My Word of the Year for 2017: Explore

Word of the Year

I first learned about choosing a Word of the Year a couple of years ago. In 2015 I chose “Ponder” based on the verse “Ponder the path of thy feet and let all thy ways be established” (Prov. 4:26). I wanted to focus on the long-term, the eternal perspective, and stop the habit of getting so caught in the short-term hiccups and trials we all face. Focusing on this word and verse allowed me to make some incredible decisions. I set aside some bucket list items (playing in a community symphony) for the best things in life (making memories with friends and families). My word helped me overcome everything I needed to do for the IVF experience that came later that year. There was a power in holding to that word that blessed me immensely, so much so that in 2016 I continued to study and live “ponder.”

In 2017 I was ready for a change and thought long and hard about my word would be. How could I build on “ponder” and continue transforming myself into the person I felt God wanted me to be? With everything I read I searched for my Word of the Year. Finally, I discovered it:

My 2017 Word of the Year is explore. |

Switching gears a bit, this Word of the Year isn’t based on a scripture verse or really anything. It’s the idea, the almost wanderlust-y sense of adventure that I wanted to capture this year. I want to explore the possibilities, my potential, new places, and new habits. I love how having one word really opens up the possibilities.

As I’ve thought about all the potential for “explore” in this year, I’ve come up with a list of ideas.

My Potential

  • What would it look like if I wasn’t so focused on other’s views of me and just lived my life according to God’s will?
  • How can I become a better wife and a better mother?
  • How can I increase the closeness and depth of my relationships with my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ?
  • How much stronger could my body be if I exercised it more consistently?


  • What restaurants am I missing out on because I go to the same ones over and over?
  • Where can I go to learn more about things that interest me?
  • What kind of place would I want to connect and share with other mothers and women?
  • How can I show more gratitude for the natural beauty all around me?


  • What would it be like to reduce or altogether eliminate the daily negative self-talk?
  • How can I encourage and uplift others more regularly?
  • How much money could our family save if we changed our spending habits?
  • Would I have more energy and be healthier overall if I ate more “clean” foods?

Part of my Word of the Year journey to explore actually includes this blog. I wanted to explore if I could connect with other amazing and talented women using this blog as platform. I appreciate you joining me on this adventure.

I’d love to know your Word of the Year for 2017. Share your word in the comments below.

For 2017 I'd like to explore my potential, places, and habits. |

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