2019 Word of the Year

I’ve read that 80% of New Year’s resolutions are broken by February. That’s one reason I decided to replace the annual to-do (or not-to-do) list with a single word.

My word for 2019?


Here’s why:

Last year I said ‘yes’ to nearly every opportunity that came my way. I met a lot of new people, did a lot of new things, and had a lot of fun. But sometimes I found myself pulled in directions that drained my energy and left me feeling overwhelmed and frazzled.

The reality is, there are only so many hours in the day. I want to spend my time focussed on the people and things that really count.

So this year I’ve decided to be more intentional about what I take on.

My word for 2019…..

I hope I’ll still have the opportunity to say ‘yes’ to plenty of new experiences. But before I commit, I’ll try to ask myself the following questions:

  • Will this opportunity or experience move my life in the direction I want to go?
  • Does it align with my values?
  • Is it going to bring me joy?
  • And finally – What’s the time commitment?

It’s about being mindful of the life I hope to create, and the people I invite into my world. I’ll check back in 12 months to tell you how it goes!

What’s your intention for 2019?

Nicole Laidler is a story-based copywriter, content consultant and freelance journalist who loves to help people grow their success one word at a time. To see what she’s been writing lately, visit her at www.spilledink.ca

5 thoughts on “2019 Word of the Year

  1. I love your word – Intention: You just have to be careful that your intention covers specific things. For example, if I was to say “I want to come back in my next life as a cat,” (ok you can’t prove this will happen but it’s just and example) you could come back as a barn cat. But I prefer to say “I want to come back as a pampered house cat.”) LOL

    But seriously, you’ve got me thinking so thank you! I think mine is JOY or HAPPINESS. I will do things – in life and my writing – and be with people who bring me JOY or make me HAPPY. I will still take chances that the event or person may not do this for me, but I find that setting the intention will result in what you want.

    Will check back with you to see how your Intention is going.


    • I think Joy is different from Happiness. Although every experience or interaction may not ultimately result in happiness, I try to find and reflect on the joy I can take out of every situation. Happy 2019 Suzanne!


      • Good thought about Joy and Happiness. I was thinking of the feeling that the experience or being with the person will give me in the moment and leave with me afterward. 🙂


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