My Word For 2017

My Word For 2017

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he whole ‘word for 2017’ thing is something that I’ve seen a lot of over the last two weeks. Instead of making a load of awkward, impossible resolutions, the idea is that you give yourself one word to focus on throughout the year, in everything you do.

Now, I’m not normally one for things like this. I like to be practical and have set goals and plans, and not reliant on a concept or theory to make me happy. This whole word of the year thing really isn’t my jam – or so I thought.

This year the posts about everyone’s excellent words have really inspired me to think of my own little word that I can just think of when moving forward.

So I sat down and had a little think about all the things I wanted to get done in 2017. All the day to day stuff like living healthily and happily, all the harder stuff like getting myself a good degree and thinking about the future. Everything led back to success, both personal, academic or professional. This is when I thought of it.

This year I want to shine.

SHINE (verb)

1. to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light.
2. to be bright with reflected light; glisten; sparkle.
3. (of light) to appear brightly or strongly, especially uncomfortably so.
4. to be or appear unusually animated or bright, as the eyes or face.
5. to appear with brightness or clearness, as feelings.
6. to excel or be conspicuous.

The little dictionary definition above just sums it up perfectly. I want to stand out and glow and excel and generally do bloody well. That’s not to say that failure won’t come, and oh boy it will, but when it does it’ll just matter less. I’m gone to shine.

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  • Kristien Kellens says:

    What a great word to work towards!
    I’m joining in to this whole word-of-the-year thing for the first time as well. I have to say it feels quite liberating not to work towards a set of resolutions.

  • woodenwindowsills says:

    What a wonderful word to choose. I like the sound of it because it not only reflects on what you want for yourself but evokes the idea that your shine will cast over everyone around you too! Made me think of when someone lights up a room when they walk in! Alice xxx

    • Imii Mace says:

      It’s a word that has been stuck in my head for a while now. Not for any particular reason, but it’s nice now to add some meaning behind it! My goal is just to glow, inside and out, and I’m so excited! Happy new year! x

  • Aimee Julia says:

    I hadn’t even heard of this “word of the year” thing until this post! But I actually think it’s quite a neat idea – although it could never replace my goals. I might have to come up with a word of my own now. I think Shine is a fantastic one, and I’m sure you will SHINE! x x

  • Anna H says:

    I love the idea of having a word to live by for the year rather than a set goal – it’s a little bit different and not as limited as a strict list of resolutions! I chose the word ‘acceptance’ last year and it was so nice to have one thing to come back to no matter what I was going through that reminded me what I wanted to achieve.

    All the best for 2017!

    Anna xx | The Girl In The Moon

  • Nana says:

    That’s a lovely choice of word to aim for. To be honest though, I think you’ve been shining since I found your blog 🙂 Keep on shining in 2017!

  • Lucy says:

    This is such a great word to take forward into 2017 – I feel like its a word I’d like to think about throughout the year too!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Joana says:

    That is such a lovely word – I hope your 2017 is full of success 🙂 I was quite skeptical about the whole “word for the year” last year, too, but after reading a few blog posts, I finally understood the concept and decided to give it a try in 2017. Mine is brave as a way to stop letting fear control every decision I make. x

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