One Word 365: 2017 Edition


Yesterday I shared about some of my 2016 experiences of being more #bold! Today I am sharing my #oneword365 for 2017!

While home visiting with my family for the holidays, I talked with a friend about our one words and how we chose them. At the time, I hadn’t settled on a word but several come to mind that I liked in my own eyes. After a year of strength building and overcoming, I thought FUN. Yes FUN would be a great word, Jesus, so let’s do that! While I do believe that God wants me to have some fun experiences this year where I enjoy life and His creation, FUN wasn’t to be my main word for the year.

In the same conversation I shared a word that I thought was probably it. After that chat I saw three different messages that all talked about that same one word. I love how Jesus will confirm things so quickly – okay JESUS – I am listening. So it was settled within the hour that my 2017 Guiding Word for the Year is HOPE. 


It made perfect sense. This past year, I felt like my hopes in everything had been dashed against the rocks. My business was growing by God’s grace, but I felt as if every other area of my life was either under attack or in the refiner’s fire. However it was through those situations that God showed me that my hope is ALWAYS and ONLY IN HIM. As in Romans 15:13, I believe that the God of Hope wants to fill me with ALL Joy and Peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, I will abound in hope. Not just a tiny spark, not just a mustard seed or a faint glimmer that is unsustainable. But to have great hope in a large quantity. YES PLEASE!

The moment I said YES to HOPE, I heard the gentle whisper of one of my favorite poems, written by Emily Dickinson.

“Hope” is the Thing with Feathers – by Emily Dickinson
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me
My outlook on 2017 drastically changed that day. My hope began to grow even then, that God has something amazing in store for me. I love that God sent further confirmation today during church. My pastor spoke HOPE over us as she described how God brings us HOPE through His presence, His character, and more. SO GOOD! I was reminded that it’s not only about me receiving hope, but it’s about me sharing that hope with others. I can’t wait for the adventures of renewed hope in 2017!
What’s your One Word 365?

A Bold New World: #OneWord365 Review

For 2016, my #oneword365 was #BOLD. I felt God calling me to grow in my identity, pursue the dreams within my heart, and to trust Him with it all. 365 days later I see the strength and, indeed, boldness, that has grown within me as I overcame challenges, let go of things hindering me, delved deeper into His character, and celebrated the good. Strength within me that I never thought possible but was always there.



I led a Girl Scout troop for a year! I transitioned from a job in education to one where I get to love on families when they need it most. I went vegan for Lent…and relapsed (#bacon!)…but I’m planning to make a comeback! On July 5, I learned that it is SURELY AND ONLY God’s breath in my lungs that keeps me going. God’s mercies are new every day!



On October 4, I took a bold step and I launched Mama’s Southern Love on Etsy. It took months of preparation and lots of courage to say YES to the desire in my heart, but I am so glad I did! In December I completed my first Holiday Market interacting live with customers. I’ve learned so much on this journey to entrepreneurship, and I look forward to learning more in 2017.

Later that month I completed my first international solo travel to Ghana where God opened my eyes to more of His beautiful world, and my life was forever changed. I formed new friendships, tried new things, and discovered it is possible to fall in love with a country. I can’t wait to go back!

Super blessed and grateful for all that my blessings from 2016! I am excited for what God has in store for 2017! Stay tuned tomorrow for my one word for 2017! ☺️

#2016 #yearinreview #bold #refinersfire #GodsMercyIsNeverCeasing #mamassouthernlove #ghana #travel #AshesiMeansBeginning #reflection #nye