One Word That Will Change Your Life

Happy 2018!!  I say that with sincerity and passion….and I truly mean it.  You see 2017 was bitter sweet and the second half was more bitter than sweet. I experienced several hardships in 2017 that cost me terribly but that also became valuable lessons. 

It has been tough mustering up the energy to identify my one word for 2018.  I’ve had several ideas, but none of them felt right until my family and I went to see the new Hugh Jackman’s movie The Greatest Showman.  OMGOODNESS, it was so good and just what I needed.  Not just to help make my one word super clear but it motivated and inspired me to expect to live the life I desire.

Expect to Live the Life You Desire!

As I sat in the theatre between my wonderful husband and amazing son watching the movie, there were so many AHA moments that reminded me to always pursue my dreams and to fearlessly believe in myself.  The message combined with music made such a powerful impact on me and deposited a good dose of gratitude in my heart.

The movie reminded me of a book that I was given many years ago by my spiritual mentor.  The book entitled As a Man Thinketh was based on the scripture Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (This book can change you life and I highly recommend it!) The book and scripture inherently caused me to live a life of purpose, joy, and abundance because I decided to change my stinking thinking. Well, life happened, and I lost myself for a while.  My faith suffered and so did I.  Over the last six months, I have recognized that I need to truly realign myself with my faith.

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. - Proverbs 23:7

The new year is an obvious time to take actions to change your life, but I gave up on resolutions about four years ago…instead, I’ve been choosing one word to guide me through the year.  A word that sums up the essence of the next 365 days of my life.  My one word does not replace personal and professional goals but it aides me in seeing a bigger picture.  2014 was Hatch, 2015 was Leap, 2016 was Soar, 2017 was Fearless…..and 2018 is Expectation


My One Word For 2018 - Expectation!

The definition of Expectation is “a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.”   What does it mean for me over the next year?  It means…..

  • looking forward and anticipating great things all year long!

  • having an expectant mental attitude despite the obstacles and challenges that may come my way!

  • having great expectations of future good and increased profits for me and my family!

  • there’s a huge degree of probability that something amazing will occur for and to me this year!

This is exciting because somewhere over the last six years I stopped truly walking in expectation.  I mean I set goals, pursued dreams, and accomplished a lot…..but I can’t say that I always expected any of it to happen.  I hoped it would, but I had lost my spirit of expectation.  I am glad to change that this year. 

What one word will you choose to help define your 2018 and change your life?  This year I am living, thinking, and praying with expectation in my head and my heart.  My hope is that your word (if you choose to pick one) will be just as impactful to change your life this year as it has been for me.  Happy 2018 again!



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  1. Love your word for this year, expectation always lead to great results because what you think you will get just as the verse says and I love it. Wishing you all the best and blessings to you.

  2. I like the idea of choosing a word of the year but I’ve always had such a hard time picking just one that I never end up doing it! I couldn’t even settle on just one resolution this year so I made five haha!

  3. I am sorry to hear that 2017 was a year that was bittersweet but I truly hope that 2018 will be an amazing year for you. I love that your word for this year is expectation, I think mine is quite similar as I have decided on hope. Fingers crossed for the both of us x

  4. I love your word for the year, for me its faithfulness, I definitely lost my way the last few years and now I am going back to my first love for the lord.

  5. Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will be great to you! 2017 was not so great to me either. Focusing on one word is an interesting concept! better than resolutions, which like you, i never take!

  6. I haven’t picked a word but I like to see what others choose. I guess ‘goals’ is my word. I have several very big ones.

  7. Im with you, I set Goals all year long! Why wait for a new year? Do it now!!! I love your motivational quotes! And I have heard awesome reviews of the movie! I really want to see it!

  8. Your words really resonated with me. Expectation (and the scripture you used) is going to be one of my words as well. The other is Consistency. 2017 was also bittersweet for me (I dont know what happened!), so I am claiming that 2018 will be blessed! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I will have to think of what word I want to focus on for the new year. I decided I am not going to set any huge goals this year.

  10. My word for 2018 is Power! Power is the word because whatever the intention it need to manifest powerful and show powerful results!

  11. I’ve never thought about picking a word to live by for a year, that would be such a hard decision for me being that there are so many words to choose from but I really like the idea of it. It’s something to guide you in every situation and decision.

  12. I’m always so scared to choose a word to live by each year because I feel like I’d let myself down if I don’t constantly live by that word. It’s kind of like a new year’s resolution.. I’ll keep at it for a short time and then it goes bye bye. Props to you and everyone else that is able to.

  13. Great word that you have chosen “Expectaitions” my word for this year 2018 probably will be “Positivity” I want to stay positive and zen as much as I can even through the hardest situation with this word I will stay calm believing that everything will be okay in the end, that I will reach my goals for 2018 🙂

  14. That is a great word choice for 2018. 2017 for has had it ups and down and I count my health, marriage, family and blog my ups. Hardship had the time in the first few months of the year, however, I woke up on day and said to myself. Today I will make the “rest of my life the best of my life” and it been truly a life changer. thanks kindly for sharing such an inspirational and touching blog post.

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