My Word For 2017

With the start of each new year, I like to compile a list of goals or resolutions to accomplish. While I’d like to say I keep up with them every year, to be honest, they typically fall to the wayside. I get so busy and so caught up with life that I sometimes forget what resolutions I even set on January 1st.  Please tell me I’m not the only one…. 

As I’m coming up with my goals I also like to reflect on the previous year. I like to think about what went well, what didn’t, and what I can still improve on. 2016 was one of my favorite years to date (you can read my favorite moments of 2016 here) I worked my butt off and accomplished many of my goals, both personally and professionally. That’s not to say there weren’t struggles, because believe me, there were. There were times I let certain situations get the best of me. There were times I felt insecure and there were definitely times I felt not good enough. But, as always, I pushed through and came out better than I was at the beginning of the year. That counts for something, right?!

Anyways, as I was thinking about 2017 I decided I want to do things a bit differently this year.  For 2017 I wanted to come up with one single word to live my year by. There were a few that I had come up with, but one kept popping up in the back of my mind. The word I chose can be applied to every aspect of my life. So without further adieu, my word for the year is…..


I want every part of my life to have purpose. I want to live in such a way that every step is intentional and getting me one step closer to where I want to be. My resolution this year is to live with the best intentions in every aspect of my life. I want to be intentional with my time. Some days I feel like I don’t use my time efficiently. I want to be more organized so that I am being purposeful with my time. Speaking of time, I want to be intentional on how I spend my time. I admit, I am attached to my cellphone. And sometimes that makes me miss out on someone’s company or a special moment. This year I want to be better about that. I want to be able to enjoy moments as they’re happening and not behind my phone screen. I want to be intentional about the content I bring to Life With Emily. I want to bring content that you all want to see and enjoy… and that I enjoy producing. And I want to be intentional with my relationships. I want to deepen those relationships and continue building a solid foundation with friends and family. Being intentional in all aspects of my life with help me accomplish goals that I set for myself throughout the year.


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  1. hanna wrote:

    I’m terrible at keeping resolutions from the new year too. Maybe I’ll do better this year –Like Hanna

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  2. Elle wrote:

    Love this idea Emily! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be a great one for you!
    xo elle //

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  3. I love your word for 2017! I did this same theme, I have my goals to work toward this year but ultimately, a theme word helps you focus so much more clearly on the year. It puts you in a perspective to be able to accomplish so much more. Here’s to 2017!

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  4. I absolutely LOVE this idea and I think living with more intention is something we all can work on! Now to think of what word I’m going to use this year! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Emily wrote:

      There’s a really awesome website (I found it when I googled one word resolution) called oneword365 and it provides SO many good words!

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  5. Stesha wrote:

    That is a great word, I like goals and ways of life more than resolutions, intentional is a great way of thinking! Happy New Year!


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    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks lady! PS just saw your exciting news- that’s amazing Good luck!! 🙂

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  6. Meghan wrote:

    I am the same. While I do my best to get the job done, I don’t just the time efficiently myself. I am working on getting a good routine going thats healthy as well.

    Meghan |

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  7. Katie Lee wrote:

    You’re definitely not the only one! Keeping up with resolutions for a whole year is hard! I love the one word thing and you chose a perfect one! Definitely an easy reminder for every day life.


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  8. Shannon wrote:

    LOVE this idea! I’m the same way with goals and resolutions, I write them all down, but quickly forget about them. The idea of just having a word sounds doable.

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  9. Love your word and this idea so much better than setting unrealistic resolutions. Resolutions are so 2016….Intention is where it’s at for the new year!! 🙂

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  10. Emily wrote:

    Intention is a great thing to focus on! <3

    xo, L

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