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Last year my daughter and I were shopping in an arts district and I found a beautiful sign.

I loved that it was simplistic, made from natural resources, more importantly, wood.

I love wood, and I was drawn in by the simple, yet meaningful word engraved on it …



Inspire My Word Of The Year For 2017 And Why I Have One

I decided that I wanted Inspire to be my word of the year, and more so my mantra.

First I had to know why this word was meaningful to me.

I came to find out I loved it for all the wrong reasons.

Upon buying the plaque, and hanging it over my door, I did not honestly give much thought to the word other than I like getting inspired.

I enjoy the creative process, writing, literature, live theater, music, all things I have been involved in personally.

All things that are inspiring.

It was not until I sat down to write this that it really dawned on me.

The word inspire did not imply me becoming inspired or being inspired.

Rather that I needed to inspire others!

My ego and I would like to think that I have been an inspiring person over the years.

I could sit here and list ways that I feel I have inspired others.

I am sure my daughter and husband would say I have inspired them.

Yet, I had to come back and realize if I am to adopt a word of the year I need it to be a verb, not an adjective to describe me!

Honestly, I do not feel I have truly been inspiring over the last few years, at least not intentionally so.

I think that is what I was looking for in my word of the year, a word in which I could reflect on.

A word that I could find ways to put into action.

So Inspire it is, and now the next step is finding ways in which I can inspire others.

I have a short list worked out in my head.

Although with me, nothing is “real” until it is on paper, written out, as to truly put my thoughts, feelings, and desires into a manifestation mode.

There is something about putting pen or pencil to paper that makes it more real, more valid, more personal.

It’s like you transform something from a thought, or intention, into an action by writing it.

Inspire means to stimulate, encourage, motivate, influence, and energize.

I suppose as a blogger I have been able to do a few of these things for others.

Inspire also means to inhale and breathe.

That makes it perfect as a mantra and for meditation.

It also means to create a positive feeling in another person. I want to do more of that!

Inspire My Word Of The Year For 2017 And Why I Have One

Why have a word of the year at all?

For me, it is about having a singular focus to come back to when everything else feels loopy or out of control.

Usually, I am not one for making resolutions.

I would not make promises I am not 100% sure I can keep to a stranger, family, or friend, so why should I do that to myself?

A focus word allows me to make it whatever I want it to become, as long as it is positive.

If I wish I can make Inspire an action through volunteering, what I write on my blog, what I say to others, or anything really, but I feel it has a much larger scope, the ability for a much bigger impact than resolving to something.

Resolve, and resolution has many negative connotations if you ask me, and often times fail.

A focus word or word of the year allows us more freedom.

No that is not an “out” that is simply a manner of looking at it.

For all we know, I may inspire someone to keep their New Years Resolution.

Do you have a word of the year?

I would love to hear what it is and why.

If not, do you plan to have a word of the year for the coming year?

Leave me a comment, please.



  1. December 7, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Amazing post !
    This is the reality that, Inspire means to stimulate, encourage, motivate, influence, and energize.
    Thank a lot for this inspirational post!

    • December 7, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much Sharon! I am excited to post my word of the year for 2018 soon as well! It’s hard to beat inspire though.

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