word of the year 2017

2017 Word of the Year

Happy New Year, everyone! Can you believe it is 2017? The Christmas decorations are packed and put away and I feel like the house itself took a deep breath as if to say, “Ahhhh. I can breathe again.” Life in general has slowed down before I head back to the office and the girls get back to school. I’m loving the opportunity to take pause, look back to see how the year went and to allow myself to slow down a little. Of course as with any new year, a lot of resolutions are filling my social feeds. I don’t necessarily do them myself but I have done a word of the year. It helps bring me back to center when I need that kick in the pants. I skipped it last year, but for 2017 I’m bringing it back.

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2016 phew

2016 was a whirlwind for us. I feel like I blinked and the year was over. I left a job that had me gone all of the time. It was a wonderful experience with great people, but it was time to move on so I did just that. Serendipity came into play then I took another position in the blogosphere.

But still…

There were things I wanted to do and some personal aspirations I stepped away from that perhaps I shouldn’t have. It may have been fear or bad timing; perhaps a mixture of both, but as I thought of my word of the year, I knew it had to be something that was poignant and meaningful. It had to be a reminder to make like a Nike and Just Do It. So I thought about it and three little letters came to mind.

Word of the Year 2017

A-C-T. Act.

My word of the year is act. Not the kind of acting you see on Broadway 😉 . I mean act upon that which motivates and genuinely interests me. Often I hold back with excuses of lack of time or fear of failure, but what’s the worst that can happen? From the small stuff like acting upon the need to relax to the bigger things I want to do like taking on more clients, I’m going to act. I won’t worry about tomorrow, but I can act TODAY. And you know what? I implemented my word and already it’s paying off (more to come).

To all of you, I’m hoping you act on the things you want to accomplish and I’m wishing much love, good health and laughter to you and yours this year! See you soon. xoxo, Heather

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  • Valerie

    I think that’s a great word. We aren’t doing words this year. We are just chilling. I’m impressed you have your decor down. Happy New Year. You will rock it.

  • Melissa Jennings

    My word for 2017 is CHANGE. We are moving so this is a big year for us. We are going “home” after 21 years. We are building a custom home and selling our home and moving closer to my family. We can’t wait to see where this journey takes us. Time to enjoy this 2nd chapter.

    • Heather

      Congratulations! That is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking. I totally understand as we left San Diego for my husband’s rural Northwest Arkansas in July of 2015. It was a change indeed! All the best on your homebuilding adventure, too!

  • censie

    Okay, I am a slacker this new year. FOr some reason 2017 really snuck up on me. I have not thought of my word of the year and I havent even made any new year goals. I do like your word though. A great word that should help you in the new year on so many levels.
    As I sit here, I think my word of the year will be complete.
    I want to be complete – in my job, my blog, myself, my family and my home.
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  • Bites for Foodies

    I love how you are stating positive affirmations as opposed to talking about regret and making resolutions! I believe wholeheartedly in serendipity and I’m sure that you are much happier now than you were at your previous job!

  • Debra Schroeder

    ROFL, wait are you sure you didn’t mean act as in acting. 🙂 I’m not picking a word for 2017. I’ve never done it. And I can’t figure out what one word I’d like to act on. (pun intended). But I am setting some short term goals that I hope to accomplish.

  • Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking

    I am usually really on top of things for the New Year, but this year I am falling behind. I’m a goal setter typically, but I really like the idea of having a word to focus on all year long instead. I really like your word act — I know I need to act on my things this new year.
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  • Phoebe @ Getting Freedom

    2016 was definitely one of those years that I was happy to see go. But with that said, it went a little to fast for my liking and I’m left in disbelief that it is already January and here I am with no goals or plans for the new year. I think I’ll take your word and ACT upon making my goals! 🙂

  • Jen

    I’ve never really gotten into finding a word of the year but I certainly love yours! I also don’t usually make resolutions but this year I made some intentions that I think I can keep and that will enrich my life more. Anyway I hope you have an amazing 2017!

    • Heather

      Aw thank you. I look back at 2016 and I am like, “What just happened?” It’s a blur. I’m ready to focus more. I like the guarantee focus!