hugs Jenni

    On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 3:42 PM, Stephanie Raffelock wrote:

    > Stephanie Raffelock posted: “It always feels good to get to the other side > of the holidays. Decorations put away. Check. Promise not to eat any > cookies until February. Check, albeit reluctantly. Make it a good writing > year. Check. Even though one day is pretty much the same as anoth” >

  3. Attention. I want to not get lulled into complacency but instead pay attention to what is happening in the world and speak up when I see injustice. I have a tendency to focus more on my own peace and let the others’ slide.

    1. Isn’t it just like a writer to want more productivity in their writing? 😉 I do believe you will create more of it though. So far, you are a force to be reckoned with. Here’s to novel number three, Carrie! I believe in you.

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