My 2017 Word of the Year is Perseverance

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In 2017, I wish to have the perseverance to endure life’s difficult challenges and to embracing hope for the future.

Happy New Year!  I can’t believe it’s 2017 but I am so glad that 2016 is over!  A new year means a new me!  Among all of my New Year’s Resolutions the key word is “perseverance.”  Without it, I can’t achieve any of my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions.

Would you agree with me?

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My 2017 Word of the Year is Perseverance

“Perseverance” [pur-suhveeruh ns] Noun. [Source:]

  1. Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
  2. Theology.  Continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

In last week’s post, Mommy’s Best Amazon Finds New Year’s Resolution, I stated six of my goals for 2017.  Many of my resolutions came from the turmoil of 2015 and 2016.  My hope is that 2017 is the year I regain my sense of footing on Earth again.  If you’ve been following my blog, I’ve written about the hardest moments in my life in my post, When Being Mommy Wasn’t My Priority.  My world fell apart in 2015 and until now, I have been picking up the pieces and trying to put it back together.

The last two years I have been in survival mode.  Not really moving forward or the forward motion is so small that it’s negligible.  I felt that I was stuck in time like the movie, Ground Hog’s Day, only to realize that my mind was the only part of me that was stuck in time.  Realizing how much damage my self-worth and my well-being sustained; I joined a new church, sought counseling and placed myself in the care of my doctor.

I was anxiety-ridden and getting sicker.  It took over a year to deal with the trauma itself and another year to manage my symptoms.  Entering into 2017, I wanted something different for myself.  This year, I want to be happy.  I don’t want to be content, “just fine,” or barely above the water.  I want to be wholeheartedly and expressively happy.  I’ve spent the last two years coping with my problems and realized that I’m the the one holding myself back from true healing.

So what does “perseverance” mean to me?  It is choosing to never give up during difficult life challenges and striving to exceed my own expectations for a exponentially better future.  Not wallowing in my own self-pity or that feeling content is okay.  I want to feel great, wonderful, blissful, joyful; I want to be happy.  Will you join me?

What’s your word of the year for 2017?

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42 Replies to “My 2017 Word of the Year is Perseverance”

  1. Thats a great word choice for your foundation of 2017. I think mine is “awaken” as a reminder to myself to awaken to ME. I also will “let it go…let it goooOOooO” of other things that are not giving me a good vibe.

  2. I love this. I love the word perseverance. I think it strikes up with me because 2016 was difficult, but I made it through. I lost my brand new job after telling my new employer I was pregnant and financially it was tough. 2017 is the year to grow and preserver.

  3. Oh hun sorry to hear about the difficulties you have faced but unfortunately I know all too well how that feels. However like you I choose perseverance and I choose survival because I know that one day we will be rewarded for our efforts.

  4. Great word that holds a lot of meaning! Hopefully it helps you to stay focused and meet your 2017 goals!

  5. Sounds like a great word to live by. I never knew of this trend of picking a word for the year until recently. I still don’t have one for myself.

  6. That’s a wonderful word for 2017! My word is calm. I tend to over react so I want to try and remain calm in all things this year.

  7. I love this! I probably do not have enough perseverance! What a great word to proclaim over the new year!

  8. That is a great word to live on this year. 2016 was a bit rocky for me. May have to steal your word for myself!

  9. I just watched The Founder in the theatre, and it had a great piece on determination and perseverance. It really is the king of success.

  10. This is a great word, I think this is such a great way to get get through the year always thinking about the word you chose for the year.

  11. You got this, girl! You already have the mindset to make it happen and that is such a great word that you’ve picked. I wish 2017 will be your year. I can honestly tell you from my very own experience dealing with infidelities (the main cause of my divorced almost 7 years ago) that it takes time to heal, to move forward the ugly aftermaths of what infidelities caused me. Right now, as clique as it sounds, my divorce has actually made me grow to the be the woman I was meant to be.

