Savor the New Year

Somehow, we made it to 2017.

I do not do resolutions. I do not try to change everything that didn’t go quite right before January 2nd. I don’t. I cherish my sanity too much.

I do choose a word to focus on for the year. Some years, I remember well. 2014 was BRAVE. 2015 was BUILD. I don’t have a clue what I picked for 2016, but if I were to pick a theme word, it would have been year of GO. I traveled more last year than I ever have, visited more countries, experienced new things. 2016 was one of the best years of my life, but like everything else, it has been packed away like a suitcase.

For 2017, I wanted something different. A word that focused more on being in the moment, than planning out futures and goals and things and forgetting about the now. I’m really good at living in next week and ignoring today. So, my 2017 word needed to be about being fully present in the right now…

I chose  SAVOR for my One Word. I want to savor what is good today, now, this minute. I want to learn to be more impulsive, less held down by plans. I want more everyday memories, less waiting for the perfect moment. This year, I want to savor each day because there is always something good that happens.

What about you? One Word or Resolutions?

One Word 2013

new cold rain plunks down,

ever downward,

the horizon meets the care-worn trees

beckoning the wind-blown sun–

higher, higher, higher.

i feel the rumble of a new year

turning over as we all clinked glasses

cheered on the magic crystal ball

plunging toward newness and endings.

at the moment,

new and old


my way toward

the unknown.

If you have been reading this blog for awhile or if not, you know that I’m not much on resolutions. And I’ve had some success at my One Word tries. Mostly, I picked words that weren’t terrifying or unfamiliar and chalked successes up to something a bit more focused. It is easy to say that this year will be different, but I don’t know if it will or not. All I know is this:

I’m different this year. I’m stronger. I’m braver. 

I want to ignite those passions that have lain dormant for years.

I want to use my voice to ignite louder discussions of grace.

I want 2013 to be the year that I ignite something far bigger than myself.

For my One Word 2013, I chose ignite. Not that wasn’t obvious by now. In some ways, it feels a bit like playing with fire not knowing its potency. And in other ways, it feels like my whole life has been spent knitting this word together like a glove for just a time as this. My words scares and uplifts me, but I’m ready for the journey.