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Happy New Year! Whats Your Word for 2017?

Central Park by Janet Ruttenberg. HOPE in a painting

 

2016 has come and gone and I’m back with the annual excercise of picking “One word that will change your life.” The idea comes from a book with the same title about how big New Year’s goals and resolutions are rarely kept. It suggests that instead we pick one word that becomes our philosophy of life for the year; that serves as our guide for the year. I love this as it bundles all our New Year’s resolutions into one word. We can apply that word to many aspects of our lives, depending on our mood.

My word for 2016 was Dream.  It was fitting for where I was in my life and career. My Dream, of traveling to Colombia to purchase items to sell on this blog, is slowly but surely coming together. Stay tuned for more on that project.

My word for 2017 is ‘HOPE” because in hoping we remain positive about our lives. We hope for happiness, success, good health, peace, prosperity; and the list goes on.

I think most people would agree that 2016 been a particularly stressful year. Between a tumultuous and less than civilized presidential election here in the US; increased acts of terrorism that have killed innocent people around the world; the unexpected deaths of well loved celebrities, it felt like the bad news kept on coming. What happens next is very uncertain and at times worrisome, so for me “HOPE” seems like a fitting word for 2017.

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”

Barbara Kingsolver

 

I am HOPING for the best!

What’s your “WORD” for 2017?”

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