My 2018 word of the year

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this trend before or not, but “My One Word” is a book written by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen detailing the idea that you choose one specific word to focus on throughout the entire calendar year in order to make positive changes in your life. It’s like a resolution of sorts, except the idea is that it is much simpler.

In years past I have always intended on having a word but either never got around to choosing one in time or never fully committed to pursuing it. But this time around I’ve thought long and hard about what I want my “one word” to be for this upcoming year.

Debating what word I wanted to focus on forced me to look deep inside myself and face who I am currently and reflect not only on past experiences from 2017 but who I hope to be by December 2018.

Immediately, the first idea that came to my mind when I asked myself, “who do I want to be in 12 months?” was “confident.”

Now, I’ve always deemed myself a confident person, but as I look back on my life I notice a decline in that confidence level.

Growing up I had tons of it. I didn’t care who was watching or what anyone thought, I was going to do what I wanted when I wanted and that was that.

As I’ve grown, and gone through the ups and downs of life, I’ve noticed how less and less that attitude has remained present — and I’m not a fan of that.

By December 2018 I want to be a woman who is 100% confident in the choices she makes, the things she believes, and the person she sees in the mirror.

The second thing that came to mind was “selfless.”

I’ve been so lucky to have been raised by the most selfless mother on this planet. Every day she shows me what, exactly, being selfless means. I have always admired this quality about my mom most of all, and at times have asked myself how she is able to so effortlessly put others before herself.

Because I have had such a great role model and I have actively witnessed how being so selfless has touched her life, I know this is a trait I am striving for with my whole heart.

The last thing to pop into my head was “driven.”

I’m at a point in my life where I have the entire world at my finger tips. I am in the middle of my college years; I know the field I want to be in and I have a good idea of where I’d like to go, but I still have time to explore my options and find the best fit for me.

I have so many dreams I want to accomplish and so many passions I want to pursue, and in the past the only thing that has been holding me back are the excuses I tell myself:

“You have time, you don’t have to do it now” // “You won’t succeed” // “People will think you’re crazy”

— But none of these are even remotely true. Gone are the days of excuses and gone are the days of “I can’t”‘s and gone are the days of pure laziness


So, this leads me to my “one word” that I will be focusing on in order to achieve those traits.


This is a year of discovery.

Dicovering who I am and who I want to be and what I personally believe in in order to be an unapologetically confident person.

Discovering how it is I can best help others. Figuring out how those around me best recieve love and how I can be more of service to them.

And discovering the steps I need to take – or the chances I need to make – in order to reach my dreams and obtain my goals.

So, there you have it. My word for 2018.

If you’re not a big resolution person, or maybe you just want to try something new, consider reflecting on this past year and choosing one word that will drive your 2018. Write out all that you hope to be and tuck it away in a safe place for you to read when the time comes the following year so you can see if you accomplished those goals.

I’m so incredibly excited for 2018, it’s going to be a year for the books — I can feel it in my bones!

Happy New Year!!

©2020 by Mallorie McBride