My WORD for 2017

December 30, 2016 Trish Transforms 28

For the last few years I have chosen a word to focus on for the year.  I find this easier than making a zillion New Year’s resolutions that are thrown out with the Christmas recycling.  Instead I pick a word that means something to me and that I feel will inspire me throughout the year.


My WORD for 2017

My WORD for 2017

This year my word is create.  I have been thinking about what word feels right for 2017 and I keep coming back to this.  Every two months, I intend to focus on one area of my life with the word create in mind.

Why “Create”?

The funny thing about this is that word seems to pick you.  Every year I start with a different word in mind, but it never seems up to be the word I end up with.  Last year, everything keep nudging me towards the word “happy”.  This year, “create” just wouldn’t let me be.  Also the word alone lights up a fire in my belly.  It makes me feel like I can steer my life in a way that energises me.  I always think if the word excites and challenges you, then you are on the right path.

What I want to create:

  • A healthier lifestyle
  • An uplifting morning routine and a relaxing evening routine
  • Content for the blog that excites me
  • Photos that capture moments
  • Memories that I’ll treasure
  • A sitting room that feels more contemporary than my current design

Like a lot of people I am kick-starting the year with a detox and working on a healthier lifestyle.  Like I do every January, but I don’t dread this.  I embrace it.  I look forward to creating a healthier lifestyle after the Christmas indulgences.  Because, I’m excited about trying new recipes, exploring new challenges and discovering new exercise routines.  By the simple addition of the word “create’, this becomes motivational to me and not a hard slog to be endured.

Now that I have committed here to creating a life I love, I am equally motivated to find quirky ways to add create in to my life.

How I plan on staying focused:

  • Adding the word CREATE to my planner every week so it remains in focus
  • Including a section to my Sunday Post on what I tried that week
  • Updates on my creative endeavours on the blog every two months
  • A postcard or post-its on my desk at work that reminds me of my word
  • Making a screen saver for my phone that screams create

I’m excited, and I’m looking forward to 2017.  And I’d encourage you to create a one word plan too; it’s simple, it’s fun and it’s motivating.


Talk to Trish: Do you choose one word plans or new year’s resolutions?  If so feel free to share, I’ d love to hear what you are working on.

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28 Responses to “My WORD for 2017”

  1. Kathryn Trask

    Love your word and how you feel and see it. I think you are right, the word chooses you. I know mine did and it feels totally right, although a little strange (time), I am already finding it very motivating and I think that is a clue to its the one!

    • trish

      Love that word and I could definitely use some of that in my life too. I hope using the word is useful for you, I know it really helps me focus.

  2. Rita @ View From My Books

    Great post, great choice of one word! I like how focused you will stay on it throughout the year in different aspects of your life, home, work, blog, health.

    I have a one word also, but combined it with the first book of 2017 post, to be published on Sunday. I can’t wait for the new year and all the shiny things that comes with it 🙂
    Rita @ View From My Books recently posted…December 2016 in Review

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Great word! I love choosing One Word for the year.

    Last year was my first time choosing One Word. Mine for 2016 was BALANCE.

    My new One Word: HOPE. It seemed to choose me, too…I had some experiences this past year that shook me up a bit. HOPE seemed to sit on my shoulder as I pondered the New Year.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • trish

      Oh I love the word HOPE. It is so positive and full of potential. I hope it brings lots of good things into your life in 2017 Laurel.

  4. Terri M.

    This last year I had a phrase, “Live Within My Passions.” I did that to a certain extent as much as possible…I worked on my blog, connected with more authors, help plan the first-ever-of-its-kind multi-author signing event in my hometown and successfully landed a job working in the bookish industry by the end of the year. 2017 is going to be amazing!

    Terri M. recently posted…My Top 5 Reads from 2016

    • trish

      I remember your post about it. But wow I can’t believe how you really lived by it and how successful it was for you. Well done!

  5. SweetMarie83

    My word for 2017 is also Create! I do Susannah Conway’s Unravelling every year, where you reflect on the year gone by, the year ahead, and choose a word to help you through the year. This year, like you, I kept coming back to Create, even though I had a list of about two dozen possible words. It just encompasses so many things without feeling overwhelming. It’s already motivating me and helping me focus, which I love. I hope you have an amazing 2017 and create a lot of wonderful things in your life, Trish. <3
    SweetMarie83 recently posted…2016: A Year in Review

    • trish

      I am signed up for Susannah’s newsletter but never got time to actually work though it! I just knew what my word should be this year though. That’s fun that we both have the same one and like you I find it very motivating. Enjoy creating and embracing your creativity Marie 🙂

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