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The new year’s resolutions alternative I’ve chosen for maximum impact

The new year's resolutions alternative I've chosen

Well, what a difference a year makes. During 2017 I became a godmother to my best friend’s baby, made the move into being self-employed full-time, sold our first home and moved into a new one. It was quite a year. There were ups and downs of course, but the highlights were pretty amazing. And I guess that’s what I love about starting a new year – looking back and celebrating the wins, the achievements and the good times and looking forward to what a whole new 12 months will bring.

I’m not really one for making resolutions and goals, but last year I made 3 resolutions for the new year. Writing them here on my blog helped me to look back at them every now and again to check my progress. This inspired me to try harder to achieve them, as they were resolutions that were really important to me. I feel I did a good job when choosing them. But I’d be lying if I said I remembered to look back at them often. Quite the opposite in fact. They regularly slipped from my memory for days, weeks and even months on end.

This year, I’ve pondered what to do about resolutions. Do I set any? I loved the ones I set myself last year, so maybe I should set them again? But I fancied a change and I wanted to set myself resolutions I would actually have a chance of remembering on the daily, not once in a blue moon.

Instead of setting myself a list of things to remember and keep referring back to, I realised that maybe I should ditch the list for a simpler method. I wanted a new year’s resolutions alternative that would give me maximum impact for 2018.

I had an idea.

Maybe just having a single word for the year would be a really good option. A single word that I can easily remember and remind myself of every day. One word that I can try to live my life by all year. Something that would make a real difference to me as a whole.

So, what word to pick?

I remembered reading something a little while ago that really resonated with me. The author spoke about deciding what activities you feel nourish you and what activities actually deplete you. Spending time really thinking about what nourishes you and what depletes you can be very interesting. I realised how many things nourish me that I don’t make enough time for. I also realised that there are so many things that I may think I enjoy doing that actually give me no joy at all.

I’ve found myself thinking of this quite a lot over recent weeks. It’s what lead me to think of my word for the year.


This year, I aim to do more of the things that nourish me and to get rid of or greatly lessen anything that doesn’t. I want to spend more time reading, being out in the fresh air, meditating and enjoy creating a home and garden that we really love. I want to do more of what is really good for me, good for my mental and physical health and good for loving life. Things that nourish my mind, my health, my happiness and my well-being.

I’ve put my word for 2018 in the front of a notebook I often use so that I see it and remind myself of it a great deal. Even when I don’t go near this notebook, I’ve been finding myself thinking of this one word throughout the day, every day. So much easier to remember and recall than a list of phrases or statements.

When I start doing something, I find I’m asking myself if it’s really going to nourish me or not. This has been the catalyst for me stopping an activity or spending more time doing another one.

I can’t help but feel that this word is really going to stick with me and make a real impact on my life the whole year through.

Have you made any resolutions this year? Maybe a word for the year may work for you too? As always, I’d love to know your thoughts.



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    10th January 2018 at 16:28

    I love that you said this year you aim to do more of what nourishes you rather than the latter. I love that!! All the best to you in 2018!

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      19th January 2018 at 07:56

      Thank you! Best wishes for a fabulous 2018 x

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    11th January 2018 at 22:51

    What a lovely idea! ‘Nourish’ certainly has a good feel to it, as though it would help keep you on track in so many different areas of life. I hope 2018 is a brilliant (and nourishing!) year for you 🙂

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      19th January 2018 at 08:00

      Thank you Gabrielle! And I hope you have a fabulous 2018 too x

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    14th January 2018 at 14:30

    So pretty! I hope 2018 is a wonderful year – filled with happiness, love and above all, health! Looking forward to seeing more of your posts! 🙂

    Layla xx

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      19th January 2018 at 12:39

      Thank you so much – and the very same to you! x

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    15th January 2018 at 14:55

    It’s like we have one mind because last year I decided on a single word for 2018. I haven’t published about it anywhere but I was going to write a blog post all about my Word of the Year and why I picked it 🙂
    By the way, I love those three goals you set for yourself for 2017, lovely. 2018 will definitely be the year when you achieve anything you put your mind into! I LOVE your word for 2018 <3 Nourish is such a strong word and it covers a lot of important area and how you are going to approach them.
    Loved this post SO MUCH, Jenny!
    xox Nadia

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      19th January 2018 at 17:55

      I love that you had to same thought too – looking forward to hearing what you picked as your word. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment Nadia! x

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    Abbey Louisa Rose (@abbeylouisarose)
    17th January 2018 at 21:02

    I think that picking one word to focus on for the year is an incredibly inspired idea! Like you have so rightly pointed out above, it is often very easy to forget what resolutions you set at the very start of the year but simply having one word can direct your focus in a much more meaningful manner! I like the fact that you can interpret “nourish” in so many different ways as well and make it applicable to a lot of different facets of your life. I wish you every success and I hope you find many things to nourish your life in 2018!

    Abbey xx

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      19th January 2018 at 18:00

      Abbey you are so kind – thank you! I really hope so and I’m enjoying being able to use the word all year round xx

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    18th January 2018 at 11:04

    This is such a good idea! I like your word for the year. It’s a nice trend I’ve seen where people pick a word to focus on rather than a set of goals, but I found a word tricker. I prefer having a couple of goals (mine if to spend less this year than I did last year, which I hope to achieve!)

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! The weather has been more bearable this week which is nice, not the crazy high temps we had last week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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      19th January 2018 at 18:06

      Thank you Mica! Best of luck with your goals this year and I hope you get to celebrate spending less 🙂 The weather here is so cold at the moment – it snowed a little the other day and it was really icy this morning. I can’t wait for it to warm up a little x

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    18th January 2018 at 12:24

    I totally agree, i’m trying to ‘nourish’ myself too this year, as I realise i’ve been to hard on myself for the past few years! Happy 2018! x

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      19th January 2018 at 18:07

      Best of luck – I hope that you are much easier on yourself this year 🙂 Happy 2018! x

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