My Word for 2017 – Self-Care

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“One word can change everything.” OneWord365.com

Every year since 2012, instead of making resolutions, I’ve chosen a word of the year. Unlike resolutions, I actually remember my word and I make progress because of it. So far, my words have been …

2012 – Incremental
2013 – Ponder
2014 – Content
2015 – Revise & Momentum
2016 – Love

I panic near the end of the year and try to force a word into Word of the Year if I haven’t yet figured out one or if one hasn’t “found” me, which is usually how it works. Sometimes a word shows up so many times, I can’t ignore it. Or I hear it in a song and it sounds like the only word being sung. Or it shows up in a meaningful quote or sermon or passage from a book.

By mid-December, I tried to coerce myself into choosing one of these words: laughter, reassurance, freedom. “Reassurance” almost made the cut, until the shower at my daughter’s house (I’d spent the night at her home after babysitting my grandkids) when “self-care” popped into my head. I do my best thinking on walks and in the shower. In November, I began a 10-session online course on the topic of self-care, so I’m guessing the word was lying in wait.

While dressing, I asked my daughter, who, by the way, knew nothing about the course, “If you picked any word for me in 2017, what would it be?”

“Self-care,” she said after she thought for about three seconds.

I squealed.

“That settles it. Self-care is my word,” I said.

Yep, that’s how it usually works for me.

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Last year, I started another practice based on Word of the Year – I put up cover photos on Facebook that only related to my word for 2016, which was love, so I posted lots of Love-ly hearts. I’ll do the same this year except the images will be about self-care. Today’s cover photo seemed a good way to start off 2017’s self-care. It’s a poster of a bathtub with the saying, “Happiness is a long hot bubble bath. Relax. Recharge. Renew.”

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Since Word of the Year is turning into quite the project for me, I’m adding a hashtag for 2017 in addition to the two I already regularly use, #GettingYourOwnLife #WhileLovingthePeopleInIt. This year’s highlight is #selfcaringin2017 because women need all the help and hashtags we can get when it comes to living our lives and taking care of ourselves.

Have you chosen a word for 2017? If so, let us know what it is. I’ll be happy to share “self-care” with anyone who wants to join me for a whole year of taking care of us. I plan to blog about it often.

In This Together,
Kim

Thanks for the pix, Pixabay.com

Thanks for the suggestion about a hashtag in 2017, Jenine.

Thanks for the course, Lucille.

 

Click the link if you’re interested in signing up for the 10-session work-at-your-own-pace course I mentioned above for only $59, Renaissance U: Lessons on Selfcare taught by a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Friend Lucille Zimmerman, instructor of the course, covers self-care topics including The Fine Art of Solitude, The Fine Art of Boundaries, and The Fine Art of Play. Lucille is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, Colorado. She’s an affiliate faculty professor at Colorado Christian University. She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World.

 

 

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10 responses »

    • Andrew, I love how I go it too. It will be easier to stick with self-care after getting confirmation.

      I remember SnOoPyDaNcE being your word for 2016, and you even wrote it that way last January when you shared it. So, not much Snoopy dancing going on? It reminds me of when I was convinced 2013 was going to be my best year ever because 13 is my lucky number. Wow, wow, wow … not sure what I’d call that year, but it didn’t earn “best year ever.” 🙂 Funny now, not then.

      I absolutely love your sentence. ❤ Good luck, and more importantly, lots of prayers that you make it happen throughout 2017. I always appreciate your comments and your stamina to do just that, show up.

