One Word: Joy!

To delight in the small, take pleasure in the uncomplicated, seek the honest, and find joy in what is all around. I would like to adopt that.

I don’t know about you- but January is bullet journal month! From washi tape to fitness and water count trackers, I have it all written down and organized. I’m an incredibly type A individual and yet- I can handle myself in a type B world!

Last year- I ditched the lists & I chose a single word- Trust. It was my mantra, my guide, my clarity and focus for 2016.

That word changed my entire way of thinking, being, processing life- and in turn, guided me to my goals and resolutions, without me even realizing it!


  • I was in a long distance dating relationship turned to engaged, moved, and was married within the year.
  • Graduated from Graduate school AND found a job in a town that I thought could “have nothing in my field” and ended up loving it
  • Moved from NC to AK!
  • I have struggled with an ED (eating disorder) my whole life, and anyone who has struggled with one can tell you high stress ( i.e. a wedding!) and societal pressure (i.e. ” this is supposed to be the most beautiful day of your life!” )  are massive triggers! (I can speak more on this in another post.)
  • J and I have been apart most of the year (even after marriage) due to our jobs
  • New place, having to find a new community
  • Lived in an empty house for 7.5 months while my stuff was being moved. (Which taught me so much about minimalistic living)
  • Alaska’s weather, endless sun, endless darkness.


I would not have been able to make it through these changes without “Trust” running through my head- constantly guiding me through my decision making processes.

I could write a book on this past year- it was a long one, a tough one, a great one, a wonderful one, a hard one, the list goes on-

But isn’t that life? Ups, downs, lefts, rights…the path untaken.

I never would have thought in a million years I would have ended up in Alaska! (Let’s be serious people.)  But here I am, and I love it-I trusted that The Lord had a plan for my life, and that leads me to my new word.

This year I chose JOY.


There are so many moments when we pass on the opportunity to embrace joy. I’m not talking about happiness– no, I am talking about something so much deeper, the kind of emotion that penetrates the mind, heart, and soul.

Joy- that exists in the good and the bad, the hurting, lonely, and the healing times. The upside down times and forward facing.

My first two months of 2017 have been full since embracing this word.


Just a word, yet it leads me to – kindness, love, gentleness, contentment, and hope. I also have found beauty in such unexpected places!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
James 1:2-3

So I challenge you- one word. What is your word for this year?

I guarantee- it changes you!



As always- thanks for reading. I would love to hear your thoughts.


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Him and Her. Life and Narrative. Married, partnered, friends. Simple and sweet. The ups and downs together. Be kind, be caring, be loving. A theatre artist and a military officer. Living in Georgia, often long distance. We explore, we write, we share. We love to travel, eat, listen to music, try new things, be present each day, and live a minimal lifestyle.

8 thoughts on “One Word: Joy!

  1. Such an inspiring post! I love the concept of choosing a word to guide you throughout the year!
    I think the word for me would be “Challenge”. I want to challenge myself to try new things, go out of my comfort zone and this year really looks like it will give me a lot of opportunities to do just that.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Ioanna |

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