A word for the year

This year, for the first time, I’ve chosen a word of the year. I first heard about this idea from Claire Diaz Ortiz during the Work By Design Summit in 2016 and was reminded of it when she posted about her word for 2017, Essential.

I wanted to know more about this concept and so I went looking around for more information. In a nutshell, a word of the year is a single word, rather than a New Year’s resolution, to help with focus, goal setting, and even daily activities and decision making. Cool, right?

It got me thinking… what would my word be? Essential is a good word. In fact, with all the messages I’m getting lately about simplifying and minimalism, essential seems like a pretty great word to focus on. But it wasn’t MY word, and I like to do things my own way. So I started brainstorming.

I had just started again working through the first chapter of Ruth Soukup’s How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul, where she talks about finding your awesome. I made a list of the things I love talking about, reading about, learning about, what gets me excited, and right after stuff about my spiritual journey, came this list: Home decor, design, redecorating; homebirthing, homeschooling, homesteading; the concept of “home” from a cultural standpoint… seeing a pattern?

As you may have guessed, my word is HOME. My one word, the word that will provide me with focus, clarity, direction in my daily activities, and motivation in setting and achieving my and my family’s goals for the coming year and beyond, not to mention a platform on which to base a full year’s worth of blog posts… that word is HOME.

Do you have a word for the year? You can learn more about it here and here and even find your word tribe. Have fun and keep being.