  1. From Facebook on January 1 and 2, Word of the Year for 2017 (Kim Henson, just a sampling of comments about #selfcare2017)

    Kim Henson
    January 1 at 9:48pm ·

    #selfcaringin2017

    Self-care is my word for 2017. My only resolution is to do one self-caring thing every single day for the next 365 and share at least some of them on FB. Here goes my first day …

    I treated myself (and John) to a traditional New Year’s dinner out even though we ate a big lunch. I also agreed to a rental car for the week, instead of trying to get by without it, so we can take care of repairs on both our car and truck. (y)

    Debbie Stairs, Joan Pisani and 85 others

    Beth Stallings Odom You go girl !
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 9:50pm

    Kim Henson Thanks so much, Beth Stallings Odom. 😀
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:12pm

    Joel Carter Think about my word for the year
    So many to choose from.
    Decision, that will be it. First decision recorded. I’ve heard a quote about the importance of our decisions something along the idea that ” Our decisions determine our future, our life, more than anything
    Unlike · Reply · 3 · January 1 at 10:00pm

    Kim Henson Ooooh, Joel Carter … that’s a good one. I like that deciding on your word was your first monumental “decision” for 2017. Good for you!
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:13pm

    Joel Carter Simplicity of it, yet the gravity of it too… “Inch by inch, Step by step, slowly we turn….Niagara Falls!!: a classic quote repeated in a Three Stooges episode 🙂
    Unlike · Reply · 2 · January 1 at 10:22pm · Edited

    Kim Henson Joel Carter, I really do love it. It fits with my word because I have to make a decision daily to do self-care. It’s not a natural thing for me. I have to be intentional, which is a another good word. I may have a collection of words this year. Lol.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:32pm

    Jan Verhoeff Highly recommend this book: Renewed. Absolutely life changing.

    ://www.amazon.com/Renewed-Finding-Inner…/dp/B00BI21Y5E
    Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World
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    Kim Henson Thanks so much for the link, Jan Verhoeff. I’m taking Lucille’s 10-week online self-care course right now, which is part of the reason this is my word for 2017. I have her book on my list of things to order.
    Like · Reply · January 1 at 10:12pm

    Peggy Harley Eaddy Self-care. I didn’t have the word, but I did promise myself that I would take care of myself as I fight my diagnosis. Thank you for giving me a word to use as my mantra. Love you, and Happy New Year.
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:04pm

    Kim Henson Peggy Harley Eaddy, I love knowing we’re sharing a word for 2017. We can hold each other accountable for being good to ourselves and taking good care during each day. I’m praying for you every day! ❤ Love you. Happy New Year and lunch soon.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:15pm

    Tammy James Quinn My new year will consist of just do it yourself instead of getting upset because he didn't think of it.
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:14pm

    Kim Henson Tammy James Quinn, YES. ❤
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:23pm

    Tammy James Quinn Kim, he's NOT going to think of it. I'm the planner. I torture myself thinking he is going to be like me. He's not going to take care of it. I am.
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:27pm

    Kim Henson Tammy James Quinn, that's it. It's not that they don't care. They're just different, so waiting to be taken care of in the way I would do it is, like you said, torture. A much better way to do 2017 is to take care of myself and appreciate the ways he d…See More
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:31pm

    Tammy James Quinn Yes yes yes. I strive to reward his good works! We are different. My father put my mother on a pedestal, don't get me wrong, she is the strongest lady I know, but I didn't marry my dad. We ALL have our gifts. Love you Kim, love your posts!
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:35pm

    Kim Henson Tammy James Quinn, I love you too! So happy we got to be friends in 2016. One of the highlights of my year. ❤ I love friends I can relate to. Offers help and hope.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:43pm

    Megan Hunt Dell Can I recommend a book to the older marrieds? 😉 If you haven't read it, The Five Love Languages gave Ryan and me so much perspective on how the other shows care.
    Unlike · Reply · 2 · January 1 at 11:10pm

    Kim Henson Megan Hunt Dell, thanks for the reminder. It is a wonderful book and a helpful perspective. ❤
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 1:09pm

    Agnes Roberts Spurlock big New Year hugs to you.
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:19pm

    Kim Henson And to you, Agnes Roberts Spurlock. I love that we met on here and stay in touch. ❤
    Like · Reply · January 1 at 10:24pm

