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It’s Time to Choose Your Word of The Year {Giveaway}

by Elise Museles

What if planning for 2018 felt thrilling? Exciting? Fun and invigorating?

With the new year just a champagne toast away, most of us are busy thinking about our resolutions: get healthy, exercise more, eliminate sugar, quit carbs (for good!) But trying to make big changes all at once can be daunting. Not surprising, this rarely works. We burn out – or pull a muscle, or unhappily binge-eat a batch of chewy chocolate chip cookies over the sink.

For me, New Year’s promises became an exercise in shame and disappointment, rather than hope and vision; they highlighted all the ways my previous year didn’t quite measure up.

But at the end of 2013, I shifted the way I thought about my coming year, and instantly, everything felt different: lighter, easier, and sustainable.

What did I do? I chose a word of the year. 

In 2017, I picked the word ease. In 2016, it was spaciousness. 2015 was guided by trust. The year before that, I strived to simplify. And savor kicked the whole ritual off exactly six years ago.

My “word of the year” anchors my daily life. It guides the work that I do, the choices that I make, and the way that I navigate my days. When I feel adrift, I remember my word of the year and come back to myself – and my goals for coming months.

My word for 2018? Celebrate. (Sounds fun and exciting, doesn’t it?)

Celebrate means appreciating the little things. It means not obsessing over every detail – or over the ultimate goal. It means more time in gratitude, doing what makes me feel alive. It’s about getting there, not being there.

Choosing to celebrate is about making space for joy, fulfillment, and attention to the journey, not just the finish line. It puts me firmly in the present, rather than lost in an uncertain future.

  • When I record my podcast, “Once Upon a Food Story,” I will celebrate the incredible conversations I get to lead, rather than fretting about when it will launch. (So soon!)
  • When a client tells me about sitting down for breakfast instead of picking off her son’s plate, we will celebrate her victory, not focus on the pounds she still would like to lose.
  • When I get a good night’s rest, I will celebrate turning my devices off an hour before bed, instead of fretting that I still haven’t cemented this into a habit.

To really celebrate life, I’ll write down one thing to celebrate each day in a journal. Like a gratitude practice, it helps me pause and remember something positive – something worth celebrating!

But my word of 2018 may not be your word. Perhaps you’d like the next year to feel calm or connected or creative. Maybe you seek ease, or to feel more playful.

Choosing a word of the year has grounded me and changed the course of my next trip around the sun—and I know it can do the same for you! Here are three steps to get you started.

Think …about how you want to feel.
In order to keep traditional resolutions, we track numbers: calories, dollars, social media followers. But with a single word as your beacon, 2018 becomes easier and sweeter. A “successful” year becomes a year that feels the way you want it to feel.

Dig deep. Peer through the window of your Future Dream Life. Really imagine the specifics: how do you want your life to feel? FreeSupportedConfident? Imagine your heart and mind feeling that way, every single day, then choose your word accordingly.

Trust …your intuition.
Choosing your word of the year is a lot easier than you might expect. You don’t necessarily have to labor over this decision; just reflect. In 2017, what worked? What didn’t? If you’re honest with yourself, you probably already know how you’d like next year to be different. When a word springs to mind and feels right in your gut, you’ve got it!

Apply …your word to your whole life.
Supported at home means something different than supported in your professional life. And connected to your body is different than being connected to your partner.

How does your word apply at work? At home? In your thoughts? Does it affect the way you move your body, or the food choices you make? Will it change the way you use technology, or the ideas that fill your mind? When you apply your word to all the areas of your life, you’re ready to make it happen everywhere.

Now it’s your turn: To encourage you to find your word for 2018, I’ve partnered with my absolute favorite non-toxic beauty brand Inlight Beauty from UK, which is distributed in USA and Canada by Hug Your Skin. We’re giving away a chocolate delight face mask kit to one lucky person! It will help you start the year feeling radiant – and will remind you to take care of yourself, too! To enter, share your word of 2018 in the comments, and I’ll pick a winner at random on December 27th. Good luck!

Wishing you a year filled with health and happiness… and just the right word to celebrate.

51 Responses to It’s Time to Choose Your Word of The Year {Giveaway}

  1. Kelly A Brooks December 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm #


    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:29 am #

      Great word! Sounds like an exciting year!!

  2. MaryEllen December 20, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    I’m still in the thinking stage, but “allow” is in the running!!

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:30 am #

      That is a word that can take on so many different meanings!

  3. Kathy Lee December 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

    My word is WHOLE!

    I want to feel WHOLE, eat WHOLE then laugh and love a WHOLE lot!!

    Thank you so much for the idea of a word of the year!!

    Blessings to you and yours this Christmas season!

