Word for the Year – A Gritty One

Do you have a word for the year?

A goal?

A phrase?

Some kind-of word or saying that represents a resolution of some sort? Or do you have a specific resolution?

Some live by them. Some hate the thought of them. You?

Me? I like the idea of starting fresh, and each morning is a bit of a new start, for me. I don’t set new intentions everyday, but then again, maybe I do. Maybe “intention” is just a fancy name for TO-DO LIST… *wink wink*

Mondays are generally a despised day for many, but I actually see Mondays as new opportunity. New blooms. I like Mondays.

Though I don’t set a word intention for each week, I do tend to set a word intention for the year. I try to be the cool, aloof person I sometimes wish I was… I try to pretend I have it all together and claim don’t have the need for a resolution or “word”.

I suppose I’ll never be THAT cool or aloof. My mind is always flipping through options. Inspirations. Motivation. Focus. Resolve.

The words above are what this idea of finding a word for the year is for me. It’s moving forward with intent v. ambiguity. It is an acknowledgement of the misses… and the wins of the past. It recognizes the gaps.

I often go for the feel-good words/phrases like “transformation” or “grace” or “get it girl”… But this year the word I keep returning to is not glamorous.

My word doesn’t look sparkly on a styled graphic. Rather, I think it stirs a bit of gritty recall.

And that word is LABOR.

Anybody here given birth before? I chose to NOT use a birth labor picture, btw.

You’re welcome.

This past year, my word was FAMILY. I pulled away from distractions and focused a lot of time an energy on and with my family. That pull away affected other areas, and now it is time to get back into fields that have become overgrown. Or dead.

This year I labor.

I will still prioritize family. I learned a lot and chose the right priority for the season. But our needs are different now, and I have some release to make a shift.


Not unlike the farmer… prepping soil, planting seeds, and working the field to make ready for a harvest.

I need that harvest.

I guess HARVEST could be the word… but perhaps that should be reserved for next year… especially as I honor this year’s LABOR.

For me, this focus is a cross between action and creativity. Labor is active, but how is it creative?

I’m not exactly sure how it will look for me, but I can’t help but think of the farmer and the creative ways he must work the fields to yield a crop. Or perhaps the mother in labor… the creative mindset she must have during labor in order to hold that baby.

Labor. And the fruit of it.

If you are not into God/faith… you can totally click away now. I’m going to go a bit further on the faith-based track, and I know it’s not for everyone.

Colossians 4:22 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and thankful heart. ” This shapes the path of my labor.

1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” This shapes the face of my labor.

Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This shapes the heart of my labor.

I want to labor in love. Love for others, love on behalf of others… I want to labor in prayer so the labor of my heart and hands is fortified by God… His will and His blessing.

I don’t want to labor in vain. Been there. Done that. Over and over and over. And I just don’t want to anymore.

Y’all, I am a capable woman. I could easily run away with my list and work (labor) very hard on all the things I think I need to work on.

By myself.

While I am very willing to do the work, I just am not willing to be a lone wolf. I want to labor in the will of God and dang… typing that is hard.

I am always so fearful His will is to teach me some lesson… about patience, and perseverance.

I am so tired of learning lessons.

I am already so tired from persevering.

Why do I view God and me in a relationship where I am always in a seat of having to learn a lesson vs. in a seat of relief and victory???

Yet, maybe that’s just life. Am I the only one working hard and struggling? Absolutely not. Furthermore, I don’t actually believe God is delving out road bump after road bump to slow/wear me down for a lesson either. I actually believe it’s man and our egos and selfishness getting in the way of that desired relief and victory.


All that to say, I am preparing for labor with the hope of a harvest. I have a specific harvest I am hoping for and I also know life is, um…. interesting. I am hunkering down and mentally preparing for unknown twists and turns and wins along the way to keep me going.

How about you? Ya got any words or intentions for the year? Ya got any scripture or encouraging words to share that I can add to my journal (have you seen my videos on monthly and weekly Bullet Journal layouts?) to read on the hard days?

I wish you a happy, healthy, and deeply fulfilling 2019, my friends. And on that note… be looking for some things from me… I will be launching something exciting SOON (see: LABOR)!

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9 Responses to “Word for the Year – A Gritty One”

  1. jubilee says:

    I always step sideways when people ask me about a word or phrase for the year. I’m not sure why, other than feeling like it boxes me into something that I don’t have control over. And if, at the end of the year, I look back and haven’t adhered to that, I feel I’ve failed. That’s a whole lot of anxiety for this perfectionist.
    BUT, after reading your post and being encouraged by the Scripture you included, this year I will be looking for a word or phrase to focus upon. Thanks! And I’ll be praying your Labors of Love are fruitful. Many blessings, my friend!

    • Jenny says:

      I SO appreciate your words, Jen. There is definitely a fine little line – that “boxing in”. And that perfectionistic bent… I hear ya. We are all so different, and that’s what’s cool too. What works for one may not jive with the other, but I know we all have great ideas to offer one another. Thanks so much for those prayers – I accept! Prayers your way too… xoxo

      • jubilee says:

        I have found my phrase for the year! It’s not very spiritual sounding — ha! It’s: “Choose Your Hard.”

        So many life changes are hard to make. It’s also hard to stay the same, when you know you’ve got to or should be doing something. So, I can stay the same, knowing my circumstances are hard. Or I can change, knowing that those changes will be hard, but at least I am moving forward and not stuck.

        Thanks for a blog post that challenged me to think about this and not do what I’ve done in the past: shrug it off.

  2. Faith Youmans says:

    Love your heart! Those who sow tears will reap harvests of joy!(psalms somewhere) I don’t have a word for the year but if I had a life word it would be Jesus! I’m on board anytime to hear more of your heart.

  3. Samantha says:

    I love the idea of a word or phrase! It is more a mindset that can be so finite but yet vast and still encompassing.
    Your word of “Labor” connects with my season of life as well. I think it is one that we can each connect with, as we all want to see the fruits of our labor and crave for them to be fulfilling to not only ourselves but those we love.
    It is such an empowering word, especially for women who are often not thought of as labor intensive despite the wear and passion that we throw into our lives.
    I am excited to see where your journey takes you this year and look forward to sharing the moments of joy, laughter, trials, and persistence together. ♥️

    • Jenny says:

      Hey Samantha!I love what you wrote “…especially for women who are often not thought of as labor intensive despite the wear and passion that we throw into our lives.” So much that. So well put. Cheers to you and hopes for a vibrant, lovely 2019… excited to take it on with awesome ladies like you around 🙂

  4. Beautiful Post Jenny!
    I’ve been feeling a lot of the same things. 2018 was a rollercoaster. Big highs and heartbreaking lows.
    My word for 2019 is Serenity. Part of that is embracing peace, in my business, my home (hello Hygge), for and with my family and in my body (it doesn’t always work how I’d like her to!). I’m finding serenity in art journaling about the life I want to live. I’m joining a art co-op so I can cultivate my stills and give myself time away from home to create.
    Praying your labor this year is one of peace and fulfillment Jenny. ?

    • Jenny says:

      Sweet Machele… I am sorry 2018 held so many challenges. I love your word… Serenity. It sounds like a perfect fit. I have recently latched onto the concept of Hygge and hope to learn more about it/integrate it into my life! And of course I am so excited to hear about your passion for art journaling… and joining the art co-op! Serenity indeed <3

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