Word of the Year 2018

At the beginning of each year I share a word that I will focus on. 2017 was a year of change for me. I set the tone myself at the beginning of last year by choosing the word “metamorphosis”. It’s a challenge to even begin to describe the ways I have changed, and I have certainly surpassed what I had even hoped for.

The obvious change, but perhaps the least important, has been my sixty pound weight loss that I accomplished throughout the year. While there are many that would point out the obvious health benefits to having done so, it is still isn’t my biggest change. Along with extra weight, I had cloaked myself in a lot of insecurity, doubt, and bitterness, and shedding those negative things was a lot tougher than anything else.

Along with those changes, I took big risks. I traveled halfway across the world alone to spend a week with strangers. I have still been holding that journey close and have not yet shared what I learned and how that week contributed to my change, but I may be ready soon.


I let go of people in my life that did not bring positivity. I nurtured my relationships with the people into my life that made me most happy. I set firmer boundaries with people who took too much, and learned to say no. None of it was necessarily easy, but it made my life better.

I’ve emerged lighter spiritually, which may sound dramatic, but the positivity has spilled over into every aspect of my life. I am not trying to pretend I’m perfect, I still struggle with feelings of insecurity and comparison, but I am committed to continuing to let go of those feelings. This year I’m choosing a word that I feel is next in the natural progression of my journey. “Grow” may have been the obvious choice, and I did love the mental picture it brought for a year full of earthy green colors on my vision board (yes, I almost chose a word based solely on colors) and spiritual growth. However, I decided to push myself a step further, out of my comfort zone, and this year I will “blossom”. I think blossoming is a little bit more scary, and a little more colorful and vivid than my natural inclination. A blossom is vulnerable and open.

This year, that is what I’m going to be. I’m going to be vulnerable and share more of myself with you. I’m going to get in front of the camera rather than just being the one behind it. I’m going to take big risks and dare to go after my dreams. However, I’m also going to put my blinders on to what others are doing, because:

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.Zen Shin

I’ve learned that the quickest thing to drag down any goal is comparison, so that is something I’m letting go of most this year.

I hope that you will join me for this year and all of the changes and blossoming it will bring. The things in the pipeline for this year are my most exciting (and nerve-wracking) yet. I wish I could be less vague, but that is the point I am at in the process- it is too premature to share more specifically! I wish you the very best for this year, and I hope that it brings all you wish to accomplish. 

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5 thoughts on “Word of the Year 2018

  1. Oh wow, I love the idea of having a word for the year, and I love the word you chose for this year. I may need to borrow “blossom” for myself, or maybe your 2017 word would be even better for the direction I am headed (or would like to head) this year.
    Last spring I became a Certified Interior Designer, but in reality, I am still a stay at home mom ;) This year I have dreams of starting a business, and I already have a few opportunities. I also lead a FB group about painting, projects, and decluttering. The group is growing, but I’ve been wondering what I can really offer in the group, and how much time to devote to it. I’ve contemplated starting a blog so that I could write more, and share tutorials with my group. Yet, I sometimes wonder if anyone would read since (as I tell myself) “there are so many better bloggers and designers out there”.

    Thank you for sharing your heart, and also for the reminder about giving up with making comparisons. It can be so easy to feel defeated, but it’s much more important to recognize the gifts that you have as an individual.

    I love your blog, and your designs!

  2. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments in 2017! I enjoy your blog and love your photography and design aesthetic.

    I love to remind myself of the quote “comparison is the theif of joy” when I start comparing myself to others. It snaps me right out of it.

    Love your word of the year. There is great power in words as you have shown yourself last year. I’m going to ponder now the word that is best for me this year. Thank you for the inspiration and all the best to you in 2018.

  3. I love your word for the year, and I love that you are challenging yourself. May be all continue to grow in good spirit and good health!

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