One Word.

In my last post, I took some time to reflect on the last year and all of the blessings, challenges, joys, and lessons it held. While it’s important to look back from time to time, it’s so much more important to look forward. So today, I want to look ahead.

I’ve never been really big on making New Year’s Resolutions. I’m driven and focused by nature, so I regularly have some sort of goal to strive toward anyway. And I understand my weaknesses enough to know that I need to stop putting so much pressure on myself about expectations.

But I absolutely love the idea of a ‘new start’, that ‘first page of a new chapter’ that a new year brings, and I like to harness that energy toward something positive.

So when I read about OneWord365 on SheLoves, it was like a lightbulb moment: the perfect way to give myself a focus for the year without all of the ‘shoulds‘.

What is One Word? Simple. Choose one word as a focus for 2013: one word that sums up who you want to be, or a character trait you want to develop, or anĀ attribute you want to intentionally add to your life. Use this word to live intentionally. Place reminders around your home, be mindful of it, and soon you will see it shape your decisions and challenge you, inspire you, and change you.

My word for 2013: BOLD. This year, I strive to let boldness permeate every aspect of my life. And I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

What will your One Word be? (Share in the comments, I’d love to cheer you on!) Maybe your word came to mind instinctively. Maybe you need to think about it a while. Either way, it will come to you. And when it does, grab hold.

Here’s to 2013. Make it awesome! <3


My word – Grace.


Free! :)

Andrea Lumpkin


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[…] While I do enjoy setting goals and challenging myself, I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Those things are just doomed to fail by March, seriously. Instead, each year I choose one word to live by. This word sums up something I want to focus on or a certain way I want to live, and acts as a reminder of that intentionality throughout the year. (Read more about One Word 365 here or check out what my word was in 2013.) […]

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