A Word to Live By in the New Year

Over the past several years, you may have noticed people foregoing the time-honored New Year’s resolution for a newer tradition: choosing a Word of the Year. Basically, you choose ONE word that represents what you hope to experience or demonstrate over the next 12 months.


The word you choose acts as your guide. It helps you set goals and stay focused on what’s important to you, and it brings you back into alignment when you get off-track.


So, I decided to jump on the Word of the Year bandwagon and give it a try. I brainstormed a list of words and then just kept eliminating til I chose ‘the one.’


Here are some of the words I considered:


word of the year



In the end, I chose…………………ACHIEVE.


When I thought about each word, I paid attention to how it felt energetically. If it didn’t resonate with me, I eliminated it. I thought about what I felt was lacking this past year and what I wanted to be different in 2015. As you know, it was a rough year for me personally. I’m ready for a fresh start, growth, change, and inner peace. And I can ACHIEVE all of those things and more. The word encompasses so much potential and already makes me feel a sense of accomplishment!


Of course, only time will tell if this ‘one word’ method really works to motivate me. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress throughout the year.


Who else wants to join me in choosing a word for 2015? Leave your ONE word in the comments below. Feel free to say a little something about why you chose it, too.


Next week, I’m taking a break from blogging to spend time with my family and rest up before all my ACHIEVING starts.


Happy Holidays! I wish you and your family all good things in the coming year. Here’s to LESS DRAMA and MORE MAMA in 2015!


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  • Laura

    My word is “JOY”
    Life now, at my stage, is a series of joys. I get those joys from my girls (daughters, granddaughters, sisters, nieces, girlfriends) as well as from “boys” (there are some of those too!!) I have joy from my work, my home, books, TV, sports, beautiful skies, cute animals, pretty flowers. As a matter of fact, there is JOY everywhere in my life. My goal this year is to gather in all of these joys.

    • Pam Howard

      I wish you oodles and oodles of JOY in 2015!

  • Rhiannon

    LOVE this Pam!
    I would have to say PRESENT.
    I hope to be amazingly present each day this year.
    Wishing you a brilliant 2015. xo

  • Tippy

    Like the groundhogs in that game at Chuck E Cheese…spiteful people keep trying to bop me, but I pop right back up!

    • Pam Howard

      Oh, you mean the whack-a-mole! What a great visual, Tippy. Your theme song can be “I Get Knocked Down” by Chumbawamba:)

  • Christina

    My word is brave.
    Merry christmas

    • Pam Howard

      YES!!!! Christina, you are! Merry Christmas to you, too:)

  • Helen Butler

    Ooh, ACHIEVE is a great word Pam!! You should be proud of all you’ve achieved this year as well – I know it’s been tough for you.

    This year I’ve done things a little differently. I’ve used words for the past two years – in 2013 I had EMERGE; 2014 was VOICE – but this year I’m going with a phrase!

    I”m going with “Queen of Fabulousness”!

    I know this sounds funny but this was used to explain me in a forum I highly respect so I thought why not use it for 2015? It brings a smile to my face every time I say it!

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