Word of the Year // 2017

Happy New Year!

My word for 2016 was ruminate. I wanted to be intentional, to think things through. And I definitely thought about things. Some friends who got a peek into my thought process at times might say I thought a little too much!

One thing that I thought a lot toward the end of the year was my dreams. As in, maybe I’ll give them up. And for a few weeks in September and October, I was done. I was done writing, I was done pursuing my writing goals. Life would be easier if I just let them go.

ButΒ that didn’t sit well with me. I couldn’t let go of the desire to write and create. It’s just… part of me.

Instead, I decided to feed myself. I took a break from writing for a month and read a ton of books. I attended a conference. I took writing class after writing class. And I felt like I came to a good place.

Sharing my word and goals for 2017. // dreams-etc.com

So, my word for 2017 is…


I’m want to pursue:

>> Writing. And work on writing daily. Not a strict practice, of course. If I miss a day, I miss a day. It will happen. But I want to write daily as much as I possibly can.

>> Art. IΒ want to paint and draw and take photos.

>> Blogging. Because I love this little space and want to continue filling it with all things I love: books, beauty, travel and creativity.

>> Self-Care. I think I need to prioritize this a bit more, because I don’t want to get to the point where I give up again. That’s just not me.

>> Travel. I love it. And it inspires me, so I need to do it more often.

Sharing my word and goals for 2017. // dreams-etc.com

As always, I like to put my word someplace where I’ll see it every day, so I drew inspiration from the first year I chose a word and cut the letters out of a passage of my writing. I decided to put it by my desk, since that’s where I usually am when I’m working. I originally planned to have an entire wall of inspiration complete by the time I needed to take these photos, but it’s still a work in progress. Life has been a little busy. πŸ™‚

Do you have a word or goals for 2017? I’d love to hear about them!

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  • Reply
    January 3, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I love your word for 2017! And the fact that you are keeping it in a prominent spot so that you can see it and think about it frequently. I’m not sure where I would be without writing, and sometimes I get stuck in ruts. It’s so easy to walk away discouraged, but when it’s every bit a part of you, you can’t just give up. So it’s wonderful you fed your brain with books and classes and inspiration instead πŸ™‚ Here’s to a wonderful 2017 πŸ™‚ XOXO

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 3, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you Charlotte! Yes, I like to keep it right where I can see it, that way it’s never far from my mind. I still have the first word of the year that I ever chose (back in 2014, I think) on my door so that I see it everyday. (It was “Create.”)

      I don’t know where I’d be without writing either and, like you said, when it’s part of you, you just can’t give it up. Even if you want to sometimes. πŸ™‚

      Yes! Here’s to a wonderful 2017! πŸ™‚

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    January 3, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I am loving this word of the year trend. I think mine would be intentional πŸ™‚

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 3, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      That’s a great word to guide a year! I actually read a blog post today where someone listed that as their word of the year.

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    Chrissy Z.
    January 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I just love your word: PURSUE! What a great choice! And I love the collage you made! And that quote!! So much inspiration! Love it so much! Wishing you good luck with your new word for the new year! Hugs, friend xxx

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 3, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you Chrissy! I’m excited to pursue all of these things in 2017. πŸ™‚ And thank you! I’m still working on it, but the little bit that’s complete makes me happy whenever I look at it.

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    Chelsea Jacobs
    January 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Love your word and the reasons behind it!

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    January 3, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Ive seen so many people do word of teh year and I wish I had done it!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 3, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      You still can! I’ve found choosing a word to be so helpful, because it’s in the back of my mind throughout the year and really helps focus on something as I move forward. πŸ™‚

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    Shann Eva
    January 3, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Awesome! I love your word, and how you are going to be using it this year. I still am thinking about mine. Once I stop, it will probably hit me. I love how you hung it up too.

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ I always have a hard time coming up with a word when I’m actively thinking about it. This year and last year the word was just one that was on my mind toward the end of the previous year and they fit, so those are the ones I’ve gone with.

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    January 4, 2017 at 10:05 am

    So glad you got back into your dreams and did not give up. I have been there before too. It happens to the best of us. Sometimes taking a little break helps a lot. Self care is def one thing I will be working on this year. I slowly worked on it last year but want to improve more this year. Good luck with your word of the year!! You got this!!!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 6, 2017 at 10:17 am

      I am too! πŸ™‚ It’s always hard to take a break, but so important when you’re feeling worn out. I’ve always known that, but last year really showed me how important that is. I’m glad to hear that you are working on self-care this year too. I’ve heard that from some others too.

      Thank you! I’m excited to see what happens with you this year too!

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    Mia Sutton
    January 4, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    LOVE your word! And that you’ve set intentions about your dreams. You’ve got this, friend! xo

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    Joy Lynn
    January 5, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I love how you came to your word for this year! And such a creative way to remind yourself of it every day!

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      Crystal @ Dreams, etc.
      January 6, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Thank you, Joy! I really like how I put it together this year. It makes me happy whenever I look up from my computer and see it.

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