Posted by: Judy | January 2, 2020

The Word for 2020

2013, the word was Create.

Wow. Did I ever create.

Update, I continue to create, though at a much slower pace.

2014, the word was Happy.

I want to say I’m happy. I don’t want to lie. I have had happy moments. I know happy is an inside job. I’m going to continue to endeavor to embrace happy. I think maybe I attempted a step out of order or attempted to skip a few steps.

Update: I am happy because I choose to be happy. I’m also sad, angry, hurt, silly, peaceful, intense, joyous, excited, and a myriad of other emotions.

2015, the word is Hope.

Candidkay shared her word: Radiant.

Great word. I struggled with what my word would be this year. I debated with Trust, Possible, Inspire, and Prayer, but none felt quite write… they didn’t feel particularly doable… They were’t like CreateHappy was a tough one. I am happier. Hope was another tough one. Not that I haven’t been hopeful, but I didn’t feel like it permeated the year like Create did.

I debated and considered and reconsidered. What do I really want to do better? Gradually, I thought about what I’ve been complaining about lately. I’m easily distracted. I’m behind on my writing, even as I know the stories are there, waiting.

2016, the word is Consistent.

My plan to be consistent didn’t turn out the way I intended. I only managed to write two Holiday, USA novellas. I need two more to complete the anthology. I did turn in “Knight in Disguise” on time, barely, but on time nonetheless. I didn’t consistently lose weight the way I’d hoped. However, I consider myself a success because I did consistently improve.

I read Melissa’s post over at Genesis 5020 and debated between two words: Grateful and Blessed.

I was reminded that sometimes we need to ask for what God is willing to give, not because He is stingy but because unless we are seeking we often miss what He freely gives and it falls to the wayside. Growing up in an abusive home, opening my hand was too often met with punishment or things I neither wanted or needed.

Update: I’m learning to be more consistent.

2017, the word is Blessed.

I gained a greater appreciation for how blessed I am. In many areas of my life, I haven’t always felt blessed. I always wanted to marry and have children, but God blessed me with neither, saving me from dumping some horrific baggage that would haunt me. As I think about moving, someday, I’m sorting through more books and clothes than I thought I had; I’m gathering what I don’t love to giveaway, so someone else’s life will be blessed with those things. I’m learning use food, exercise, and sleep in healthy ways so I’m blessed.

And so we come to 2018. I’ve mulled and debated. I didn’t expect what I chose, from Mark Divine’s book Unbeatable Mind. He talked about a lot of things I’m finding useful. He also talked about the power of smiling. He also doesn’t agree with fake-it-til-you-make-it. He referenced a study that showed a smile gives the same boost as a chocolate bar but without the calories. I’m going to test his theory. 🙂

2018, the word is Smile. I’m smiling a lot more and laughing.

Update: Glad I chose this one.

2019, the word is Courage.

I chose Courage in October. In November, Jean Fischer, over at Something to Write Home About, shared this post:

I felt like God was giving me a nod of approval.

I took the Dayspring quiz to find my Word of the Year, and yes, Courage. Scriptures: Psalm 56:3 and Deuteronomy 3:16. Prayer: Lord, in 2019, please help me to be Bold and Courageous.

Another breadcrumb. Courage it is.

2020 Beauty

I realized I still feel ugly. It’s a lie. This needs to change. I need to study what God defines as beautiful. I need a place to start. I found a book called Beauty Secrets of the Bible by Ginger Garrett and decided it was a good place to start.


  1. I love all the words you chose each year. And I love how you reflected on each to see what worked and what didn’t. I love what you said about “However, I consider myself a success because I did consistently improve.” Beautifully said. And I also loved “I was reminded that sometimes we need to ask for what God is willing to give, not because He is stingy but because unless we are seeking we often miss what He freely gives and it falls to the wayside” Brilliant. You have given me something to think about. Happy New Year and God Bless! Praying the word beauty is good to you in 2020 and beyond! ❣️

    • Thank you! I don’t remember who I learned about Word of the Year from, but it’s been an interesting adventure. 🙂 God bless. ❤

  2. What a wonderful word for 2020! I have been giving a lot of thought to what word I will choose for 2020.

    • 🙂

  3. Thank you for the shout-out! That was my word for 2015 and a good one, but this year it’s “this very moment” otherwise known as “Now” or “presence.” Not as pretty, but seems to fit this year . . .

    • You’re welcome. 🙂 Ooooo Good choice! It’s so important to live in this very moment; it’s really all we have.

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