  12. Perseverance is a great one! I’m currently in need of that little push to keep on keepin’ on myself… it’s been a slow start to the year! Good luck with everything and stay positive! Xo

  13. Sounds like this is the perfect word for you! I am so proud of you for taking charge and plowing ahead, you’re gonna have a great year!

  14. I wish you all the best in 2017 – I’m sure you’ll kick this year’s butt!:) Perseverance is a great word to choose for this year, very inspiring & motivating! x

  15. You go girl! Perseverance is a wonderful word to dedicate 2017 to. It’s inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Wow, what a powerful word and it defiantly suits you after reading your story. That took perseverance!! My word of the year was FOCUS. I feel like I didn’t really pick it, it picked me. I’m still trying to find my focus but this year has already thrown me for a loop.

  17. Perserverance was actually my word last year (2016) because I had so many challenges at work, at home, and other personal stuff. And I am happy that I was able to overcome it. This year my word is gratefulness. 🙂

  18. That’s a great word and one that I will adopt too, but for different reasons. Becoming self employed is something that takes huge perseverance and every time I want to give up I have to remind myself why I’m doing it and to keep pushing on.

  19. michelle mink says: Reply

    Perseverance is a great word for 2017. I have never picked out a word to have for the year but if I did I think it would be focus.

  20. Reesa Lewandowski says: Reply

    I’m sorry you had a rough time over the last few years. Good for you for striving for better this year! Best of luck!

  21. Perseverance is a wonderful word. It’s never easy to pick up the pieces and move forward, but it sounds like you’re on the road to recovery. My word for this year is focus.

  22. A fantastic word for the year, I think survival is going to be my word with all of the juggling I have to do and another baby due :p

  23. I love the word that you chose, the story behind why. Thanks so much for sharing all of that. I hope this year brings you everything you want

  24. That is a perfect word for the year. I love it! I definitely will be working on perserverance as well.

  25. That is a great word to use for this year. I hope you have a better year and make the most of it.

  26. What a great word to choose for centering your year around. I also chose a word to focus on for the rest of the year, “thrive.”

  27. As a military wife who could barely handle her busy schedule I am truly glad I came across your post. I also love the word PERSEVERANCE. Thanks for sharing why you chose this word for this blog!

  28. Perseverance is something that I wish everyone had. Everyone has challenges and this is what gets us over all obstacles.

  29. I think that is a great word for the year. Being strong is definitely challenging at times! My word for 2017 is ACTION.

  30. Perseverance is a big thing for me this year too. There’s so many things I want to accomplish but so many things I need to do to get there. Hopefully this year is good to us!

  31. Perseverance is something that actually planted in the heart, mind and soul of men – in what I believe planted by God -. Keep moving forward, let go the past, open your heart for the healing, then you’ll be fine knowing that you are support in the palm of the Almighty’s hands.

  32. I don’t have a word for this year, but I love the concept. I also love the word that you chose. Wishing you the best! 🙂

  33. No matter what we face it’s always a great choice to persevere. There’s nothing like moving on and achieving your goals instead of just giving up. I really like your word of choice for this year!

  34. Setting a goal to be happy is a great thing to do!! I believe we move toward what we focus on. If you focus on being happy, you will achieve it. Just remember to recognize and record what makes you happy, and it’ll be easier to see that you are, indeed, happy!!

  35. I love your word for the year. I never did pick one but perseverance sounds like it would be a good one for me as well to overcome obstacles.

  36. Marking a goal for yourself is so important. I really like that you picked a word that can encompass everything that you want to achieve.

  37. I like the word perseverance but it makes me feel tired haha. I think my word for 2017 would be “acheive.” I have high hopes for this year!

  38. This is one of my favorite words and I’m so glad that you chose it. Deciding not to give up is actually a huge feat!

  39. This is the perfect word to let motivate you this year. It will help you get past anything that come your way and to do your best.

  40. This is the perfect word t start 2017 with! I may just have to incorporate this word into my everyday routine to keep me focused on my goals.

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  42. I love the idea of having a word of the year. What is yours for 2019?

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