    Laura Heldreth Sawyer We need to catch up at lunch one day!!
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 10:22pm

    Kim Henson I'd love that, Laura Heldreth Sawyer. ❤
    Like · Reply · January 1 at 10:24pm

    Mary McKerihan Wilson I think that's the perfect word for you. I sort of laughed last year when FB chose the word truth for me, but it turned out to be so appropriate. I let FB choose again and it came up with tough for 2017. Perfect. By the way, I started reading Love Warrior. Wow.
    Unlike · Reply · 3 · January 1 at 11:00pm

    Kim Henson I love that word (tough) for you, Mary McKerihan Wilson. I hope you don't need it as often as you may think, but it's a great one to practice. I'm so happy we choose words. It feels refreshing to start with a new one. Love was perfect for last year. <3…See More
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 1 at 11:08pm

    Revonne Carter Happy New Year Kim! Thanks for the inspiration. I think I may choose "Reimagine" – to imagine again or anew; especially : to form a new conception of : re-create 🙂
    Unlike · Reply · 3 · January 1 at 11:25pm

    Kim Henson I really like it, Revonne Carter. With that work, it sounds like a very creative 2017 is ahead. ❤
    Like · Reply · January 2 at 1:23am

    Mary Ann Zumpfe Sounds like massage to me. ….just sayin. Lol
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 8:24am

    Kim Henson It sure does, Mary Ann Zumpfe. 😀
    Like · Reply · January 2 at 10:38am

    Rhonda Gore Etherden I may have to borrow this one for myself. I think women somehow are brainwashed into seeing what is mainly self-preservation as selfishness. I got a little taste of this during the holidays, and I liked it!
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 8:32am

    Kim Henson Borrow away, Rhonda Gore Etherden. 🙂 And so true. I thought about that when I chose the word … is this too selfish? Goodness, we drive ourselves a little crazy with something men tend to do naturally.
    Like · Reply · January 2 at 10:40am

    Christy Young Looking forward to seeing what 2017 brings for you Kim. When your mind and actions meet it can lead to beautiful things. Adding the action is taking the "narrow and hard path" of life. But, we both know where that path leads. ❤
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 8:41am

    Kim Henson You're right, Christy Young. Talking about self-care and practicing self-care have two very different results. Going for it this year. I look forward to what 2017 brings for all of us Salad (aka Sugar) Girls. Lol. Love you. ❤
    Like · Reply · January 2 at 10:42am

    Cynthia Swanson Wow! Go, Kim!
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 10:47am

    Kim Henson Thanks, Cynthia Swanson. ❤
    Like · Reply · January 2 at 12:55pm

    Lesia Hughes I love this! I'm in the middle of self care and finding sometimes you just get stopped (forced), which is giving me time to reflect on how much better off I would have been had I put me near the top instead of last, in the past. I've always been a pe…See More
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 11:03am

    Kim Henson Lesia Hughes, I've found out the same thing over the past few years. When I started blogging this year about "getting your own like while loving the people in it," a whole bunch of awareness and emotions surfaced. I realized how much I need a life, as well as self-care. I'm so happy you and I are finally on our lists! Thanks for your comment. Here's to us having an awesome day, month, and year. ❤
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 1:02pm

    Kim Henson
    January 2 at 1:36pm ·

    #selfcare2017
    Went to the gym and walked around the neighborhood afterwards, so I reached my 10,000 steps by lunchtime. Called DeFalco's Towing (thanks to them and AAA) to take my car to Conway for repairs instead of trailering it over. Big saver of time and stress. (y)

    Maria Franken, Jo Rae Johnson Jetton and 30 others

    Kim Henson Thanks for the idea about a hashtag, Jenine Marie Howry. I have #GettingYourOwnLife #WhileLovingthePeopleInIt for my blog, and it's nice to have a separate one for my word for 2017.
    Like · Reply · 2 · January 2 at 1:40pm

