My Word For 2018

My Word For 2018My Word For 2018

Last year I think I was far too ambitious with my word of the year. ‘Shine’ was probably placing too much pressure on myself to be the best, and I definitely fell short of that. Who wouldn’t? I had such high plans for the year and, while I achieved so many things, it was a bit of a meh one.

As I said last year, I’m not normally one for this kind of thing. I’m really really bad at the whole mindfulness thing. I get far too distracted by everything else that needs doing and don’t really understand why it’s necessary to take time to meditate or whatever. I have too much to do and not enough time to do it – why make it harder with precious minutes taken up by absolutely nothing?

But I think that’s where I’ve been going wrong. I’ve taken on too much and expected to be great at all of it, and solve all my problems along the way, without pausing for thought.

So that’s my plan for 2018 – to pause, to stop and to breathe.

My Word For 2018
BREATHE (v.)

  1. Take air into the lungs and then expel it, especially as a regular physiological process.
    1. (of a fish) draw in water with dissolved oxygen through the mouth and force it out through the gills.
    2. (of a cell, tissue, or living organism) exchange gases, especially by means of a diffusion process.
    3. Be alive; remain living.

My word of 2018 is breathe. It’s a reminder to stop and sort myself out, stop and get some sleep, stop being harsh on myself and take some time to just do nothing.

A few weeks ago I shared that I managed to accidentally sleep for an entire day. A whole Saturday spent asleep, fully dressed, next to a bowl of chicken soup. I learnt on that day that nothing bad happens if you just stop for a while. In the same way, nothing bad will happen if I take five minutes to just think about what I’m doing and why.

So here’s to 2018, and here’s to taking the time to be alive; remain living. x



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  • That is such a good word for 2018. I guess mine would be either dream or motivation. I just feel like they fit for all the plans and events I have happening this next year (my wedding being the biggest one of all!!)

    The Lisa’s World

  • Such a great post idea, and great word choice. I think I choose value as my word – it inspires me to appreciate my surroundings and also myself too!

    Paige xo // The Joys of Being Paige

  • I think thats such a brilliant word for 2018. Everybody needs some time out to breathe, even though we all live such busy lives, its so important to step back once every now and then and just take a breath in relax, and revaluate!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Love it

  • I love this idea of a word of the year! And breathe is such a great one – lordy knows I could use the reminder every now and again, for sure!

  • I know exactly what you mean about mindfulness and before I started taking more time out to relax I had exactly the same mindset, I didn’t want to waste my time doing that because it seemed stupid when I was so busy! In my last year of uni I started to realise just how important it was to relax and breathe, I was actually more productive and happier when I did! Such a lovely post idea and I think I’m going to give myself a word for 2018 too x

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  • My word for 2017 was ‘giving’ and this year its ‘love’ xx

    Chelle | http://www.chellebelle2016.blogspot.com

  • “Breathe” has been my word the past few months and I honestly feel like it could be EVERYONE’S word. I don’t know one person who wouldn’t benefit from slowing down and taking some pressure off of themselves.

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

  • I love that you choose a word for the year – breathe is definitely a good one and one I definitely need to put to use this year. Taking some time out is so important xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • What a wonderful word for 2018! I’ve been trying to think of what mine will be, and I’m still a little stumped tbh. I think breathe is such an important word to remember, as we all rush around without taking just a few minutes to breathe, slow down and really think about things. x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Breathe is such a positive and wonderful word of the year and I’ll join you in fully embracing it! Alice xxx

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  • I really like Breathe for 2018. I’ve never done a word of the year – perhaps I should start!