The Word For My Year Is Intentional

Hey Cuties,

We’ve survived the first five days of the year and I’m sure you’ve done your reflection on the previous year. You’ve given thought to your hopes and dreams for the new year. You’ve put some goals in place, maybe even made a vision board.  If you are like me you have plans to work on the vision board, but don’t worry you have time.

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Although I hadn’t had a chance to sit down and map out all of my goals and subsequent actions I have given a lot of thought to my word for the year. Reflecting on last year was a heavy influence, I noticed some recurring themes and habits that I wasn’t pleased with. In addition to areas where I was lacking, towards the end of the year, I somehow lost focus and allowed doubt to creep in and keep me from doing things I wanted to do or going after other opportunities.

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My first picture of 2018

Initially thinking and reflecting took me to the word foundation and although it is fitting it didn’t feel like the one. It didn’t give me the feeling I wanted to feel about my word. In building and thinking about the word foundation I landed on the word intentional. After I decided on my word I realized it was a word I said a lot in 2017 but didn’t take to heart. This year I am taking it on wholeheartedly.

After all of these years of finding my purpose and knowing where I want to go and what I want to do it is time to be intentional with my clarity.  I will be more intentional in what I write, the type of events I cover, what I do with my time, with whom I spend my time with and my goals. Making these changes will get me to the next level. It feels like a real game changer for me. I’m doing it afraid, I’m going for it all. I don’t expect everyone to say yes but by doing nothing I’ve already got a no. Let me see if I can get a yes, or a maybe or a not right now. I can work that into a yes.

Time management was a real struggle for me and on Tuesday when I returned to work I tried time blocking. Again I was being intentional with my time, I can get a lot more things done with my time if I do it just right. And guess what, I DID. I banged out everything I needed and wanted to do and it felt good.

What are you planning, plotting and or looking forward to this year? Do you have a word for your year? Chat with me in the comments below or FBIG, and Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Intentional is a great word for they year. When we approach our lives with a spirit of being intentional, we can get so much more done.

  2. Crystal Nicole

    I love this! My word for the year is discipline. Doing the things I don’t necessarily want to do because they need to be done and will push me toward my goals.

  3. Tanay Michele

    Love this word! Being intentional with your time is so important. I feel like I always THINK I have time and then next thing you know… bedtime is rolling around. I definitely could benefit from that word this year.

  4. Carol Cassara

    I think it’s a brilliant choice for your word of the year! It’s really something that will motivate you to move and act on whatever it is that you intend to do.

  5. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    Now isn’t this an awesome word for the year! I think it’s really important that we motivate ourselves to do more and with this word, I think you’ll be more than willing to achieve things and to improve your life too!

  6. Marysa

    I love this! So true – it is important to really pick and choose what we do, and to realize the importance of it. I need to prioritize, and find better balance. More quality time with family, somehow do more time management when it comes to blogging so I’m not always on my laptop!

  7. Claudia Krusch

    I think intentional is a great word for 2018. I am going to make this year all about doing things I find joy in. I think I will have to make joy my word.

  8. kisha

    my word for the year is ELEVATE!!! EVERYTHING is getting stepped the phk up this year!!!

  9. Heather

    Great word for 2018! Have a purpose and a direction to lead your choices. I️ hadn’t really considered one for myself. Last year’s was hustle. I did, and now I need to maximize my efforts.

  10. monique

    That’s a good word. I’m still mulling over mine: I’m debating over a couple. Wishing you a happy, intentional 2018!

  11. Carissa

    This is a good word for the year! I thought I had my word all figured out but now I have a couple so I may use those! I am figuring it out! I think last year you did a great job on your blog last year, I read it daily…definitely one of my favs!!!

  12. Jaye

    Great word and it’s good that you are taking the time to set your intentions in a way that they really work for you.

    I chose my word, or rather it chose me and I am excited to let it guide me.

