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Ushering in the year with a word!

When I was a teenager I believed in New Year’s Resolutions. I chose goals that were totally transformative and impossible. And I did this year after year.

For example, a favourite was, “I want to turn into a tall, thin blonde with straight hair.” Ah yes! Easy peasy.

Truth bombshell revealed. I’m five feet tall and have always had curly hair.

I soon realized if I couldn’t change my height, at least I could change my hair. So, I tried all kinds of methods to straighten my curls. Non worked. So in that era of young women with ideal bodies and ideal hair, I didn’t fit in. And that turned me into a rather grumpy person.

As the years have progressed, I’ve finally moved away from the ‘resolution’ aspect of embracing a new year. Now I want more flexibility and more flow. In fact, the word ‘resolution’ seems kind of tough and harsh to me now.

My new approach is ‘one word’ for each month for 2018.  For the month of January, I’ve chosen the word ‘move’. That is what I need to do. I’ve survived a complex surgery and now it is time to get my body moving and find activities that make me smile and give me joy.

After all, we all need joy in our lives.

What about you? Do you make resolutions for the New Year? What is your approach? I’d love to know.





  1. That’s a great idea, Jodie. Have you picked all your words or are you going to do them each month? I’ve really never been one for resolutions, although I do set goals for myself. I just don’t wait for New Year’s. But I like your technique.

    Happy New Year!

  2. I don’t do resolutions. I do a word/motto – but for the entire year, not by month. My word for 2018 is Generosity. Here’s what I wrote when I came up with it. “The opposite of stinginess, selfishness. Focus on the positives of being generous: good feelings, putting good karma into the world, maybe getting unforeseen benefits back, modeling generosity for others.”
    I wish you good luck with your words. Please wish me good luck with mine!

  3. I agree with the others, and you, Jodie. A word a month sounds awesome.

    My word for January has to be LEARN. It comes as an afterthought, because yesterday, I signed up for 4, yes, you heard that right, 4, online FREE courses.

    Two that will help me at work.
    Two that will help me with my writing. All 4 have to be completed by Feb 13.

    Wow. Definitely “Learn.”

  4. My resolutions were sometimes possible. My New Year’s revolutions were unrealistic. I wanted to be thinner tomorrow. You know, without all the diet and exercise business.

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