My Word for 2017: Appreciate

I guess I’m not completely sure where and when this one word trend started. I believe it’s a book (one that I’ve never read), but regardless, I think it’s a good way to focus on a goal for the year without becoming overwhelmed.

So, my word for 2017 is appreciate.

My One Word: Appreciate

In previous years I’ve selected really ambitious words that were chock-full of power and potential and excitement. But honestly, that’s just not where I am in my life right now.

At this moment in my life I feel an overwhelming urge to slow down and appreciate my blessings. I am so thankful to God for giving me life, my family a job, and a safe place to call home. I have so much more than I need, but I keep getting caught up in longing for that next thing to appear in my life.

Instead of focusing so much on what’s next, I want to give thanks and appreciate what’s right in front of me. I don’t want to just be thankful and grateful, I want to appreciate the full value and uniqueness of the people and experiences in my life.

That’s not to say that I don’t have business and personal goals this year, because I totally do! Here are a couple of the things I want to accomplish in 2017.

  1. I’m going to read the whole bible

    Chronological Bible

    I’ve been wanting to pick up a chronological bible for a few months, so when I found out that the church we go to is having a bible reading challenge for 2017, I was really excited.

    The chronological bible that my church recommended is called Reading God’s Story: A Chronological Bible, and it gives you really small, bite-size readings for each day of the year. You can check off the readings as you progress. I am REALLY hoping to stay faithful to this reading goal.

  2. I’m going to make healthier choices

    Eating Healthy in 2017

    If you’ve been reading along with me over the years, you know that I’m all over the place when it comes to diets and weight loss. Insert pointed SIGH here.

    Coming to terms with the fact that I am a food addict has been tough, and I have gone off the rails more than once.

    It’s funny, because I used to watch those diet transformation shows and wonder how the contestants ended up gaining back all their weight. I used to wonder the same thing about certain celebrities.

    I no longer have to wonder, because it’s a cycle I can’t seem to stop repeating. It’s like my body is determined to erase any progress I make!

    I’m currently doing Weight Watchers (and not being paid or sponsored by them in any way), but honestly, it’s a struggle.

    I’m hoping that I can get back into that victorious mindset that helped me lose about 40 lbs. in 2015. I’d love to hear from you if you have any tips, insight or motivation to help me on my weight loss journey.

    You can also follow along with my food diary on Instagram @dearcrissy.

Do you have a word for 2017? I’d love to hear what it is and why you chose it!

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  1. My word of 2017 is actually two thousand and seventeen why it is called this is to help us realise how far we are in our lives and to remember and appreciate all of the lovely things that have happened to us because with all of the noisy confusion of life we often forget how fortunate we are.!

  2. Appreciate is a great choice. 
    I chose Grace. I am going to love others just the way they are versus what I want them to be for me. I am choosing to let go of the person I need them to be and embrace who they already are ? 
    Love as it is intended ‚̧ | Rainey Lane & Co.
    http://www.marymarthamae.com/love-as-it-is-intended-%e2%9d%a4/

  3. My word is GROW (spiritually)
    I wish I could give you my successs tips about weight loss, but this is my 4th time trying to loose weight. I used to have a very physically demanding job. Now not quite as much, so I’ve gained back about 10 pounds, which I can’t afford because this jobs uniforms will not fit. That being said, the key is a healthy diet and plenty of calorie burning exercise. Here’s to being physically fit!

  4. Dear Crissy,

    I love your recipes, I made your apple bites, they were a hit at my home ? & also at a Christmas Eve party I went to continuing on with your great recipes, that you. I want to also say Happy New Year ? to you along with your ¬†family & friends it’s going to be a good. Laurna from Florida.

  5. MY WORD FOR 2017 IS “BLESSED.” I’M EXTREMELY BLESSED THAT GOD GAVE ME THREE BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, GIVING, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, AWESOME DAUGHTERS! IF I COULD HAVE THREE MORE JUST LIKE THEM, I’D DOUBLE MY PLEASURE AND MY JOY! I THANK GOD EVERYDAY FOR HIS GLORIOUS GIFTS, AND ASK THAT HE PROTECT MY GIRLS FROM ALL HARM, AND BLESS THEM IN THE WAYS THAT HE KNOWS IS BEST FOR THEM. I’M A RETIRED SENIOR LADY OF 78 YEARS OF AGE, AND REALIZE THAT, NOW, BECAUSE OF MANY MEDICAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, THERE ARE THINGS THAT I CAN NO LONGER PHYSICALLY DO BY MYSELF. ALL THREE OF MY GIRLS WORK OUTSIDE THE HOME, YET, WHEN I NEED ANYTHING, ONE, TWO, OR ALL WILL BE HERE TO DO WHATEVER I NEED! WHEN I THINK OF OTHER SENIORS, WHO BECOME DISABLED, TO ANY DEGREE, AND HAVE NO CHILDREN, AND/OR HAVE CHILDREN THAT WON’T SEE TO THEIR NEEDS, IT BREAKS MY HEART, AND AGAIN, REALIZE HOW BLESSED I AM! THANK YOU, SWEET JESUS, FOR YOUR LOVING GRACE AND MANY BLESSINGS. AMEN.

  6. Hi Crissy, thank you for your post about your word for this year. ¬†I really enjoyed reading all you shared! ¬† ¬†This is the first time I’ve ever commented on someone’s blog but I had to as I felt as though I was reading what I would write right now about where I’m at in life too. ¬†And oddly, I’m wanting to do that same thing…live in the moment and enjoy each day, finding joy and blessings in each day. ¬†Find I’m usually waiting on the next thing as well. ¬†And believe it or not, I sat and wrote my goals for 2017 earlier today and the first thing on my list is to read the Bible through for the first time ever this year!! ¬†:). ¬†Thank you for sharing about those chronological Bibles and I’ll check them out. ¬†Making healthy choices is also one of my goals for this year, so you can see why I had to comment!! ¬†Lol. ¬†It’s almost too bizarre… ¬†:). ¬† ¬†(To share in return, for a tip about weight loss, personally I wouldn’t make it in a diet because then I want to eat everything in sight and rebel!! ¬†but I have cut out sugar, candies, cakes, :(. Treats, pop, coffee creamer, basically all sugar stuffs and have made healthier food choices overall and lost 10# in the last 1month+. ¬† And my weight hasn’t budged for years until now. ¬†Have also added walking when I can. ¬†And just trying to move more and I think that has helped. I wish you luck and am sure you’ll get where you want to be! ¬† ¬†:). ¬† ¬†My Word for 2017 is “God” because I want to work hard at focusing on Him this year. ¬† ¬†Thank you again for your post and Happy New Year to you!! ¬†
    Lori

    • Hi Lori! Wow, it sounds like we have a LOT in common!! :) Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and good luck with your goals in 2017. Stay in touch, I’d love to hear how they turn out!

  7. Present and not the gift kind, but acutely present of all moments to live in the moment

  8. My word is “forgiving!” Not only is it important to be forgiving of others, it is also so important to be forgiving of ourselves. People have a tendency to overlook the good they do for others and themselves! As long as we are making good choices in our lives, and are moving forward, we need to be less critical when we “slip up”!

  9. Hi Crissy 

    My key word this year is “Persevere”. I have been working on getting a website up and have run into obstacles.¬†
    Last years key word was “Transform” which I did with with a 51 pound weight loss, and I am half way to my goal. Thus, I need to “Persevere” to continue to lose weight.

  10. Grateful is my word

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