Choosing one word to live by for a year, rather than multiple resolutions, is harder for some than others (almost as hard as writing a synopsis … well, maybe not that hard).

I know some people who just pick a word, any word, and that’s it, they go with it. But if you’re anything like me, you analyse and mull and then, when you finally choose a word, you hope it’s not the wrong one.

In 2018, after much thought and looking at word lists for inspiration, the word DIRECTION came to me. This is what I wrote last year, the first time I tried the one word process:

Guidance. Direction. It’s what I’m calling for in my heart.

I want to be open to opportunities, to be brave and take risks where needed – but have the wisdom to know deep down which direction is right.

And as I figure that out, I want to focus my intentions on steering myself in that direction.

As I reflect on 2018, I realise that it took a while to find my direction. Or to trust in it. I had to make some big decisions, such as walking away from a business I loved, in order to steer myself the right way.

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I had to trust my Self, to trust that what my heart was calling for was right, even though I was scared.

I had to be brave.

It was a risk, but ultimately, I knew deep down it was the only way to get myself back on the writer’s path I needed to be on.

And even though I spent much of the year searching my heart about which direction was the right one, I went where the word took me (which was all over the place for a while). I opened myself up to some exciting opportunities and closed the door on things I needed to surrender.

This year, I thought about my one word for a few days … I meditated … looked at word lists but nothing stood out … and then this word appeared in my head: REALISATION.


Why this word? To me it means fulfilling my potential, as well as awareness (of self and others).

In 2019 I want to push forward with my writing dreams, and hopefully, see some results.

And I want to continue to pay attention to my Self – from health, spiritual and emotional perspectives – through meditation, exercise and self-care. By doing this, by giving some space to my Self, I can keep giving to others without losing sight of ME.

The whole idea of choosing one word is this: “Go where it takes you. Be who it makes you”.

Now I have two questions for you:

  1. What’s your one word for 2019? You can sign up here if you want to make it official (but you don’t have to).
  2. If you choose one word for 2018, what was it, and how did you live this word?




Monique Mulligan

Monique Mulligan

2 Responses

  1. I think my one word for 2019 is ‘Restraint’ – in the sense of stop trying to do everything, learn how to focus on just a few things that truly matter, stop spending time and effort and money on things that are not important.

    1. Yes, I like that. For me, that is part of my realisation word. I can only realise things (as in potential) if I realise (in awareness) what I need to let in to my life and let go of. I also tend to try to do everything, and I have been consciously working on surrendering things that hinder my focus.

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