    China Facchini #Massage is good #SelfCare2017 also 😉
    Unlike · Reply · 3 · January 2 at 1:44pm

    Kim Henson It is, China Facchini. 🙂 Are you back in business?
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 1:55pm

    China Facchini Yes I am!!!! I didn't realize you didn't know 🙂
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 1:57pm

    Kim Henson China Facchini, I don't think I knew. 😀 Or maybe I did and I forgot. 😀 Same place?
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 2:13pm

    China Facchini Kim Henson yes!!!!
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 2:56pm

    Kim Henson China Facchini, good to know. Thanks.
    Like · Reply · Just now

    Ruby Sessions Hart I thought you had to be towed. Walking. LOL
    Unlike · Reply · 2 · January 2 at 1:53pm

    Kim Henson Hahaha, Ruby Sessions Hart … you know I stay confused. 😉
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 1:55pm

    Patsy Lewis Carroll I went to the bathroom without passing out. Does that count?
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 2:50pm

    Kim Henson It sure does, Patsy Lewis Carroll! ❤ Every small step counts BIG. Are you feeling any better?
    Like · Reply · January 2 at 2:55pm

    Patsy Lewis Carroll Kim Henson still have sore throat, no voice, and feel like I am going to pass out when I stand up.
    Like · Reply · January 2 at 11:36pm

    Kim Henson Patsy Lewis Carroll, oh, no. I just saw this. I hope you're better by now. Thinking about you!
    Like · Reply · Just now

    Ruby Sessions Hart I rode my bike around the neighborhood. First time since I hurt my foot. I'm out of shape. It was a reality check. Ugh.
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 3:24pm

    Kim Henson Ruby Sessions Hart, you can share my word and we can both get back in shape. Just an thought. I think we're getting bikes this year when we buy a garage and a house to go with it. 😀
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 3:44pm

    Ruby Sessions Hart Great! I love my bike, but I think water aerobics is the safest way for me to begin. I'm getting ready to begin a 10 day Shred. Something new for me. I hope it helps. I'll share my progress and recipes.
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 3:47pm

    Kim Henson Ruby Sessions Hart, great. I'll try to remember to stop by and see what's happening over the next week or so.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 2 at 3:55pm

  2. From Facebook (Kim Henson) ~

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    Louise Dash Allison As you know….count me in on ‘self-care’
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 12:09am

    Kim Henson I’m excited you chose it, Louise Dash Allison. I know we’ll help each other.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 12:10am

    Summer Turner Great images! I usually have 3 words.
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 12:30am

    Kim Henson What are they, Summer Turner? I had two in 2015 and thought about an extra one this year, but I have my hands full with self-care. lol
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 12:38am

    Summer Turner They came to me spontaneously and are related within my spirit. Relaxed, trusting, enthusiastic.
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    Kim Henson Summer Turner, I love all three. ❤ What a wonderful 2017 you're going to have. And I hope you keep commenting here because it keeps reminding me to do your mini-course. Goodness, I've been sitting her for 5 minutes and thinking, "What was I going to do?" Going to do that now if I can remember for a click or two. 😉
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 12:53am

    Summer Turner Let us know whatyou get from it.
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    Kim Henson Summer Turner, if I've done the "change your story" worksheet, I don't remember it. Or either I need to change my story again. I just printed it and plan to fill it out tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for offering good stuff.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 1:30am

    Summer Turner It's a new worksheet, Kim.
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    Kim Henson Summer Turner, ahhh, that's why. I look forward to doing it. I also appreciate the reminder that I can access creativity without waiting for inspiration.
    Like · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 2:07am

    Natalie Rakoci Just one word?! Love the blog, love the concept. Have about ten words. Can I have ten ? 🙂
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 12:33am

    Kim Henson The more, the merrier, Natalie Rakoci! 😉 I can't wait to hear them. The only problem is, I have word envy and I'll end up wanting one or two of them.
    Like · Reply · 3 · January 8 at 12:40am

