One Little Word® for 2019: believe

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I know, I am late with this. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve picked a guiding word for the year for a few years now, but sometimes the word comes easier than other times. (Here are the words I picked in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.)

I’ve had a hard time coming up with a word for this year. 2019 has been off to such a weird start for me that nothing felt quite right. January was mostly a blur. It was the longest month ever, but at the same time, it still feels like we just celebrated New Year’s (anyone else?)

So, I’ve been racking my brain for a word that could be adequately applied to this year and I decided that my word is going to be BELIEVE.

be·lieve [bih-leev] (verb)

to accept something as true, genuine, or real
to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something

I am generally a glass-half-full kinda person, so my approach to most things is optimistic.  So it really threw me off that the shutdown situation effected me more mentally than physically (as in, financially). “Not knowing” when things will get back to normal (or when the next paycheck is coming in) was incredibly hard, even for a general optimist like myself. I want to apply this mindset to my life even more this year. I am not a religious person, but I believe in positivity and karma.

I’ll continue to believe in the good in people, as I always do. In most people, anyway. Not necessarily in the leader of our country (because OMG, is he f***ing it up for everyone!), but karma will take care of that, eventually, am I right?

I believe that in the end, things will work out.

I believe that obstacles are there to be overcome. Is it fun to run into roadblocks? Absolutely not, but there is always a life lesson hidden in the struggles somewhere.

I’ll try hard and believe in myself a little more. Sometimes I feel confident in my work, sometimes I feel like a fraud (imposter syndrome, anyone?) and I know that I need to work on my self-confidence. I am not one to toot my own horn and I surely don’t know how to self-promote, but people value my skills, work ethic and dedication,  sometimes you (and with ‘you’, I mean, I) should just believe them.

I’ll believe that we made the right move when we moved (pun intended!) and will make many happy memories in our new place.

I’ll believe that I can reach and work towards those goals I posted the other day.

Sometimes life is about the ability to believe in where you are going, even when you’re not sure what lies ahead.

Did you pick a word for the year? Which one and why?
  1. Believe is a great word and something I think everyone should do. Life gets to crazy sometimes not to believe there has to be something bigger and better out there. This year I chose Grow. I think I got a little suck last year and wanted to grow in all areas of my life. As a person, grow my blog and social media, grow some plants and hopefully don’t kill them. Grow :) . Have an amazing week!!

  2. Believe is a great word to pick! I love hearing people’s explanations for their word and how they want it to apply to the coming year. I’ve never picked a word for a year. I think it’s a cool idea but it’s not something I’ve ever put the time into thinking about! But it’s a good exercise to do as it’s nice to have a simple word to come back to and reflect upon!

    New Year feels like a lifetime ago for me. But we’ve had AWFUL weather lately so the last 3-4 weeks have felt like the longest weeks as we’ve been cooped up indoors. It was 20F this morning when I left for work which felt “warm” – ha!

  3. This is a fantastic word choice! I believe there will be better things to come also. And I believe you will do a great job living out this word!!

  4. I think this is a wonderful word for the year. I think ti’s tough to sometimes believe that things will work out, but I’m trying too!


  5. Yes, I just adopted that word too. But in a very personal and religious way. I lost my best friend. I cared for her while she was at home, and got her settled in Hospice a week before she died.
    I need to believe that we will see each other again. I do believe in God and in a Hereafter. So it is there I BELIEVE I will see Candy.
    I like your word for 2019.

  6. I really like your word! It can apply to many aspects of life, and it has a very positive connotation. My word is ‘discovery’ – I’ve been feeling out-of-touch with myself, so I want to better understand myself and what I want out of life.

  7. I had a really hard time picking a word this year and was a little late to the party with mine, but I think it’s worth the wait when you come up with a good one. Believe is a good word! I love all the possibilities that come with it!

  8. Dear San,
    I believe you choose a wonderful word. And it seems our goals and intentions are so much aligned even though our words vary slightly- how fun that is.
    I am sorry to hear that the shutdown threw you off like that.
    Hope your word gives you lots of strength for the remaining months.

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