My One Word for the New Year

I am changing things up this year, no resolutions, just one word for the new year.

It’s a new year, 2018.  I am sitting here wondering where in the world 2017 went?!  In the blink of an eye it was gone.  The fastest year in my 50 year history.  Does anyone else feel that way?!

Our three children each turned a year older, which of course prompted memories of them growing up and regrets for all the time I missed out on while it was happening.  The same is true for our six grand littles.  It’s hard enough at times to believe that we have six, let alone the fact that the oldest of them is going to eleven…ahhhh, where does the time go and how do I slow it down!

The cold hard truth is you can’t slow it down, you can only hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

So for 2018 I am not making any new year resolutions to only let them go by the wayside in a few weeks. No gym membership, no promise of organizing my entire home in a few short weeks.  This year I am taking just one word and making it the cornerstone of everything I do.

I am joining some of my blogging buddies to bring you a little blog hop, all about our one word for the new year.  Be sure to visit them all at the end of this post!

I am changing things up this year, no resolutions, just one word for the new year.

CONNECTED.  I am going to be connected to who and what matter to me the most.

The dictionary says the definition of connected is:

United, joined, or linked.  Having a relationship.

That is what I want to focus on this year.  Being linked to those that matter the most to me and making those relationships better.

As you get older and time passes, you realize how important relationships are.  Making memories to store away in your heart and cherish of your family, your friends, your community.  Before I start crying over my regrets (because that is a whole other post) here is how being connected in 2018 looks to me.

Spending time with and being present in those moments with my family.

Our family has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 11 years and we are all busy with work and commitments of our time that take us away from what is truly important.  The nurturing and growth of our relationships with each other.

So even if it is just a quick phone call or text saying I love you, or a monthly family dinner to bring us all together, I am going to make sure that each and every one of them knows how much I love them.

I want to know everything about each and every one of my children and grandchildren (it is so sad that I don’t feel like I do anymore).  I want to know their likes and dislikes, their favorite video game, their favorite outdoor game to play, and their favorite food.  I want them to know how I care about what they care about.

Supporting and encouraging my friends and my community.

Time slips by so fast and lives can be so busy (there is that whole busy thing again) that we put blinders on to those around us and just keep pushing through.  My best friend moved away two years ago and now we rarely see or talk to each other.

I have friends on facebook that comment and like my posts and I often times don’t do so in return because I am busy doing something else.  I miss wishing someone happy birthday because I didn’t take the time to see who’s birthday it was that day.  I have blogging friends that without fail comment on my posts or interact with my social media and somehow I miss doing it in return.

Now you may think that social media doesn’t count and that it is the downfall of society, but these friendships and the community are genuine and full of caring people.  How wonderful that the internet has made it possible for us to have friends all across the globe!

So, no I don’t plan to spend more time on social media.  I plan to make my time on social media count more.  I plan to connect with friends and community (off line and on line) and grow those relationships and make sure the people know that I truly care about them.


I love blogging!  I have met some wonderful people doing this blogging gig.  I have pushed myself and put myself out there for all the world to see if they find my little blog, lol!

So this year, I want to be connected with you, my readers.  I want to bring you information and inspiration.  To know what goes on in your life, what you struggle with, what makes you happy.  I want us to have a conversation and build a community that supports each other in this journey of living life at 50 and beyond….because




(all shouted from the top of my coffee table with my fist pumping!)

So tell me, what is your one word for the new year?  Let’s start the conversation!

I am changing things up this year, no resolutions, just one word for the new year.

Inspired Maker’s One Word 2018

Focus on What’s Important | Small Home Soul
One word 2018 and the best of 2017 | Honey and Hydrangea
One Word and Those Pesky Resolutions | Farmhouse Made
One Word 2018 – More | The Purple Hydrangea
My One Word for the New Year | SuziGabs
A Heart to Heart – My One Word | 1915 House

Happy 2018!!








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  • Reply
    January 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Oooohhh…I love your word, girlfriend!! Here’s to a 2018 full of connection and meaningful relationships and work! HUGS!

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      January 8, 2018 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you Sarah!! Thank you so much for your support 🙂 HUGS to you my friend 🙂

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    Toni | Small Home Soul
    January 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Yes connections!! They are so important! Everyone is busy busy busy today and growing families are a blessing but it can also make it harder to stay up to date. I love it that you’re going to focus on learning all those things about them! Like you I’ve been online mostly for my blog and connecting with my blogging friends (like you my sweet friend) that I’ve missed seeing posts from family that live a distance away. Social media is wonderful for helping families separated by great distances feel close and more connected. I need to focus more this year on creating memories with those I love, because when we’re old and in our rocking chairs it will be the memories of those we’ve connected with that we cherish the most. <3

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      January 8, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      You are absolutely right my dear friend!! I want lots and lots of memories to keep me company in that rocking chair!!

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    January 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Wow 6 grandkids. That is amazing, and must be so fun!!! I hope you have a wonderful year with great memories.

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      January 8, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you Jessica!! It does keep us on our toes, lol!!

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    January 8, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I-LOVE-THIS!!!!! In this digital age, it is more important than ever to be connected in real life!

    Congratulations on the new blog. I look forward to reading your adventures.


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      January 8, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you my friend!! I think I must be crazy, trying to do two at once, but this one has been calling to me for awhile now 😉 That makes it so much more important to stay connected to the outside world and not get too busy working from behind this computer screen!!

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    January 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Love your word and new blog! Connecting is something I need to work on in 2018. You’ve inspired me to make it a focus. Wishing you much success in 2018.. Susie from The Chelsea Project

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      January 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you dear friend! I have done such a bad job of it in the past, I don’t want to wake up one day when I am 80 and not know anything about my family, lol!!

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    January 14, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    What a perfect word!!! I am so off and on with truly connecting, it’s so hard and so important!! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you this year!!!

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      January 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      It is hard! Especially connecting in a meaningful way, without just texting or sending a message.

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