    Natalie Rakoci #sharing You can have as many as you'd like!
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 1:07am

    Kim Henson Natalie Rakoci ❤
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    Tammy Tucker Combs FREEDOM in all areas of my life
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    Kim Henson One of my favorite words, if not my very favorite word in the world, Tammy Tucker Combs. I can't believe it's never been my word of the year, but some other word always nudges it out. I hope it's a wonderful one for you! ❤ Thanks for sharing.
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    Tammy Tucker Combs Thank you so much!! It will be!
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    Patricia Susie Haselden self-worth
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    Kim Henson I can't take everyone else's words, Patricia Susie Haselden, but I kind of want to. 🙂 I like this one too.
    Like · Reply · January 8 at 11:56pm

    Sara Wise CONTENTMENT and DECISION. Living on an itty bitty budget for the foreseeable future as a new SAHM means reduced money for extras, so I am focusing on being content with what I have and being selective with how I spend my budget.

    Also I am terrible at decision making. Piles of paperwork or items around the house are the result of deferred decisions because I don’t feel like making a commitment right then– give it a home: file, shred, trash, donate. When shopping, if I can’t decide between two items, I often get both because the exercise of deciding is not easy for me. (The new budget should help with that) I’d like to get more confident in trusting my instincts and arriving at a conclusion more quickly rather than procrastinating due to indecision.
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 5:16am · Edited

    Kim Henson Wait a minute, Sara Wise … when did you become a stay-at-home mom? I missed that announcement. I’m so happy for you. Best job ever! 😉 I don’t have many regrets, but one is not figuring out how to stay home with our kids. I did at least start teaching when they were in kindergarten and first grade, so I had summer’s off with them. Loved our time together! ❤

    I can't wait to hear your progress throughout the year with both of your words. ❤ I chose contentment one year until a friend pointed out that if I shortened it to "content," it had a double meaning – more peaceful, as well as writing more content. I loved it! And why didn't I think of that? Good luck, especially with decision making. We torture ourselves sometimes with that sort of thing, so I hope this year is life-changing as far as making decisions more easily.
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    JoJo Tabares I have three. They are prayers for the year: strength, peace, and clear direction.
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 6:35am

    Kim Henson Those are all three powerful words, JoJo Tabares. I hope you'll let us know how it's going.
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 12:06am

    JoJo Tabares I'll be continuing to share my journey on my blog. http://www.JoJoisms.com

    JoJoisms –
    Welcome to 2017! I declare this year to be a new beginning and I’m looking forward to good news,…
    JOJOISMS.COM
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    Kim Henson JoJo Tabares, thanks for sharing.
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    Connie Rogers Peace, Respect, freedom, choices
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 6:38am

    Kim Henson Really good ones, Connie Rogers. Freedom has always been one of my favorite words. ❤ I can't believe it's never been one of my words of the year. Good luck with them!
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    JoJo Silver Hippie I think my word for this year has to be "Focus"!
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 6:56am

    Kim Henson Wow, JoJo Silver Hippie … I don't know anyone more focused and who stays on track as far as their creativity and life as you. Maybe this is why. (y)
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:09am

    Vicki Thompson Smith Kim, l try to focus on the words in the Fruit of the Spirit. Love is always my favorite, however, I am choosing Joy for myself in the New Year.
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    Kim Henson I really love your idea, Vicki Thompson Smith. I could cycle through those words over and over and ALWAYS learn and grow from them. Love was my word last year and it was life-changing. JOY sounds wonderful for you! I hope your year is filled with it. ❤
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 12:11am

