Choosing a Word for the New Year

Resolutions for 2020!  This is the first year that I have not officially come out and said what my New Year’s Resolutions are, and for good reason.  In the past, I have said I am going to lose weight, spend more time in the Word, plan, get my finances in order, etc…  Unfortunately, I have yet to accomplish any of them. Why?

I think the reason this happens is due to my lack of focus on my resolutions.  While I may have the best intentions, I get lost in the day to day activities of life and those resolutions become a thing of the past.   I may start out strong but lose sight of it as soon as I give in to whatever may be calling me – food, sales, etc..

choosing a word for the year

My One Word

Rather than set myself up for failure, I decided this year to focus on a word.   After a little research, I came across a book called My One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.  According to them, resolutions simply do not work for many because our focus is on the person we are tired of being rather than being the person God has designed us to become.  Think about that.

Who I am I tired of being?  As much as this hurts to say, I am tired of being unhealthy.  I am tired of getting winded as I walk long distances.  I am tired of constantly choosing to eat the way I want to rather than the way I should.  But it is far more than just being unhealthy.  I am tired of always playing catch up in my finances, work, and blog.  Oh, my list could go on and on.

Rather than focus on the things I am tired of and trying to change them by setting up resolutions, the authors of My One Word suggest finding a word to “replace broken promises with a vision for real change.  When you choose a single word, you have clarity and focus.  You are moving toward the future rather than swearing off the past.”

Choosing a Word

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So what is my word for 2020?   When I was trying to select a word for 2020, I came up with the phrase- savor the moments. I had heard it on the radio recently and felt that it was what it should be. This is a word/phrase I could get behind! What I failed to see is that it was exactly what I had done in 2019! The reason I wasn’t consistent in the areas mentioned above is that I was busy being present in my life. I really was consistent in just being in the moments of my life.


So I “thought” savor the moments was going to be my phrase for 2020, but it turns out I needed a new one. I had no idea what I would focus on and when I came across this quiz for helping you find your word, I jumped at it! This 7 question quiz revealed my word is gather. At first, I thought this is a joke! My word can’t be gather. That’s not a word I would pick for myself, but God knows better than me. I think He was even trying to show it to me through these pictures I snapped right after Thanksgiving.  My mother and I were shopping at Heirloom Market Co. & Bakeshop and these signs spoke to me. Little did I know I had found my word for 2020 before I was even looking for it.
one-wordDo you have a word for 2020? If not, head over to to discover your word.  You might be surprised that the word they give you is a word you have not considered but it is has been present in your life in some way.

I honestly think that is the key to selecting a word or phrase that needs to do exactly what the authors of My One Word suggest  – finding a word to “replace broken promises with a vision for real change.  When you choose a single word, you have clarity and focus.  You are moving toward the future rather than swearing off the past.”  As I reflect on my year and what the future holds for me, I am tired of locking myself to a set of resolutions or words that I can’t stick with for an entire year.   I am not knocking the one-word idea, but what I am saying is you need to really reflect and set yourself up for success.  There is nothing worse than reflecting at the end of the year on a word that you could not live up to.

So I urge you to really think about your word or phrase for 2020!  Give yourself the gift of one word or phrase that you can live up to like a mission statement.  The mission statement of my blog is to Live-Love-Laugh.  My mission for 2020 is to gather and continue to savor the moments.  Whatever word you select, may it guide you through this coming year to become the person you want to be!


As a way for me to gather, I created a private Facebook group for Christian women that I would love for you to join.  We will begin the year off with the book Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer.  You can join the group here.

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