Choosing a Word for the Year

 Get #intentional by choosing a #word for the year to build your #goals around. A must-do for all #mamas. Includes a #quiz to help you find a word AND a list of more than 100 word ideas.

A few years in a row I have chosen a word for the year; a word to inspire me and to use as a starting place for creating my goals for the year. In the past, I have used words like “intentional” and “priorities,” both are have fairly similar meanings and worked for the season of life i was in at the time. For 2018 I’ve gone in a little bit of a different direction. 

My word for 2018 is flourish, meaning to thrive, succeed, be alive with, to be in one’s prime. 
With a third baby coming in May 2018, we’ll be back in that newborn survival mode for a little while but I want to go in with a plan so that we can flourish and thrive rather than simply survive. I want to make sure that I get to really enjoy this newborn phase (well “enjoy” as much as one can enjoy figuring out a newborn) and that the rest of our family doesn’t get pushed aside while I’m focused on the new baby. Having flourish as my word for the year is encouraging and inspiring me to plan and work ahead as much as I can and it’s encouraging me to grow in different areas of my life. 

I encourage all mamas to choose a word for their year, to give them something to work towards and to inspire them through the year. So how do you choose a word for the year? I’m glad you asked.

How to Choose a Word for Your Year

1. Think About What Events Are Coming Up

If you know you have something big happening next year, it can give you a starting pointing for your goals and word of the year. For me, the big thing happening next year is baby #3 coming. I knew we’d be in survival mode for awhile and I wanted to find a way to thrive rather than solely survive, which is why I chose the word flourish.

2. Think About What Areas You Want to improve

Think about some of the main areas of your life, your marriage, motherhood, your career, homemaking, relationships, etc. What areas do you want to improve? Maybe you want to start a home-based business to help bring in some money or maybe you want to improve your relationship with a family member, whatever area(s) you want to improve, find words that encourage you to do just that.

3. Think About Your Family’s Goals for the Year

 a #quiz to help you find your word of the year #intentionalliving #intentional #momlife

Sit down with your husband and make a list of goals for your family. Maybe you want to take a family vacation, find a place to volunteer together, or get to know your neighbors better. Be sure to find a word that will help your family meet goals.

After completing those three steps, look for any common words or themes.
    For example: service, joy, friendship
Then, highlight or write down any of those common words or themes. Head to and look up the exact definitions and the synonyms for your favorite words on your list. Once you find a word that resonates with you, you’ve found your word for the year!

Once you’ve chosen your word for the year, come up with some goals for different areas of your life that will help you live out your word. The areas I focused on for my goals are relationships, faith, marriage, homemaking, personal development, motherhood, business, and health. You may have more or less areas, you just do you.

If you’re struggling to find a word for the year, I made a quick little quiz to help you find an area to focus on when looking for a word for the year. Try it out and let me know if it helps you!

And if you need some more word ideas, I made a list of over 100 (it’s really closer to 200) words that you could use for your word of the year. It’s available in the resource library under the “intentional living” section. The resource library is completely free, all you need to do is type your name and email address in the box below and once your email is confirmed, I’ll send you everything you need to access all of the goodies in the library, including the list of more than 100 word ideas. 


I’d love to know if you typically choose a word for the year or if it’s something totally new that you are going to try out this year. And of course, I’d love to know what your word is for the year! Pop a comment below or share it on Instagram and tag it with #iamajoyfulhomemaker (and tag me so I don’t miss it! @abbybarstow)