2017 – What’s in a Word?

2017 – What’s in a Word?

I’ve never been a fan of new year’s resolutions.  So 5 years ago, I decided to take up a challenge I found on the internet––the one word challenge. The concept is to find a word to take into the new year. One that will give you focus on who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that will help shape your year.
I spend more time than I should looking for THE word. This year has been no different and after much deliberation, I’ve found my word for 2017; Dawn. This should have been on my radar a lot sooner, it is my middle name, but wasn’t until I saw the verb definitions that I knew I had my word.
Dawn (v.)  1. to begin to appear, develop, etc.  2. to begin to be understood or felt  3. grow light in the morning (I’m not sure how I can do that but it sure sounds cool).
I’ve been a back row sitter for as long as I can remember. I get nervous just thinking about being in front of a group of people or having to lead. This year I want to change that. I want to have a voice and be seen. Even saying that on this page makes me sweat a little.  So this year, DAWN is coming with me as I head into 2017. I’ll write it down and put it in my pocket. And when I need to, I’ll pull it out as a compass and get realigned. And in the end, maybe I will figure out how to grow light in the morning…
What word would you choose? I’d love to know.

  • Nice blog entry. Honest, I highly respect that. The ability to write & publish what you wrote, is more than half the battle. You can do anything you put your mind to and I have no doubt that this is your “Dawn”. From one back row sitter to another, “been there – done that”. Be happy.

    December 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm
  • Mary izzo

    Wow! What an encouraging piece. I feel positive that 2017 will be unique and like you, I’m not much for New Years resolutions. I shall think long and hard about my “word.” When I find it, I would like to comment back. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

    I also loved the photo you used for “Dawn.” It looks like a road leading to uncertainty, but isn’t that what we face every day? Taking that step forward even though we’re afraid is the most positive thing we could do.

    December 16, 2016 at 9:46 pm
  • sarah leonard

    I don’t have a word but am thinking (intermittently) Thanks so much, Carmen for suggesting this path. I tend to spin off in all directions so to choose a focal point is a great idea.
    Reaching a middle way between freneticism and passivity is difficult, intellectualizing can be an escape, so with all that in mind I shall ponder seriously to discover what feels like the 2017 word. When I have it I’ll let you know (but I’d love the visual to go along with the word as you have done.) That is stunning.

    December 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm

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