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i still remember my grandmother asking me one New Year’s Eve

what my resolutions were for the new year.

i was in high school

and already then i had a list in my head of ways i wanted to improve

new things i wanted to try


i still make a list every year

but no longer resolutions –

now i set intentions which seem less doomed to failure.

intentions i can easily begin again

when i get sidetracked or completely fall off the wagon

intentions are a more positive approach to making change


here are some tips for setting intentions:

set aside some quiet time, with pen & paper, and a cup of coffee or tea

ask yourself these questions:

what do i want my life to be like this year?

how do i want my life to be different?

which areas of me do i want to improve?


then consider this:

what are my gifts and talents that God has given specifically to me?

am i using them?

am i living out my calling?


now list intentions for specific areas

here are some examples:

physical (how can i take better care of myself?)

emotional (do i need to work on my outlook or attitude? or how i react to challenges?)

spiritual (what can i do to improve my spiritual life?)

relationships (is there a relationship that needs extra time, attention, prayers)

creative (yes, we all are creative – that’s another blog post 🙂  am i setting aside time for what gives me joy and a way to express myself?)

professional (how can i improve at work? am i happy doing what i do? if not, what can i do about it? do i need better balance between work and personal life?) 


another helpful thing is to choose one word to focus on through the year.

some word ideas include . . .

shine, dwell, thrive, become

grow, be, give, content

choose joy, breathe, live boldly

be thankful, be brave, be still, be the good

simplify, embrace, conquer, cultivate

courage, savor, cherish, enjoy

need help choosing a word?

click here


after working through these questions,

you will have the beginnings of a plan for change

but the best of plans can fail if done without God’s help.

‘Commit your actions to the Lordand your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3


ask God to bless your word, your intentions, and the year ahead

as the psalmist says:

‘May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.’ –Psalm 20:4


 here is a simple form to help set your intentions


finally, make your word visible

keep it in front of you

wear it!

i’d love to help you live with your word and make a change

by customizing a cuff with your word on it.

i’ve been wearing my word the last four years

and believe me it helps me stay focused on my intentions

by wrapping it around my wrist every day.

if interested, you can learn more about it here.


blessings on your new year!


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these days between Christmas and New Years

are some of my favorite of the year –

Christmas still fresh in the heart

and on the brink of a new year

it’s here in the in-between

i spend time reflecting


its a time to look inward

at how we’ve grown over the past year,

how we’ve been made stronger

how we’ve been blessed.


it’s a time to evaluate –

am i living to the fullest?

how am i using my time?

 am i using my gifts?


it’s a time to look back at where the path has brought us

what has happened,

what has been accomplished,

opportunities missed or taken

and when the path took an unexpected turn –

how we have been blessed despite that


it’s a time to look ahead

to a new year full of possibility and potential

a time to dream big

a time to plan – to pray and persist in that plan


the last four Januarys

i have set my intentions

(seems better than resolutions)

and chosen one word that captures those intentions

one word to focus on

to live with for the year


it has been a tremendous tool for me

helping me grow in a specific area

usually the word is simple but has many facets:

one year, my word was ‘dwell

i chose it because i wanted to

dwell in the moment instead of rushing on to the next one,

dwell in the Word

dwell in my home (aka – spend less time at work)


another year i chose the word ‘thrive

and used each letter to represent a certain intention that would help me thrive:

t‘ was using my time wisely

h‘ was to stay hydrated since i have an aversion to drinking water

r‘ was to set aside time to rest and relax

all those intentions were to help me not just survive each day, but thrive!


i’ll admit that it’s easy to forget that one word

but have found it helpful to always have that word in front of me

on the windowsill above the kitchen sink

on the frig

as a desktop background

but the best way i have found to be reminded of my intention for the year

is to wear it


once i began wearing my one little word

it became a way for me to live with it every day if i so chose

a constant reminder


i still benefit from monthly prompts from

the one little word project

and i encourage you to check out Ali Edward’s site

if you are serious about making a change in 2016.

but just wrapping it around my wrist every day has helped me just as much


i hope you’ll consider choosing one or two words that

sum up your intentions for 2016

 i would be honored to help you wear it

just click here to learn more about that

(need help choosing your one little word and setting your intentions? click here for simple questions to ask yourself)


may the new year hold many blessings and possibilities for you




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i love the start of a new year

so much potential

so many possibilities lie ahead


i spent the first day of 2015 reflecting and journaling

a luxury that did my soul good

as i look back, so much to be grateful for

as i look ahead, a fresh path of possibilities

dreams and goals

wondering what God has in store for me


to keep me focused i like to choose one word every year

one little word

a word that resonates with me

encompasses what i need to work on

a word that will help me grow


last year my word was SHINE

i chose this passage to give it spiritual meaning

‘let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’ – Matthew 5:16


this year my one little word is BECOME

it means to change and to grow

i want to focus on more of what God wants than what i want

to use my gifts that he’s blessed me with

and to live out my calling ( and discover what that is!)

i couldn’t decide which passage i liked best, so i’m using two

‘. . .be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will..’ – Romans 12:2


‘…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ – Philippians 1:6


i encourage you to choose your own little word

find a scripture passage to help define it

pray about it

then live it everyday the best you can


here’s to a year of possibilities

and to a gracious God who walks with us every step of the way

– Tracy

learn more about ‘One Little Word’ here

as long as we are talking about words, check out A Word For Women and subscribe to their weekly devotions.

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