2020 Word For The Year: Let

January always feels like it exists longer than any one month should, but here we are – the last day. About to step off into the rest of what 2020 brings. I hadn’t posted on my word for the year yet and wanted to put it out into the Universe because I’m excited about all of the magic it holds.

My 2019 word for my year was LIGHT. I held that word tight to me during any dark times, I reveled in it under the sun on all of our 2019 trips, and when things felt a little heavy, I remembered LIGHT and that it was okay to lighten my load. LIGHT led to new friends, new adventures, and a new career path which I couldn’t be happier with. Dear LIGHT, you served me well.

My word of the year for 2020 is LET.

Let it be.

Let it in.

Let’s go!

Let it lie.

Let it out.

Let’s roam.

Let it go. 

Let’s have fun…

You get the point. Using LET as my word to meditate this year tells my type-A brain it has permission to do what it wants to do, what feels good, and that it doesn’t have to hold space for stuff that doesn’t. And that I don’t have to be the person who sweeps up after everyone or ties up all the loose ends just so someone else doesn’t have to. I can let those things be and focus on letting the good of life in. And I. Am. So. Excited about it.

LET is going to see me through us buying a home, me running the Big Sur half marathon and a twenty-mile trail race around Mt. St. Helens plus some really fun vacations – and those are just the plans for spring.

I think this is my 6th year of choosing a word to focus on for the year and it’s one of my favorite traditions. Some of my past words have been: simplify, harmony, connect, engage, and light.

It’s not too late (it’s never too late) – pick one word to focus on for yourself for 2020 and let it out!




One Word For 2018: HARMONY

10 days into the new year and I’ve purposefully been holding off on putting my new 2018 word into the universe. I had some trouble choosing a word this year, with all that 2017 had to offer and throw at us, it was a little daunting looking into 2018. Then on the cold morning of January 1st as I was walking the dogs back inside, I asked myself what I wanted more of in my life. We’d already set monthly goals instead of resolutions, and those were mostly about “taking” stuff away – no beer in January, no staying up late during the week, sticking to a healthy eating plan and meal prepping so no more eating out in January – and even though all that is great and good, it can be heavy. Then it hit me, I wanted some peace. Peace in the news, peace with friends, peace with family, peace entering a new family in 25(!) days, peace with Jake when we have things we don’t agree on, peace between our dogs, our neighbors, at work, in finances, everywhere. I just wanted a little less conflict, not that there necessarily was some in all of these areas, my wish was just that things could seem a little easier, less harsh. For me, for everyone in my life, and even all of those that aren’t (I know, I sound like a pageant contestant). I was a little burnt out with going, going, going and striving for every single goal in a new city, in a new job, in a new decade (hello, 30), and taking things so seriously when sometimes my best laid plans didn’t pan out exactly how I’d pictured. I’m a perfectionist at heart, and man, do I take that stuff seriously. I take everything right to my heart. Jake has literally been a godsend for my type-A lifestyle of being unnecessarily hard on myself, as he’s constantly teaching me about all the things I don’t have to carry around. But the truth is I do, because I’m a Libra and a people pleaser and an extrovert and that’s just me sometimes. I wasn’t fully sold on the word “peace” as my one word for 2018, though. So I toggled through some others and what I was wanting my new year and first year of marriage to look and feel like, and it came to me: HARMONY.

And let me tell you, I’ve been ruminating in that harmony since the 1st and it. is. glorious. CONNECT was a great action word to get me out of my comfort zones, meet new friends, start a new job, get engaged, make some crazy meaningful connections and strengthen my bonds, but after those connections are made, what needs to happen? They need to be nurtured and live in harmony. For ten days now I’ve meditated on harmony every morning, I’ve set “harmony” as my intention at every yoga practice, I’ve thought about it with every healthy meal I’ve made trying to rid my body of whatever cold virus is stuck around Seattle right now (I am so, so, so over coughing). I’ve thought about harmony when I’ve felt stressed and let things slide off of me, and I’ve even created wedding playlists around it and can’t wait to harmonize on the dance floor, singing at the top of my lungs with all of our nearest and dearest. I feel happier in harmony than I have in a while. Harmony is a good word. And I’m glad it found me. It was time.

