One Word

It’s January 2nd, so unless you are celebrating the 12 days of Christmas and Three Kings Day (as we are) then more likely than not, you are cleaning up the confetti and  recovering from staying up late on New Year’s Eve following on the heels of a buy holiday season. January first is still a “holiday” but today, the 2nd, means business as usual. Today is the day the real work begins again.

Don’t get me wrong, the holidays are work, but there is something new and exciting around every corner. Everyone is caught up in the spirit. NOW the drudgery begins again. All those New Year’s resolutions? Now is the time to put your money where your mouth is. Now is the time to get to work (even if its only a few months/weeks/days before your resolve starts to waver) January 2nd is the day you start to make good on all those promises.

This year, I decided to do things a little differently. I chose a ONE WORD resolution, something that I would focus on daily that would change my life (and my kids’ lives) for the better. I did this because I was inspired by my friend Sandy (also a blogger, and you can check her out here) who has been doing the one word thing for a while.

The concept is pretty simple, and better described by the ONE WORD website than me:


If you’re like most people, each January goes something like this: You choose a problematic behavior that has plagued you for years and vow to reverse it. In fact, you can probably think of two or three undesirable habits—make that four or five.

Thus begins the litany of imperfections to be perfected commonly known as “New Year’s Resolutions.” All of which are typically off your radar by February.

“My One Word” is an experiment designed to move you beyond this cycle. The challenge is simple: lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD.


Pretty neat right? Since I vowed to turn my dreams into reality (or at least get them closer) and to not let the planning phase of everything paralyze me from acting, I chose the word “Do.”


I am going to work harder at doing rather than thinking about it. I want my kids to have a cure for JA, so I will further research by raising funds, spreading the word and lobbying through the Arthritis Foundation Ambassador program. I’m not just going to wish, I am going to DO something about it. I’m going to stop waiting to take that trip, or committing to do something with friends and family later in the year because I have to “wait and see” what JA will be doing with my kids. I am going to do my best to DO these things, and not stress if they don’t end up happening when the time comes. I’m great at going with the flow at the spur of the moment, but we have missed out on good opportunities because I wouldn’t commit in the future. That concept is also neatly tied into my one word for the year, kind of like Nike… Just DO it. It will apply to my personal things (all the standard eating better, exercising more) as well as the mental block that always tends to hold me back.

While my younger son has a mild case of JA and is less prone to the “we’ll see” line of thinking, I can see where my older, more complicated JA son is following in my footsteps. Don’t get me wrong, with JA some of this is unavoidable, and even smart! But when it starts to prevent you from doing things that you should be doing, that you really can be doing… well, that is a problem, and I know I have to lead, and parent by example.

So that is my one word for this year: DO. Every day of 2014 I am going to try (no make that will, since I am all about doing this year) think about how I can consciously change in this area, and turn my thoughts into action.

Happy 2014 everyone. I’m ready. Here we come.

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  1. I think that’s a great word!! It is so easy to make plans and things but to put things into action is a whole other thing. Good luck this year!!! You can do it! 🙂

    My word is perseverance. I tend to give up when it gets hard or things aren’t going the way I want, instead of working through the “hard” stuff.
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  2. I like the idea of just one word. That way, it can be a part of your whole way of thinking which is powerful for sure!
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    • Elizabeth, that is exactly why I chose to do one word this year.It was different than what I had done in the past, and it was entirely “do”-able. I took about 3 weeks to settle on a word, something that would make a real difference if I took time to fold it into my life and thoughts EVERY single day, but something that I could focus on to bring real positive change in our lives. It is a very powerful concept, and I hope to stick with it better than traditional resolutions!

  3. What a great word for the new year! I’m wishing you nothing but the best this year!
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    • Thank you Kristy! This year has the potential to be really great or very challenging due to the personal circumstances we have going right now…that is why I chose ‘DO,’ hopefully to MAKE the good things happen for us! We appreciated your well wishes, and hope you and your family have a great year as well.

  4. Caroline W. says:

    Inspiring! U DO inspire! Thank u!

    • Thanks Caroline- We are all in this together, right? I hope that in some small way any part of what we have had to go through can help make it easier for someone else. I am only trying to return the favor, as so many cyber friends did for us at the beginning of our journey.

  5. That is a great word for the year! You can DO this!
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    • Thanks TaMara! I mulled over several “one word” ideas… It was tough to come up with the right one! I think “do” is perfect for us with all the changes we have coming up this year. It won’t be each, but I do think that putting it out there and committing to it as my word will help me move forward. Thank you for taking time to comment!

  6. What great word to pick! I know you can DO anything you put your mind to!!!
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    • Thanks Mindle! It may seem like I just picked a word, but I gave it a lot of thought, and tried to think of something that would be life changing if I applied it every day. “Do” is simple, but it can be so hard to execute! Wish me luck…I am going for it!

  7. I agree with Sandy. I KNOW you can do it. Sometimes we get caught up in the wait and sees and when we are ready the opportunity has passed 🙁 Make this year that you DO what you want!
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    • Oh, I think it will be tough, but consciously putting forth the effort, and defining it in my own mind should help bunches! Thanks for being part of my cheering section!

  8. I am so rooting for you, Kim! You CAN do it!
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