  13. Tiffany Haywood

    Such a great choice !! I have often let doubt slip in where success should be and for that reason my word for this year is execute. I am taking all the plans I have made in the past and putting them into action. No more second guessing this year I’m just gonna do it ALL!

  14. Joyce Brewer

    I love the idea of being Intentional. I’m also going to work on focusing on what works – easily. Not that I don’t want to stretch and grow – but because it’s great to shine!

  15. Natasha

    And I KNOW you will rock your word out this year! You always have such a inspiring year workwise to me, so I am excited to see what you’re up to this year!

  16. candy

    I never choose a word for the year, there are to many I use at different time to fit what is going on through out the year. Being intentional and having clarity is wonderful. I know who I am, I know where I am going and what I want to do.

  17. Alli Smith

    I love your word for 2018! Mine is Simplify – in all areas of my life including my blogging. I want to slow down and be more in the present instead of constantly being lost in my work.

  18. Tomi C

    Happy New Year Mimi. Love the word “Intentional”. My word for 2018 is “Opportunity”. I am focused on creating opportunities and seizing opportunities this year. I love the promise of a new year.

  19. Jeanette

    I love that idea of the word intentional. I think intentional in my vocabulary is something I need to keep close to me. I’m intentionally trying to eat better and there are days that I forget. This word is a great reminder to do that.

  20. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    I love that word! It’s a great word for the new year. It’s one that I can think about as I’m planning out my days.

  21. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I know a number of people that time blocking works for. I have spent the last year being intentional and I am tired.

  22. Amber Myers

    This is a fabulous word of the year! I am working on time management as well. My word of the year is gratitude.

  23. Tiffany H.

    This is a great word to have for the year! Last year my word was FAITH but my song of the year was Intentional by Travis Greene and it spoke to my heart on many occasions. Check it out if you haven’t heard it. Having deciding on word yet but will be doing a vision board soon.

    • MimiCuteLips

      OMG yes! I love Intentional by Travis Greene. I didn’t even think about the song though. That is the perfect reminder. I need to play it every day.

  24. Sarah Bailey

    Now I like your word for the year, it could be ready for so much to happen and so much to be done. I hope this year is full of intentional wonder.

  25. Lisa Favre

    Yes, yes, and yes for your word of the year! How truly inspiring … mine is “build” and there’s so much that could go on behind it!

  26. Kelly Reci

    I love how you defined it with that beautiful image… purpose. Everything done with purpose. I love how inspiring that is and it is so fitting for so many of us!

  27. Stacie

    Love you word choice. I’m still trying to figure out my word of the year is or if I will even pick one.

  28. rosemary palmer

    I have sometimes thought of a word but never really went with it. Kind of like a resolution that I don’t make anymore.

  29. Sandy N Vyjay

    We will take a cue from you and utilize the word intentional to start the year. We are facing issues of time management and hence we want to be intentional about prioritizing our work.

  30. Chubskulit Rose

    Great job on knocking everything that needs to be done. I will have to work on that part, I am so easily get side tracked that I end up wasting time.

  31. Kita Bryant

    I really like that word idea. Being decisive is a huge part of your intention, and I love the attitude.

  32. Lexi

    I also feel like I need to be more intentional this year. At the same time though I want a year filled with less plans. I want to be intentional in some areas of my life, like with my health and job, but want to go with the flow in terms of travel.

  33. My Teen Guide

    You chose a good word for the year. “Intentional” is reminding us of our purpose. I still have to work on coming up with mine. Hopefully I will get a quiet weekend so I can ponder and decide on the word I will work on this year.

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  35. Ramona

    Great word for the year! I chose the word “new” for my year. I want to go all in just as you suggested. Thanks for sharing. Happy 2018!

  36. Angie

    That is a REALLY good word to focus on. I think it’s important to do things with intent and live intentionally, if not, what are we really doing it all for?

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  38. Kim

    I think I should steal your word and focus on time management as well as being more organized. Right now, I have so much going on and I can’t get to completing everything.

  39. MimiCuteLips

    I still need to do my vision board.

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