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What's Your Word?

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Kathryn Kitchen

Scrabble letters spelling "Joy"

I don’t know about you, but New Year’s resolutions aren’t really my thing. If I have a goal that I’m looking to accomplish, I don’t wait until January 1 to get started – I get my game plan together and strike while the iron is hot!

Despite my feeling on resolutions, my interest peaked when I learned of a different kind of resolution that some adopt for the new year. Instead of placing the focus around a specific goal, instead you choose a word that becomes your mantra for the entire year. Throughout the year, you look to your word to help guide your actions and decisions. This word can be anything you want it to be, as long as it speaks to you.

For example, I have a friend who chose the word “yes” in 2016. The idea behind this word was to become more committed and involved in her social groups, and boy, did she ever! She made less excuses to get involved and threw herself into many commitments that she hadn’t given a thought to before. She became involved in her kids’ school and took on leadership roles in her neighborhood and church groups. At the end of the year, she was able to look back on 2016 with a sense of purpose because of the new roles she had taken on.  

My word for 2017 is “persevere.” I’ve taken on a new role of “mommy” and I am still learning to balance my other roles of “wife” and “manager.” In a nutshell, “persevere” is my word because I know there will be hard days and obstacles ahead, but I know that I can look to this word for inspiration and encouragement with whatever the task is at hand. I have this word strategically placed around my home and office to help remind me of that!

So what’s your word for 2017? Share it with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages, and share it with your coworkers. Who knows – you may end up inspiring someone to come up with their word for the year!


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Kathryn Kitchen

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Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."