2017 Word Of The Year

I announced my word of the year on the Enchanting Events instagram, but then realized I have yet to talk about it here, so today that is what I am going to do. I really love the concept behind a word of the year. One word that has a little extra meaning for 365 days in order to help you strive towards a goal.

Last year my word was intentional, and I will be honest, I failed. Being intentional in everything is difficult. I let myself get sucked into way too much and attempted to take part in too much. Which obviously is not very intentional. Saying “no” is hard for me- I always want to DO everything. The glory in the busy is something that speaks to my heart when I have an open month/week/day…until it gets to that time and I am exhausted.

Because intention is still very difficult for me, and hard to grasp in such a large sense, I decided to go with a more refined word for 2017. This year I want to focus on doing things that evoke a fun spirit. Not only those that make me happy, but those that lower stress when the times comes. Things that will spark love in my marriage, business, and relationships. I want to pursue opportunities that will be a benefit but also enjoyable.


This brings me to a perfect word to describe the feeling I am longing for…JOY! I was between two words for this year, celebration and joy, so it was very ironic to see that Annie’s word for 2017 is celebrate. She put it perfectly in her post about her word “Celebration means JOY. JOY means there is no room for complaining or selfishness or anxiety”

I am already focused on using this word throughout daily life- does eating this meal bring me joy? Is it joy for right now, or joy for always? Is filling another weekend on the calendar going to provide joy for Dave as well? One example of this way of introducing joy into my thinking is while we were on our cruise. We talked about taking an excursion- simply because there wasn’t much to do in one of our ports; however, the cheapest excursion was $120 each. While we were on vacation, and typically the thinking would be something like “you are on vacation, spend like you are on v a c a t i o n” I talked with Dave and said, yes this sounds like fun, but will it be worth it to carry this vacation debt home with us? The answer was no. We would have temporary joy while on the excursion, and then drain ourselves and possibly resent the excursion once we got home.

So as we move forward through 2017, we want to participate in things that will cause long-lasting, and permeant joy. These are things like enjoying quieter and less busy time together, spending quality time with our friends and family, saving for big trips rather than taking a dozen small ones (which will help us to be less busy as well). I am very excited to bring this word justice throughout 2017.

Do you have a word of the year?

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Joy is a fantastic word of the year! I hope that 2017 brings you nothing but joy!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!!! <3 I thought it was a pretty fun one!

  • http://www.apaperarrow.com Kayla Whitter

    I think joy is a wonderful word. Sometimes it’s hard to find joy in things, but I definitely think it’s do-able and I wish you all the luck!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! Joy can really come to life in so many ways. I love being able to look at different aspects of our lives and seek joy in each of them.

  • http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com/ Chelsea Jacobs

    A perfect word for the year!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!!

  • Bailey

    Joy is a great word of the year! I didn’t pick a word this year, but if I had, I think I would have picked something similar!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! It’s so easy to forget resolutions and things like that so I am really trying to stick with and seek joy a lot this year.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I love that you chose Joy for this year! It really is amazing how we will sometimes do things that don’t bring us any sort of joy in our life, and we can all try to focus on it and it’ll make us just happier in general.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you! I wanted a word that I could use in every aspect of life, so I figured joy was a great one!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    LOVE THIS, GIRL. I love how similar our words are, and I love how I feel like God is taking us on a similar life journey right now with trying to simplify and cut back and find the balance of life. I am so excited to see how JOY plays out in your life this year!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! ME TOO!! I really think God put us in each others lives at the PERFECT time. We can do this together and help each other so much.

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    What a great word and something you can reflect on every day. Temporary joy is real but so good for you to examine if it’s really worth it. Here’s to a great year filled with lots of JOY! :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I really am hoping to find those things that bring real, lasting joy into my life and those around me. Thank you for always supporting me <3

  • Megan

    I LOVE this word for you. There is nothing wrong with living in the moment and doing something that makes you happy in that moment, but there’s also something to be said for going through that time in your life and recognizing that it’s over. That you can fill your days and weekends if you choose to later in the year, but knowing when to slow down and have more meaningful trips and time together is really special. Can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you and Dave!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! You really made so many great points and that is exactly what I am striving for! We don’t need to be away all of the time to be happy and content, there are plenty of things for us right in Baltimore. Working on relationships, building our love for this area and improving our health can all be done right here. Love you!! xoxo

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