Resolution or Word- Whatever it takes to Inspire Your Life #Writinglife #inspiration


Did you choose a New Year’s Resolution or Word for 2022?

Resolution:

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary

1: the act or process of resolving: such as

a: the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones

b: the act of answering SOLVING

c: the act of determining

Word of the Year

From Elizabeth Rider

INSTEAD OF A RIGID RESOLUTION, A WORD OF THE YEAR IS YOUR CONSTANT (YET GENTLE) REMINDER TO FOCUS ON CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE.

Your Word of the Year Sets an Intention, A Theme Per Se, For How You Want Your Year to Flow.

It depends on the person, of course. Some are dedicated and work hard to make their resolutions a reality.

For me, not so much. Resolutions tend to be set aside after the first month or two and I end up navigating the year with no real guidance.

So, when I heard fellow authors choosing a Word for the year, I became intrigued. The one you choose is meant to be a guideline for the goal you want to achieve, whether personal or professional. It can make your life more rewarding and help you to make choices that count rather than impulses you regret.

Some words I’ve come across so far, curiosity, reflection, calm, centered, successful, healthy, generosity.

So many choices!

I thought it over for a couple of weeks and came up with…

Stretch

I plan to extend my creativity and have started a new-to-me genre- YA (young adult) duet written simultaneously in first person. It’s challenging, but maybe that’s what I need in order to grow and find my voice.

Stretch myself physically with more walking and I’d like to try biking again. A couple of years ago, I wanted to join DH (darling hubby) and kiddo for a ride but found my leg wouldn’t make the swing over the seat. Kiddo tried to help by lifting my leg and I almost went over like a felled oak! lol

I want to stretch by expanding my horizons. Travel this beautiful island we live on and make a trip back home to see family and friends. Try new things such as whale watching, hiking, zip-lining (maybe :))

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45 thoughts on “Resolution or Word- Whatever it takes to Inspire Your Life #Writinglife #inspiration

  1. I like your word for 2022, Jacquie. I’ve never been one for resolutions, so for many years, I’ve chosen a word. This year, I’ve recycled one from the past…focus. As I’m pulled in many directions, I felt this word could help me in 2022. I’m easy distracted!

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    1. I love focused, Jill. That was the word I came up with first (easily distracted, as well, lol), but then stretch appeared in my mind complete with a billboard and flashing lights, so I guess it chose me 🙂

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  2. I really like your word of the year, Jacquie. I also like the idea of a word for the year. I’d really have to give some thought to mine to sum up all aspects of my life that it would effect. Cheering you on along your path and wishing you many downloads with your sales!

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    1. There were so many that came to mind, but stretch seemed most fitting in my case. I need to work on my weaknesses (of which there are many! lol)

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  3. I love your word, Jacquie. So many ways to apply it! Wishing you the best with following through.

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      1. I have every faith you’ll succeed (in all aspects of the word).

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  4. I like these. I did ‘stretch’ to reading outside my usual genre a year or so ago. It felt as good as a physical stretch (which I love doing). Good advice, Jacquie.

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    1. Thanks, Jacqui. I like reading a variety of genres, though most are under the romance umbrella 🙂

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      1. I’m trying a romance Western (by Linda Broday)–more stretching. I usually avoid those but I have to say, this one sounds wonderful.

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        1. I’ll have to check her books out, thanks!

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          1. I must say, you are getting me into romance!

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  5. Jacquie, a thoughtful and thought-provoking post! Your explanation about choosing a word as opposed to resolutions was excellent and gave clarity to this new-to-me idea. Your choice is fantastic and I wish you a fabulous year of stretch in all area! Good luck with your YA novel and I know you’ve got this! xx

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    1. Thank you, Annika. I think choosing a word is less intimidating for me- now to stretch those boundaries!

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      1. Jacquie, you have me pondering in a word and the one I keep coming back to the moment is trust … as in myself, my work, my choices, and yes, even others! I’m letting the word percolate within me for now … thank you for inspiring with your post! Xx

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        1. I love that one, Annika! Trust is hard, more so in myself than others. I’ll have to remember it for next year ❤

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  6. A fantastic choice of word with a perfect feline pic to symbolize it. I’m excited you’re branching into YA – welcome to the club!

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    1. Thank you, Teri. I’m looking forward to the challenge!

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  7. What a fabulous word for 2022, Jacquie! I love it! I came up with a word for the year starting about six years ago and it’s amazing how fitting they all are as the year unfolds. Here’s to much success with all endeavors in 2022!

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    1. I think there’s less pressure with a word versus resolutions. I hope I live up to my choice 🙂
      How are you doing today?

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  8. What a great word for the year!
    I’m already impressed with your posts. If you improve them anymore, they’ll be off the charts.
    Good luck with that YA. Keep us ‘posted.’ Heh.

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    1. Lol, nice word play 🙂
      Thanks, Sandra, now to live up to the goals!

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      1. I have no doubts you are gonna do it:)

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  9. D.L. Finn, Author January 20, 2022 — 5:22 pm

    What a great word, Jacquie 🙂 I’m working on stretching my muscles this year too, good idea to apply it both writing and body. I’m excited you want to dip into YA! Yay. xo

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    1. I’m not getting any younger, so I figured I better get serious about my health.
      I’ve read some heart-wrenching YA novels. Young people feel things deeper and with more passion, I want to tap into that 🙂

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author January 21, 2022 — 11:11 am

        You are right about both health and the deeper emotions of youth xo

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  11. petespringerauthor January 20, 2022 — 10:28 pm

    Stretch is the perfect word for how we should live our lives in general. Staying in a little bubble, always doing the familiar, and taking no risks is a pretty dull way to go through life. Good luck in 2022, Jacquie!

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    1. I think back on some of the misadventures of my youth and realize how important they were in creating the person I am today. Thank you, Pete {{hugs}}

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      1. petespringerauthor January 21, 2022 — 2:41 pm

        You sound like a good lawyer. When I was getting grounded, I wonder if my parents saw my deeds as misadventures of my youth. 🤣🤣🤣

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  12. Hi Jacquie, I really like your word. Stretch definitely allows for a lot of scope in many areas. Mine is patience. Patience with my sons so they don’t drive me to distraction. Patience at work for the same reason. Patience with my parents and their memory loss and inability to try anything new. Patience with my writing so I don’t get frustrated by my slow progress.

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    1. Patience is something I need to work on, as well. I’m fond of saying, “Patience, my a**,” to hubby when something annoys me, lol

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  13. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader January 23, 2022 — 1:34 pm

    Now I want to choose my word of the year Jacquie!

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    1. How about my word for you? Friendships 🙂

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  14. Stretch is a great word, Jacquie. And all the ways you’re planning to stretch are great. I think that’s how we grow, and our skill responds and grows as well. I should probably pick a word since I’m terrible at keeping resolutions. Lol. 🙂

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    1. Just the word resolution is enough to send me scurrying for cover, lol

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      1. Yeah, I was never good at those either. Never made it to February.

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  15. Hi Jacquie, I love your word for 2022! I think we could all do with stretching ourselves, both physically and mentally. Toni x

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    1. I know I’ve fallen into a rut the last few years- time to shake things up!

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  16. That’s a great idea, Jacquie. I never make resolutions, but a word, well I choose Peace. 🙂

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    1. Something we could all use right now ❤

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