A Word to Define a Year

colorful word joy

It’s been at least six or seven years since I started participating in the MY ONE WORD project. I’ve always thought long and hard about the words I want to choose to define my years…and I’ve picked some big ones.

Experience (2011)
Intentional (2012)
Ready (2013)
Pursuit (2014)
Forward (2015)
Progress (2016)
Trust (2017)
Peace (2018)

Each word has shaped that year in some way. Some have been big changes and some have been small. Some have been good years. Some have been hard.

But, as I thought about 2019 and what I want the next 12 months to look like, one word kept jumping to mind. It wasn’t a word that I at first thought would be challenging. It wasn’t a word that needed to be put out into the universe. But, the more I thought about other words, “harder” words, the more I realized the right word was already there:

colorful word joy

2019 is a year to link all my previous years of this project together. This is the year I choose to experience joy. This is the year I choose to be intentional about pursuing joy in my life. This year I am ready for joy. This year I will lean forward into a life of joy and trust the progression of my heart from overwhelmed to joyful. This year I will find peace in joy.

Joy isn’t about being happy all the time to me. It’s about finding reasons to delight in the world, in the people, in the moments that make up my time on earth. It’s about a deeper happiness than what is seen in moments of good things. It’s about finding joy in the simple and the spectacular.

So, in 2019 I choose joy as the word to embrace and define my year.

What is your one word?


  1. Lovely. I am vacillating between Growth or Transformation (Change is in the running too, honestly).

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