    Shelly Brown Intimacy. ❤
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    Lucille Zimmerman Shelly intimacy has been a theme/quest for me for 12 or 13 years.
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    Shelly Brown Sweet!!! It's taken the last 8 years of my life for God to unveil what genuine intimacy with Him looks like and He's no where near done! 😊 He continues to take me deeper and deeper. #worththepain
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    Kim Henson Shelly Brown, you and Lucille Zimmerman are brave to take on that word. 😉 It scares me even as I inch in that direction, so I hope y'all will share with us. I'm a dedicated follower when I have loving (and intimate) examples. >>
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    Shelly Farrington Strength
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    Kim Henson Love it, Shelly Farrington. ❤
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    Lucille Zimmerman Kim thank you so much for mentioning my course. I'm happy that you made self-care a part of life. I'm going to share this on my Facebook author page.
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    Kim Henson Thank YOU, Lucille Zimmerman. I may not have headed in this direction without your guidance. I'm very grateful. ❤ Also, thanks for sharing it on you page.
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:19am

    Lucille Zimmerman My word is marvel
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    Kim Henson Lucille Zimmerman, this is perfect for you! I can imagine you marveling at life. I really can. Never heard anyone else choose this word, and never has it crossed my mind. I like the originality of it.
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 12:21am

    Lucille Zimmerman Kim i've never chosen a word and I've never wanted to choose a word but this one's just sticking with me. I have used it in a sentence every day.
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    Kim Henson Lucille Zimmerman, I like the idea of using it in a sentence daily. Another practice I could add to my Word of the Year project.
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    Delilah Lewis Strength and spiritual needs. Kim Henson
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 9:42am

    Kim Henson Oooh, I especially like "spiritual needs," Delilah Lewis. ❤
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:25am

    Delilah Lewis So do i
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    Donna Feddick Fagerstrom Every time I see someone pose this question I say "what is my word?" The word He continues to whisper is REST. For those who know me you know I have never learned this art of rest. I have to sorta laugh and say really Lord of all years "REST." Pray!😀
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    Christine Frenzel · Friends with Donna Feddick Fagerstrom
    He will put you in a place of rest & looking up should you not heed his whisperings.
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    Kim Henson Oh, goodness, Donna Feddick Fagerstrom … it's like the year he whispered "ponder." I thought, "You can't be serious? I've got things to do." lol. So I get it!
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 12:28am

    Kim Henson Christine Frenzel, I've learned from experience that when we ignore His whispers, He has a megaphone. lol. When I wouldn't let go of my family and get out of their way and out of God's way, I became so depressed I could hardly get up. I figured out then that I can listen and go about this life the easy way or I can do it the hard way. Don't ask me which one I usually choose. 😉
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:31am

    Christine Frenzel · Friends with Donna Feddick Fagerstrom
    Most of us learn our lessons the "hard" way. I know I have.
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    Kim Henson Christine Frenzel, I figured I wasn't alone.
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    Elizabeth Haas Morris I decide on a theme for my year. This year I am living intentionally.
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    Kim Henson Elizabeth Haas Morris, John chose "intentional" one year and I rode on his coattails, along with having my own word. It's a really good one! ❤ I realized last night that you're not in my newsfeed lately and I was off FB a lot around the holidays, so I've missed you! Happy you showed up here or I was headed to your page to stalk. 😉
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    Kathryn Bowers Rothenberg Kahn My word is perserverance.
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    Kim Henson Kathryn Bowers Rothenberg Kahn, is there anyone who couldn't use that word? Almost makes me want to change. 😉 I love it! ❤
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:36am

    Zelda Hearl Flores FROG….Fully Rely On God
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    Kim Henson Oh my gosh, Zelda Hearl Flores … I never thought to choose this as my word. Good one! ❤ I love FROGS because of this acronym. Son and daughter-in-law bought me FROG jewelry for Christmas.
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:39am

    Ginny Whipple Road Trip Adventure….One phrase….instead of one word
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 10:44am

    Kim Henson Ooooh, good one, Ginny Whipple. Did you see the link I posted to road trips in SC? There's a list to get you started. 😀
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:39am

    Ginny Whipple Thx!
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    Megan Hunt Dell I think I'm going with INTENTIONAL.

