My Word!!! My One Word for 2018. What Is Yours?

It is (beyond) time for the One Word of the year.  I have been doing this since 2013 and make a GIGANTIC deal out of my word as I know I want it to be valid for the year – come what may.

2017 word was SHINE and as you can see by last years post, it fell into my lap in a remarkable way and when I had the word – I knew it was the word.  SHINE has served me amazingly well, and really stuck with me through the year as I continued to find a way to move forward with the tragedy that hit my family in 2015.  Many people sent SHINE things through the year which make me smile to even think about it.  What an amazing support team I have! 

This year, words were suggested that were great ideas – but didn’t quite fit what I thought would be what I needed for where I am in this world.  It wasn’t until this morning as I thought about the new things I would be doing in 2018, the physical challenges I had signed up for including my first half marathon (yeah… I said first) and my first 7 days bike ride across Iowa and then I knew…



Definition:  An experience is something that you do or that happens to you, especially something important that affects you.  

the act of living through an event or events; personal involvement in or observation of events as they occur, anything observed or lived through

For me, I look at this new year as an opportunity to experience new things.  To taste, to travel, to feel, to push myself, to EXPERIENCE whatever life has to offer.  If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that life is short and it is precious.  None of us know if there is a tomorrow (or what tomorrow will bring).   We need to live well and to the fullest today.  Every day is an opportunity to experience something new – to choose to move out of our comfort zone and BE and DO.

I am well aware that my own life circumstances have brought me to this opinion on how we (I) should live.  Your life circumstances may be completely different as well as your choices of what to do with your time on this earth.

I ask again, for the 4th year on this site, please consider doing One Word with me.  Here is a site with a list of words to start you thinking.  When you choose your word – say it out loud to everyone.  Own it.  The more you place it in your life, the better it will stick and become truly your motivational inspirational direction of the year.

I recently wrote an article in the local Her Voice magazine about One Word.  They are now taking submissions of people telling them the word they have chosen for 2018 and they will post them in the February printing of the magazine.  Here is a link to that Facebook post if you would like to be part of the article.

Feel free to submit your own word below.  I would love to cheer you on!

40 thoughts on “My Word!!! My One Word for 2018. What Is Yours?

      1. For some reason, I’m unable to submit the form. So here’s my response to the question: “Why did you choose your word and what do you hope your word will bring in 2018?”

        When I consider “legacy,” I think about kindling within my children’s minds a desire to experience enduring spiritual aliveness, relational fulfillment, financial freedom, and adventure.

  1. Last year’s Word was *simplify*, and that was BEFORE we found out a move and a 50% cull was in our future.:)

    This year is LIGHT. “The light of the body is the eye. Therefore, if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light“ Matthew 6:22 (Modern English Version)

  2. I love that you were ahead of the game in choosing a word for the year. I just began doing it in 2017 with the word focus since I was feeling pretty scattered a year ago. This year my word is persevere as I am going to push myself a bit in 2018.

  3. I got a new super-soft oh-so comfy hoodie for Christmas and it says “In a world where you can be anything . . . Be kind”!! This will be my new go-to hoodie as well as my mantra for 2018. So I’m thinking KIND is my word for the year!

  4. That is a good word. My word for this past year was Discover. I’m not sure I will do a One Word this year, I seem to spend a lot of time on finding he word but not a lot of time focusing on it throughout the year.

  5. I absolutely love this tradition Sheila! While I am making goals for this new year, I’ve created them with my one word – Cultivate – in mind.

  6. You are going to do RAGBRAI???? That’s awesome! It’s such an amazing week. I’ve never done it but it has gone through our small town of 700 and was so much fun. My sister-in-law and her husband ride it every year. I’m hoping the route goes near us this year! I love your word! I think I have mine, but I want to sit on it a couple more days to be sure. You inspire me for how you have overcome your deep grief. It never leaves, but you have chosen to live and it inspires me. Happy New Year Sheila!

    1. LOL yes I am doing it 😉 Crazy but exciting. Thank you Stacy for your kind words. I carry that grief with me every day, I have just learned to function with it by my side. I do each day for my son. He was such a go getter and now I look at how he lived and find inspiration to do the same.

  7. I too have been doing the One Word for many years. I would be happy to share my word with you, it’s peace for 2018

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