Here’s to harmonizing the shit out of 2018, it’s going to be a good one!

One Word for 2017

I’ve spent the last twelve (!) months focused on my 2016 word: ENGAGE. I dedicated every weekly yoga practice to it. I meditated on it. I focused on that word so intently it feels a little like abandonment to move to a new word for 2017. But if I’ve learned anything from choosing a word for the new year instead of “resolutions” the last three years, it’s that these words become so much more than words. They seep into you as values, and they build on each other. Instead of hopping from one word to the next, these choices are creating a foundation for the way I want to live my life. They’re all connected.

My word for 2017 is CONNECT

Connect: bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established

I caught some flack for last year’s ENGAGE. How is CONNECT different from ENGAGE, you may ask?  Well, engage was about me being in a comfortable spot in life but needing to dig a little deeper. In my community, in my friendships, in love. And I feel so proud to say that I did all of those things I set out to last January. I engaged the heck out of 2016. Even when some of it was so, so, so scary (hello, moving across the country); even when some of it was hard (new job working remotely); and especially when 2016 brought me the love of my life and some of the best times with old friends, not just vacations, but actual experiences with people I love, engaging in our best lives. It was a busy year, but now, taking an actual second to reflect on it I feel proud of myself for 2016. Sure there are moments I wish I could redo, but I did it. I engaged. What’s funny to look back on is how we chose these words to frame our year, but can’t really see at the time how they will shape us for years to come. SIMPLIFY was my first word three years ago, and as we engage in building our home in the Pacific Northwest now, I keep coming back to it over and over and I just love that, because they feel connected

Moving into 2017, I’m pumped for CONNECT. Connect can have so many meanings. And it’s hard to argue that connection may be one of the single most important feelings we can experience. We are in a brand new part of the country, that admittedly, I don’t know a lot about. I need connections here, and to do that, I have to be the one to connect. (Bring on the new PNW gal pals!) No one is going to do that for me. Since I am now far away from most friends and family, I also need to pay more attention to keeping those connections strong. At home we are both busy working demanding full-time jobs, so making sure to connect after work is a new priority for me. I need to remember to connect to myself, to not let work or other things come before taking care of myself. The opposite is also true, there is some peace to be found in “disconnect”, to find the importance in feeling a little unplugged at times. Disconnecting to these types of distractions when I can will help me connect.

I feel a little like the word connect right now, with so many ways it can be used, on the precipice of just relocating to this amazingly beautiful place where I have the power to be a connector, to find a deeper connection to nature, to be the connecting link in setting up a great life where there are so many options. Connect has a circular theme, it will allow me to build stronger connections with people and the person I want to be that are unbreakable. Constantly connected. Moving physical locations doesn’t break that connection, which is something I had to learn the hard way the past year and is part of what helped me choose connect for 2017. Engage helped me ground myself in my quiet, re-engage with Missouri, and engage in real love. Engage was the perfect springboard for getting me out of my comfort zones so that I can connect to what I truly want. Connect will help me fly, feel, radiate, and promote the positivity all this change 2017 can, has, and will bring.   

(And yes, that is a real life, unedited photo from my first hike as a Pacific Northwesterner. Unreal.)


Cheers to all 2017 connections!  ~ Amanda

One Word for 2015.

Resolutions… nah.


One word to set the tone for the New Year. One word to encompass all you want to accomplish on your 2015 journey.

Goals are great, but this year I’m trying something new. I’m picking one word to aspire to for the next 12 months. My goals will evolve from this word and I will try my best to live true to its definition. My word for 2015 is simplify: to make (something) simpler or easier to do or understand.

2015 is the year I take care to simplify my possessions, stress less about things that are out of my control, waste less, spend less, expend energy only on what truly matters and simply focus on what is important to me.

Simplify. I’m making it my own.

What’s your word?

Word up ~ Am