    Kathy Lee

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:38 am #

      Kathy Lee, you are so creative in the way that you have given your word so many different contexts and meanings! Happy holidays to you and your family, too!


  4. Mara December 20, 2017 at 6:06 pm #


  5. Bonnie December 20, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    My word is listen.

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:40 am #

      Listen can mean so many different things. Of course, my mind goes to listening to your body:)

  6. Christine Hermans December 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    break through <3

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:40 am #

      Oh, it sounds like 2018 is going to be good for you!

  7. Nicole December 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm #


  8. Willow Jarosh December 20, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

    Open! <3

  9. Laura December 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm #


  10. Jennifer December 20, 2017 at 11:18 pm #

    Generous. Generous in my thoughts, refraining from judging others or myself. Giving us all the benefit of the doubt. Generous in sharing my time and talents and resources. Living from a place of abundance.

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:36 am #

      Such a beautiful explanation, Jennifer!


  11. Grace December 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm #

    My word is relax! I need to remind myself of the big picture instead of stressing the small stuff!

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:36 am #

      A much better approach to life than worrying all the time! I could use some of that too!

  12. Jackie December 21, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    My word is synergy, for everyone to come together, in any aspect of life, in order to make great change.

  13. Laura December 21, 2017 at 2:28 am #

    2018 is about Creativity.
    Looking at things from a different perspective
    Being more artistic in my approach to every day life
    Savouring the details.

  14. Sue Barnes December 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

    My word for 2018 is PRESENCE
    Being in the moment in everything I do to help me focus and enjoy!!

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:29 am #

      That kind of mindfulness is life-changing! Wishing you a 2018 with total PRESENCE!

  15. Sophia December 21, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    Word of 2018…. POSITIVITY. As basic as it may sound.

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:25 am #

      Not basic at all! We need more POSITIVITY!

  16. Sarah P December 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    Mine is Appreciate! Appreciating the little things, the opportunities & challenges, the people in my life, my health and what my body can do etc.

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:25 am #

      I love the meaning that you are giving to appreciate! Thanks for sharing here.

  17. Chococraft December 23, 2017 at 6:59 am #

    What a fantastic post! The information is very useful. Thank you for sharing this here.

  18. Jo December 23, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Revive! 1st word to pop into my head and wouldn’t go away. 🙂 A call to action…

    • Elise Museles December 24, 2017 at 3:24 am #

      I love that you went for the first word! Such a good one and original too.


  19. Elle December 24, 2017 at 2:51 am #

    My word for 2018 is Hopeful.

  20. Sheryl December 24, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    I’m going with CONNECTION. I want to connect more my body, health, etc., so I feel my best, connect (in person) with friends and family, and connect more with the world around me in thoughtful, mindful way.

    • Elise Museles December 28, 2017 at 4:34 am #

      That is so beautiful, Sheryl! I hope 2018 is all of that for you!

  21. Susan Christy December 26, 2017 at 5:02 am #

    Focus. I feel like I bounce around from one thing to another, too many thoughts in my head and I need to slow down and focus on one thing at a time.

  22. janet December 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm #


  23. Belinda December 28, 2017 at 12:56 am #

    This is the 3rd year that I’ve chosen a word for the year. 2016 was “invigorate” because I was starting my healing journey out of fibro. 2017 has been “create” (create a healthy body, meals, mental outlook, music & sewing). 2018 has to be two words because I’ve been learning how inter-related they are. “Joy/gratitude” is my concept of focus for this year.

  24. Kc December 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    Thanks for this great post. I really love all your work! 🙂
    My word for 2018 is systematize. Because whether it’s incorporating a daily meditation ritual, having that morning smoothie, or automating my business – if it’s systematized, I’ll be set up for success in all areas.
    Wishing you an abundantly celebratory year ahead. <3

  25. Peggy December 29, 2017 at 2:10 am #

    I have been choosing a word of the year since 2008. This year it is nourish.

  26. Marilyn Veley December 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

    MINDFUL. I need to focus on whatever I am doing at the time. My brain is constantly multitasking, so I’m seldom present! My first word of the year was Simplify, then Connect, then Patient, then Accept and now Mindful. Awesome way to keep on track with a single word! Happy New Year…and thank you for your enthusiasm and encouragement!

    • Elise Museles January 9, 2018 at 2:36 am #

      Thank YOU for your enthusiasm and encouragement as well. I love your word choice and that you have been doing this for so many years too!!

  27. Trish January 1, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

    I thought coming up with a word would be difficult but when I test drove a Toyota adventure i instantly knew the word “adventure” would be my word for 2018.

    • Elise Museles January 9, 2018 at 2:34 am #

      I love that. Isn’t amazing how we are given signs all the time?!

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