Well, that’s a wrap! Another year in the books. The Christmas break was an opportunity to take a break from writing, unplug from social media, and spend time with my family.

And now, a new year is upon us! This is the time to regroup, refocus and being planning for the new year. With each and every new year comes a new chance to begin anew, to create new opportunities, and set new goals.

Making a list of goals early in the year makes it easier to crank the gears into motion, starting off the new year on a positive and productive note.

What’s your word?

A recent trend is giving the new year a theme word which will represent your focus in all aspects of your life. The idea of choosing one year to sum up a theme seems both daunting and thrilling at the same time. How can one word encompass all of the things you hope to be, do, and accomplish in a full year?

In 2014, my word was flourish – a time to see my business grow and expand. In 2015, I couldn’t choose one word so I opted for three theme words for the year. In 2016, my word was nurture; I felt that I had the foundation for my career, and new relationships formed, that it was time to nurture them. In 2017, my word was manifest; working to make my dreams materialize.

What is your word for 2018?

What is Your Word for 2018?

Do you have a theme word for 2018? Narrowing your goals for the year to just one word can be a challenge. But what would your word be?

This year again I chose three words; I wish to have clarity and purpose in all that I do, and be clear with my intentions and goals. Making a list of what is important, and what can be let go of, can help to see things more clearly. After all, our ultimate goal in life is to be happy, no? The key is to do more of what you enjoy and you will continually clarify what it is that you want to do, be and have in life. It’s also crucial to let go of what doesn’t work for you anymore, what makes you unhappy, and people/things/obligations that cause you stress and negativity.

I also plan to use courage to speak from my mind and heart. My goal is to be even more truthful and open with courage and clarity in dealing with other people, and with myself too.

Celebration is my third word; this year, my book is scheduled to be published, finally! It’s been a labour of love so to see this project so dear to my heart come to fruition is a reason is a dream come true.  I plan to celebrate my accomplishment this year by being open to opportunity, laughter and love as well as being gentler on myself too.


What is your word for 2018?


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Darlene Schuller Reply

    I don’t do resolutions however the concept of a ‘word’ is intriguing and way more appealing then some promise to change something about myself or my life i’m not happy with.. I can fix those things anytime I really like this concept.

  2. I love this idea of choosing a word as a New Year’s Resolution! My word this year will be Happiness as we loose track of ourselves in the rush of things and forget to be present and happy with ourself!

  3. Lynda Cook Reply

    Today is Jan 3rd and I still have no word for 2018, I find Dec. went by way to fast and now we are into the new year and I’m not ready for anything, ugh

  4. My word for 2018 is patience. Something I lack very often. I want to “lol” at that, but it’s sadly true. I think if I were able to learn to have a bit more patience, it would avoid a lot of unnecessary frustration .

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