    The last 18 months has had me all over the place, and I'm trying to step back and only do the things I make an intentional decision to do.
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    Megan Hunt Dell new phone wallpaper as a reminder!
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    Donna Feddick Fagerstrom Megan Hunt Dell …how did you do that? Is it a special app?
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 3:22pm

    Megan Hunt Dell Donna Feddick Fagerstrom this app is Hypstr, which allowed me to make my own wallpaper
    Unlike · Reply · 2 · January 8 at 4:10pm

    Kim Henson Megan Hunt Dell, John chose "intentional" one year. I liked it so much, I piggybacked on his word even though I had my own. It's a good one.
    Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 12:42am

    Kim Henson I like that too, Megan Hunt Dell. Thanks for asking how, Donna Feddick Fagerstrom.
    Like · Reply · Yesterday at 12:42am

    Megan Hunt Dell Kim Henson – when I got my new phone last summer, I changed my wallpaper to one that said "stay positive." It was a good simple multiple times per day reminder so I thought it could work for this too 🙂
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    Kim Henson Megan Hunt Dell, I really like it.
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    Barbara Barksdale Let-Go
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 2:31pm

    Kim Henson I always need this one, Barbara Barksdale. 😉 Have you watched the movie Frozen? I sang "Let It Go" for weeks. lol.
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    Melissa Roden Cox BRAVE ❤
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    Kim Henson Melissa Roden Cox, this is so good, but I already see you as being brave. ❤ I hope you'll share what you learn from it. I sure miss seeing you!
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    Barbara Barksdale I rethought my word and I want to change mine to: GUTS
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 7:15pm

    Kim Henson Barbara Barksdale, still watch Frozen if you haven't. It's good and she's gutsy. (y)
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    Donna Horton Believe!
    Unlike · Reply · 1 · January 8 at 10:01pm

    Kim Henson Donna Horton, "believe" reminds me of Christmas and sounds so magical. ❤ Even though I think there's magic about it, it's also a wonderful word to practice and be practical about.
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    Becky Reynolds · Friends with Donna Feddick Fagerstrom
    HOPE
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    Kim Henson Great word, Becky. We all need Hope. ❤
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    Tammie Fickas Relationship
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    Kim Henson Good one, Tammie Fickas. I'd like to hear how your word unfolds.
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    Tammie Fickas Kim, the introvert in me is a little scared 🙂
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    Kim Henson Tammie Fickas, oh, wow … you're an introvert. Yeah, that's a brave word, then. Me too and I'm not sure I'd choose it. Another friend picked intimacy and I felt the same way … like I'd run from it. But I know it's good for us to get a little uncomfortable and grow. Good luck!
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    Tammie Fickas I didn't really choose it…I believe God chose it for me.
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    Kim Henson Tammie Fickas, that happens to me almost every year. Can't turn down a God word.
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    Tammie Fickas Nope. That's true.
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    Ruby Sessions Hart Love the green toe nails! I'm right on track with self-care, except for the toes!!!
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    Kim Henson Good for you, Ruby Sessions Hart. Do you have more energy with Juice Plus? Can you tell a difference? I love the green toe nails too. One of my #selfcare2017 needs to be a pedicure and soon.
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    Ruby Sessions Hart I do have more energy and I've lost that belly bloat and I'm much more comfortable. I've lost weight too, but I won't post how much until the 10th day.
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    Kim Henson Ruby Sessions Hart, good to hear. I'm following your progress.
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    Mary McKerihan Wilson You already know my word–Tough. That word has certainly been in the forefront for the first week of January. I don't think it will change in the near future.
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    Kim Henson Mary McKerihan Wilson, I don't whether to like your comment or not. So, it's been a tough week? Which means lots of lessons about being tough? I wish the outlook for 2017 was easier. I know from experience during times like you're facing how hard it is to share and how easy it is to isolate, so I hope you'll keep sharing. That way, at least you'll have some online support. ❤ Thinking about you. xoxox
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    Marie A Young Organized.
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    Kim Henson That's a good one especially since you're running a business, Marie A Young. Of course, it's good to be organized everywhere. I'd love to hear your progress.
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    Gay Reece Todd Intention is mine…. I am such a person of purpose …. God let me know it's not just about purpose, it's about WHY you "do?"
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    Kim Henson I love this, Gay Reece Todd. So true. ❤ Please thank Junior for me. He's been so helpful with our car shopping. We text and he says "no." lol.
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  3. From Facebook (S. Kim Henson) ~

