Word for the Year 2017

Every year for the last little while, I have joined my friend Leonie in choosing a word to help define our years. Some years some of the family also join in, which makes it really lovely.

I have never been very good with resolutions, I find them difficult to make and stick too. I don’t do lists, it is like I have some kind of commitment phobia to them. But the word for the year concept, suits my personality really well.

After a months of renovating last year (8 months, almost growing a baby worth of time), I felt like I just wanted to get my life back. Not that I had lost my life as such, renovations are as much a part of every day life as a walk in a beautiful park or so I kept telling myself, over and over again.

While it doesn’t rate on the top ten most stressful life events, it does seem to rate on the top ten most stressful financial life events. Google is littered with articles about how to make this season less stressful, and how to help your marriage survive a renovation. So it can’t only be me that struggled with it.

So I chose the word life, with a twist of lemon.

Knowing that other languages can sometimes be richer than the English language, I wanted to find a word that was deeper than just live or life.

Knowing that the Hebrew language can be like this, I turned to the Psalms and found this verse


I took my word for 2017 from a Hebrew word for life, that is found in this passage.


Phonetic- khaw-yah’ee


1) to live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live for ever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health

I wanted a deep word, that encapsulated more than just every day living. I liked the idea of sustaining life, living prosperously, to be restored to life or health. That is what I felt I needed to happen in 2017.

I don’t know that I can look back over the past 12 days and think that things have radically changed, other than perhaps saying yes a little more, or having the word under gird my thoughts and plans.

It has shaped my attitude towards events in a more positive way, as I can hold myself accountable and have a little chat with myself when I am feeling a bit down.

How about you?  Do you do resolutions or word for the year?  Do you have different goals for different parts of your life or do you take a more holistic view?

I would love to hear how you do it.



P.S If you would like to ‘hear’ about my word choice you can watch the video here.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Jenny says:

    Love this. thank you for sharing.


    1. Maria Loves says:

      Thank you for reading x

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jenny says:

        You’re welcome!


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