Choosing a word of the year

I love when the internet offers up a good idea for a change.

I follow Ashlyn Carter on Instagram — a copywriter who offers lots of good tips on how to find your voice, etc etc etc.

Last week, I saw this post from her:

And I was like, “Word of the year? What’s this about?”

I’ve heard of setting your goals for the year, and how you need to write your mantras down and repeat them often (more on that next week), but just a SINGLE WORD for the ENTIRE YEAR?

I never really gave that much thought.

So now I did.

How do you boil down your vision for 2020 into ONE WORD?

  • Exciting?
  • Experimental?
  • Healthy?
  • Fun?
  • Terrifying?

Any and all of those words could describe what I expect this year to be like.

  • Diving deeper into my art. (⬅ exciting)
  • Being consistent with my posts. (⬅ experimental)
  • Eating fewer Cheez-Its. (⬅ withdrawal … er, I mean, healthy)
  • Scheduling hikes with my husband. (⬅ fun)
  • Actually (gulp) trying to publish the book I’ve been working on for a dozen years. (⬅ terrifying)

But then a word popped into my head and, among all the other words rattling around in there, seemed to settle itself down like a cat on a blanket.


Amid the gazillion options, this one made itself right at home.

So I adopted it.


It fits so many things, if you think about it.

I spent a lot of 2019 building up the confidence and experience to get out of my comfort zone — art shows, Etsy, Facebook, this blog. I found a bunch of inspirational sources. I listened to educational audiobooks and podcasts.

In short: I learned a lot.

Now it’s time to Do The Things.

➡️ In 2020, I’m going to show up more reliably (emerge) for anyone who’s kind enough to read my blogs and emails, or who gets a smile from my art posts.

➡️ I’m going to get my darn butt out of bed in the morning (emerge) and exercise and do something good for my body.

➡️ I’m going to stop hiding behind my self-consciousness and get out there (emerge) at art shows at LEAST once a month, hoping for twice.

➡️ I’m going to put my first book out into the world (emerge) even though I’m scared.

➡️ I’m going to own my illustrative style and be proud of what I create.

I want 2020 to be the year I stop hiding.

What about you? What’s your word??

Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what’s motivating you this year 🙂

Thanks for reading! I post a new blog every Monday — art ones every other week, and stepmomming ones on the weeks between.

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