My word for 2017  

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Last January, I had every intention of finding a work/life balance and settled on an interesting choice of words to ring in the new year—FOCUS (you can read that post here if you like!).

For the most part, it was a year of extraordinary change—on both a personal and professional level. On a personal level, I lost and gained some friends. Some friendships I was very sad to see end; others not so much. Back in July my mom became very ill and landed in the hospital but it was a sobering reminder to us all that life is precious and sweet and she has since reduced her workload, thankfully. I did some travel—not much, but a trip to Amsterdam kept me sane and there were a few quick road trips with friends and weekend getaways with Bryan. I wrote more. I saw my friends as often as possible. I tried to find that elusive balance that keeps slipping through my fingers with the passage of time.

Focus, Charlotte.

On a professional note, this blog saw an increase in sponsorships, collaborations, and giveaways. Though I sometimes still struggle with scheduling posts and upkeep, I’ve been chipping away at this little online space piece by piece and slowly growing my monthly traffic. My professional blog, on the other hand, completely took a backseat. Simply not enough time. I also moved into an entirely new realm in my career and transitioned from simply providing support to team leads to becoming an account manager. There were some hurdles that came with this career change, but I’ve settled in, finally.

So, how did I do with FOCUS, you ask?

I lost focus through a lot of 2016, if I’m being perfectly honest. I was all over the place—in life and in my career. It was maybe a poor choice of words to encapsulate a year that saw a lot of change. Or maybe it was the perfect choice, but I just fell short of meeting some personal goals. That’s okay, too. Regardless, I want to take a simpler approach to 2017—and so I’d like my word for 2017 to be SIMPLE.

Simple I can do. It’s also a word that fills me with hope, which to be honest, I kind of lost towards the tail end of 2016 (anyone else?). Simple reminds me to stay present, to be ever grateful, to appreciate the little things and smell the flowers, and to take absolutely nothing for granted.

Do you have a word for 2017, and what are you most excited about in the New Year?

13 Comments… add one
Nicole December 29, 2016, 12:03 PM

Love this. I think my word for 2017 will be BREATHE.
It ties in to so many things i need to do… to stop putting so much pressure on myself, to stop trying to do a million things at once. To slow down. To be kinder to myself.

Happy New Year, my love. ❤

Chrissy December 29, 2016, 2:29 PM

I love SIMPLE – it’s a wonderful word for the New Year! I will share my word in January. But I have it and I think it will suit me well.
Hugs xxx

Kim December 29, 2016, 3:25 PM

Last year my word was push. I wanted to push myself in every aspect of life. The year started out great but after school started, I stopped. I do feel like I pushed through a lot of my health problems. But almost everything else slipped and I have been so hard on myself about it. This year Im choosing “self”. I spend so much time loving everyone else I forgot how to love myself! This year I will change that. Happy New Year Love! I hope it is an amazing one for you!

lisa thomson December 29, 2016, 4:23 PM

OMGosh, I love ‘simple’. That’s a brilliant word choice Charlotte as it applies to everything in life. Simple is always better. My word is dream and actually a phrase. I stole it from a Louis Armstrong song; a kiss to build a dream on BUT I say, a year to build a dream on. Here’s to 2017!!

Sharon December 29, 2016, 4:57 PM

What a great word for 2017! I think mine would be CONFIDENT. This will be a major year of change but I need to have confidence in myself for those changes to occur successfully. Wish me luck!

Shannon December 29, 2016, 6:36 PM

I love this charlotte…. I think it’s interesting how you talked about how hard balance is and then you chose the words focus and simple- I think if we can find the perfect balance between both of these things, focusing on what is important to us, working hard to improve upon ourselves, etc all while keeping our lives simple and staying in the present, then that is wonderful. I hope that made sense lol

Jenny December 29, 2016, 8:59 PM

My 2017 word is visibility. January 2nd is the day I go full time with my social media consulting business so I want to make it the best year ever for my biz.

Lecy | A Simpler Grace December 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

Gosh, 2016 was a hard year for so many. I found it difficult to maintain focus throughout the year as well and am hoping to have better luck staying the course in the new year. I LOVE your word for 2017! SIMPLE is something that sounds so elementary but it can encompass every aspect of our lives. I hope you have a lovely (and simple) new year! <3

Shybiker December 30, 2016, 10:08 AM

Good choice — simple encapsulates the principle you’re seeking. I hope you find joy in the new year!

Bashfully Bold December 30, 2016, 11:47 AM

I’ve settled on NOURISH – after a year of moving to the other side of the world, feeling like every last drop of stamina, resilience and drive has been squeezed out of me, I am going to make 2017 a year of feeding all the parts of me and my life that have been neglected and are crying out for attention. xxx

Divya @ Eat Teach Blog December 30, 2016, 7:18 PM

Simple is my word for 2017 too 🙂

I think it is exactly what I need at this time in my life. <3

ShootingStarsMag December 30, 2016, 9:29 PM

I really love the idea of a word for the new year, instead of set resolutions. I’ve never done one, but I think a good one for 2017 would be “Perseverance”. I think it’s suitable for my blog and my life and things that I want to do and accomplish in the new year.


Akaleistar December 30, 2016, 10:37 PM

I love the idea of a simple 2017. So much happened this year that reminded me how cluttered my life is with things that do not matter. Time to change that!

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