What’s your 2019 word?

by Kathryn Jane

New Year’s Resolutions? Nope, never been a thing for me.

But five or six years ago I stumbled upon the idea of having a word for the year–something to focus on–and I liked it.

Gratitude, Love, Kindness, Smile, and Joy were among my choices between then and now,  and I honestly don’t remember the order except that Joy was last year’s word.

2019 however, became a bit of a conundrum because I just wanted to rehash the old ideas I’d loved so much. They were easy to embrace, and they actually changed how I live my life. They are the backbone of who I am.

But I still needed a new word for this year.

I tossed around be as in, be strong, be real, be me, be bold…. And open, as in open-minded, open-hearted, open to new ideas, open to discussion…

They both seemed to be “good” choices and I could feel righteous with either one of them, but is that what I wanted?

I pondered while the days were counting down, and mentioned my dilemma to a friend who wisely said I shouldn’t worry, because it would come to me when the time was right.

And it did.

This morning, while I was driving through beautiful farmland on my way to feed a colony of feral cats, the word “laughter” popped into my head. I said it out loud, and then I laughed. And laughed again. It was so perfect.

Laughter is wonderful for the soul, and the mind, and according to science, for the body as well. I feel lighter when I laugh. The world seems brighter, and a little laughter often leads to lots more.

So that’s it. My savvy friend was right. What I needed came to me and now I’m looking forward to a  year filled with laughter!

And what about you? Have you chosen your word yet? Please share with us!

Kat loves crisp sunny days, the warm breath of a horse, cats with a sense of humor, the smell of the ocean, and her very own charming prince—in no particular order.   http://kathrynjane.com


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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Excellent post! My word for 2019…Evolving. 🙂

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  2. Vicki says:

    I hadn’t thought about a word for any year. I like “healthy.” We’ve had Handsome’s health challenges over the past three years and now, seem to be turning a corner.

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    1. Kathryn Jane says:

      Sounds like a perfect choice 🙂 and congrats on turning that corner!


  3. snowmedic1111 says:

    I always love your upbeat posts, Kat. Mine would be “hope” in the sense of working past current distractions to write the way I need to.

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    1. Kathryn Jane says:

      A great word choice, and goal 😀


  4. Kathryn Jane says:

    Reblogged this on Mystery and Romance and commented:

    2019 … it’s a Word…


  5. I’m big about writing down actual goals down. Sometimes in categories. But I like the idea of a word for the year. This year is “regroup.” I need to pull back a look at things I’m doing to see if I still want to do them. How can I best use my time? When if I get that settled, maybe I’ll pick a new word, but for now this is it. Great post, Kathryn.I’ve shared.

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    1. Kathryn Jane says:

      Excellent word, Marsha, I’m doing some regrouping myself 😀 thanks for sharing!


  6. Karen L Tanchak says:

    My word is ‘minimize! Looking for less clutter and chaos. Allow for more focus and goal reaching. Thank you for your inspirational words and posts!!! So blessed to have you for a long time friend. ❤


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