My 2017 Word of the Year

It’s a new year. I could go through the whole “how did that happen already?!?” thing, but I think we all pretty much feel like time is flying, so I think that’s covered.

Once again this year, I’ve picked one word to try to guide me through daily moments, business decisions & growth. It’s always so hard for me to narrow it down to just one word because I feel like there are so many areas in which I can push to grow more.

After lots of thinking & reflecting, I’ve chosen “abundance” as my word for this year.


I’ve heard lots of podcasts & read lots of posts on the abundance mindset before but never really took the time to think about it more deeply. When I took a minute to think about what an abundant mindset really means for me in business & in life, I realized that this might just be the perfect word for this year.

So heading into 2017 I am going to challenge myself to stop thinking in terms of scarcity. There are lots of Houston & Kingwood photographers, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t enough clients for all of us to serve. I will focus on finding MY ideal clients who I can impact & bless the best & bring those clients into the family. The clients I don’t get? They’re better served by another photographer & that’s a blessing to all of us.

In my personal life, I’ve already seen what thinking of abundance can do for me. Living with a 3 and a half year old and a 14 month old is tough. When they’re fussy or stubborn it can be downright exhausting. But in the moments when the fits are happening (usually for pretty much no reason) & I want to snap, I’ve thought about the fact that there is an abundance of patience. I’m not limited in that area other than the limits I put on myself. So taking a breath & consciously thinking about bringing in more of that abundant patience has seemed to help tremendously!


So here’s to 2017, and to recognizing & appreciating the abundance all around us!

If you’ve picked a word of the year, I’d love to hear what it is & why you chose it in the comments!! 


Previous Words of the Year:

My 2015 Word of the Year

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m not really into making New Years Resolutions. They are great for some folks, and I think anything you’re doing to try to get better as a person should be counted as a good thing – it’s just that I never end up keeping them.

They seem to have the built in excuse to fail because “no one ever keeps their resolutions anyway…”

That being said, I did still want to do SOMETHING this year. Something intentional, purposeful. So I decided to have a Word of the Year.

My Word of the Year will be a word that I try to keep at the forefront of my mind – in daily moments, or in the times of making big decisions. I hope to be able to use it as a guiding light for my decisions and actions over the next twelve months. It will be “home” for me each day.


I have to admit I had a really hard time deciding what my Word would be for 2015. (Which brings us to this announcement being a week into the year…) There were so many words that I felt a strong pull toward: Simplify, Joy, Focus, Still, Courage, Faith, etc. I would feel emotionally and mentally drawn toward one of those words, but part of me would be feeling the pull toward something on the other end of the spectrum. For example, I would be leaning toward choosing Focus – pushing myself to really continue to look intently at my goals, and then focusing on each and every step needed to make them a reality. But then part of my heart would be whispering the word “still” to me. Be still. Take time to just be, rather than pushing so hard on so many fronts.

With some of these contrasting feelings, those words spoke to me, but they just didn’t feel right. For this year. For where I am now. They are all good things that I’ll try to work on at some point throughout the year, but they just didn’t feel like the “home” I could live in each and every day this year. Maybe they’ll be the Word of the Year in future years, but not right now.

Which led me to my word of the year…

Nacogdoches Photographer's word of the year for 2015: balance


Balance. I want to make sure I really focus on balance this year. Figuring out priorities, and then keeping them as priorities. Taking a little time each week (or day) to do nothing other than hang out or read a book for fun. Make time for family, time for me, time for my job, time for my photography, etc. If I work through lunch one day, then take the next day’s lunch break to work on photo tasks, and the next lunch break to go work out, and the next lunch break to come home and do nothing but watch a DVR’ed show. Making a point to keep my emotions more balanced… To keep my contact with friends balanced. To keep my faith and my relationship with God as a key piece of my day to help keep me grounded – and balanced.


I’m really looking forward to seeing where this Word of the Year approach will take me this year… Have any of y’all chosen a Word of the Year before? What about this year? What is your word?

A New Year

Yea… I know we’re almost a week into the New Year, but that’s still pretty new, right?

Those of you who have liked the Facebook page may have seen that I’m going to have a Word of the Year this year… and in the sake of keeping things consistent… I’m a little behind on finalizing what that word will be… But I’ll get to that later this week.


As the New Year comes in, so many people make resolutions. I’ve done it too. And then somewhere around the 20th or so, we’ve already lost touch with them. Maybe you make it farther in to the year… March. April. July, even. Maybe you’re one of the ones who really does stick it out – nicely done!

But I’ve found that resolutions don’t really work for me.

And I think I may have finally realized why…

Making a resolution sounds like you’re forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do. Something you’ll just have to slug through. Just ‘grin & bear it.”

Doesn’t really sound all that inspiring, motivating or exciting.

Why not make a vow? Make a change? Make a choice to enjoy the process of bettering yourself, and bettering your life? Make it fun! Make it meaningful!


So that, my friends, is why I’m not making any resolutions this year. I’m choosing a word. Words are powerful. And hopefully my word has staying power for me this year.