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New Year, New Word

It’s time. New Year: New Word.

I want to learn. I have some specific things I’m working at learning, and I want to be intentionally open to what I don’t know that I don’t know. I am most energized and fulfilled when I am actively learning.

Learn more about my craft of writing.
Learn more about Peter, this man who deserves a lifetime of my discovery.
Learn more about Tucker, my strong boy who carries the world inside him.
Learn more about Tyler, my talker whose thoughts linger above his head in transparent balloons.
Learn how to parent teenagers, as this chapter begins in nine months.
Learn more about my personality as an extroverted introvert.
Learn new recipes.
Learn about more authors. Learn about their mentors.
Learn more of Scripture, write it on my heart.
Learn to love.
Learn to give.
Learn to lead.
Learn joy.

And so that’s my word for 2018.  Learn.

I am very excited about this new year.  (Plus, I get to make an 8 every day, and Eight is my favorite number to write. Two happy little circles stacked one on the other, like an almost-snowman.  Every day.)

“It’s better to do something about one thing than nothing about everything.” ~ Mike Ashcraft

Please tell me your word.


Happy New Year, you guys.

Let’s blow this thing out of the water.

Tricia Lott Williford

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  1. My word is Present. I’ve been a widow, in my lifeboat, with my boys for 15 months. I’m ready to lift my gaze and be present in the world around us. I’m ready to accept a future I didn’t plan for. I’m ready to step out of the fog and live in the present.

  2. Prayer

  3. 2018’s word is TRUST. Key verse is Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    I am working on regaining the trust I need to have in a God who is trustworthy.

  4. My word for 2018 is kindness. At the beginning of 2017, I read your 2016 post on the topic. I failed to find one specific word. I reread that 2016 post again this past December. Before I had finished reading, I HAD MY WORD!

  5. My word is Enjoy. I want to enjoy something about each day. Enjoy doing something different. Enjoy trying something new. Enjoy doing something out of my comfort zone. Enjoy the little things in life. Enjoy being with friends and family. Enjoy quiet moments at home. Enjoy…the list goes on! I just want to enjoy life…So Enjoy is my word for the year!

  6. My word is INTENTIONAL. I seem to be scattered; think of something I want to do, but never doing it, start something, but never finishing it, having the intention to help someone, but never doing it. So INTENTIONAL is my word this year. I want to be INTENTIONAL with everything I do in 2018. I want to think before starting something and then INTENTIONALLY doing it. To INTENTIONALLY being there for my friends and even strangers if the Lord calls me to be there!

  7. Transform

  8. Last year my word was brave, intentional brave. Trust is my word for the year. To learn the kind of trust I feel called toward I needed to learn to be intentionally brave first. I am called to trust God on a deeper level, trust myself and my discernment, and then when I can trust the first two on a deeper level I can then trust others more.

  9. Patience is one of my words. I’m fighting. Every. Single. Day. With Lyme disease. When about everything I do is to heal my body ravaged from this bacterial infection and his many friends… I tend to get impatient. It’s a long and rocky journey but, I’m on the right path. God is teaching me patience and I will be there for many others when I’m well enough to walk this path again with energy and without stumbling to stop and kneel beside those who are in despair and give them hope! I “get it” because I have been where they are! God can change our messes into messages!

  10. Happy and Blessed New Year to all. Number 8 — eternity — infinity. My word is reconciliation. Thank you Tricia for your grief support words. ♥♥

  11. Keep it “Simple”. Life is complicated enough. Happy New Year!

  12. My word for 2018 is HOPE.

    For so many years and for so many reasons, I have been scared to HOPE (aka Wish & Dream) about anything in my future.

    But now I am putting my HOPE (and hard work) into seeing my dreams for myself, my family and my business come true in 2018

  13. “Complete”. I would like to complete projects (or decide to throw out projects) that have laid neglected, half-planned and partially done for years. This includes craft and sewing projects, reading of books that I have bought and never cracked open, writing projects, and trips. I have felt “undone” by them all. They feel like barriers to moving forward. I’ll see what this looks like in 6 months!!

  14. I think my word for 2018 is RESOLVE. I have a major domestic issue that need resolving. So, with my blessed husband, I need to pray to the Lord to give me (us) the strength and wisdom of the resolve needed to meet and overcome this challenge. I know He will give it to me (us), but I must resolve to pray more deeply, more regularly, more sincerely for His guidance.

    Thank you for your ever cheerful outlook and encouragement. Happy New 2018 Year!

  15. Simplify…. got it off of a FB names test. But the reason I like it is that the questions I answered had to do with wanting to know God more and what He has in mind for me. Got the message that I have to make room for that!

  16. Mine is GRACE. Last year it was “enough” and centered on self and this year I’m expanding “enough” to “grace” in an effort to love myself and others just as (I am) they are. <3

  17. I love your word … LEARN … that’s my word too !

  18. My word is HOPE!!

  19. My word is about what a wise woman you are with strong goals! Relationships are the key and strengthening them should be on top of all our lists! Happy 2018 – love the snowman idea about the number 8. You are just a little girl grown taller and so am I!

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