    Natalie Rakoci and Karen Dishman Jantzi

    Elizabeth Haas Morris Living intentionally 🙂
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    S. Kim Henson Elizabeth Haas Morris, John chose this one last year, I think. I piggybacked on it and enjoyed the ride even though I also had my own word. 🙂 xoxoxo
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    Nicole Nelson Hendricks (smile emoji)
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    Nicole Nelson Hendricks I decided to change my word this year. I had originally thought “grow” was it, but now I think “embrace” is better as it speaks to all facets of my life and goals for 2017. Embrace my own newly discovered identity, embrace the changing business landscape of my industry and embrace a fearless art.
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    S. Kim Henson Nicole Nelson Hendricks, I can see “embrace” working better for you in all three areas. I can’t wait to see how your word for 2017 transforms your artwork. ❤ I hope your year is wonderful!
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  4. From Facebook (Kim Henson) ~

    Susan Dollyhigh

    Susan Dollyhigh Strength
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    Kim Henson Susan Dollyhigh, I hope through practicing self-care, I’ll get stronger. Good word! Good luck with it in 2017. ❤
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    Susan Dollyhigh Kim Henson, thank you!
    Good luck with self-care!
    I have to work on that one myself. I take good care of everyone else, but not always me!
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    Kim Henson Susan Dollyhigh, I think a lot of us are like that. It comes natural to take care of others, but I have to be intentional when it comes to me. Good luck with your word too. May this be our best year ever! ❤
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    Susan Dollyhigh ❤
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    Jenine Marie Howry #Victory
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    Kim Henson Love your hashtag, Jenine Marie Howry. ❤
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  5. I think your themed FB covers are a fabulous idea (and I was not at all influenced by being on one of them! 🙂 ) Last year I tried the word thing and I had great words, but I didn’t really incorporate them into my life rhythms. Maybe in part because stuff came up that wasn’t on my planned path. I still like the idea. Just have not “heard” the word that speaks to me. Hmmm… maybe my word is silence? Naaaaahhhh…

    • Hahahaha, Natine … silence will never be THE word for any of the three of us. No way! We’ll boycott it LOUDLY.

      And I knew the moment I started reading your comment that you and what you wrote were not influenced by stardom. 😉

      I’ve loved the idea of Word of the Year all along, although, I’ll admit, it works better some years than others. Last year’s “love” was a really good one and so was my first year at this when I was chosen by “incremental.” Good luck having a word show up if you want one! Thank you for showing up here. ❤

      • I thought about maybe blending words to make up my own, so I came up with creative and productive and when blended they end up being “creatuctive” (sounds creepy) or “procreative” — definitely not where I’m headed. Back to the drawing board. BTW, I’m fasting FB but my messenger app is still active (because some of my groups communicate through it) just in case you have the need 😉

      • Bahahaha, no, do not choose procreative! It’s a LOT scarier than creatuctive. If this keeps up, you may want to seek word counseling. 😉 lol

        And you know what I have a need for? To fast FB too (I love how that sounds … “fast FB”), but I think I’m addicted. Sort of kidding, and sort of not. I probably should stay away for a week or two just to get a fresh perspective. I think I’m bogged down, which is where my frustration post sprung from. Thanks for the heads up about messenger. I may need to holler. I’ll be nice about it, though. ❤

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