New Year's Eve Wise Words

One-Word Theme for 2018 – Excuse me. Can I have a word with you?

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THANK GOODNESS THAT’S OVER! (jokingnotjoking). I’m not a huge fan of Christmas. Sure, I enjoy some aspects of it. It’s the stress and emotional baggage that accompanies the holiday season I could do without. On the other hand, New Year’s is something I look forward to. As much as I fancy a good party, the feeling of a clean slate and a fresh start is what fires me up. Not one for making resolutions, I have adopted the popular practice of creating a one-word theme for the year. Everything from choosing the perfect word to thinking about how I will manifest it throughout the year gets me charged.

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The One-Word Theme

When my son was born, my one-word theme was “surrender.” (Sometimes words choose us, or so it would seem.) Another time it was “create” and then “joy.” A couple of years ago it was “expansion.” I wanted to push myself to try new things, stretch my comfort zone, and grow my businesses.

The Power of Intention

For 2018, I chose the word “intention.” By nature, I am laid back…maybe a tad too much. Admittedly, I leave a lot to chance. I wing it. I go with the flow. It has worked out for me on countless occasions, but with a milestone birthday coming up, I want to feel more in control of my destiny.

Yes, I am well aware the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But I’ve heard and even experienced, the power of intention as well.

When you’re connected to the power of intention, everywhere you go, and everyone you meet is affected by you and the energy you radiate. As you become the power of intention, you’ll see your dreams being fulfilled almost magically, and you’ll see yourself creating huge ripples in the energy fields of others by your presence and nothing more.

~Wayne Dyer

Too “woo woo” for you? To me, being intentional means purposefully choosing what I want my life to look like and how I want to feel. Rather than dropping a bad habit or denying myself as many resolutions require, I want to say “Yes”. Intentionally creating a desired outcome keeps me focused on the things I am passionate about instead of passively allowing s*** to happen.

Word Gets Around

The thing I like best about choosing a one-word theme is how it sets the tone for the year. If you start to use your theme word as a filter through which you make all your decisions, (big or small), it can positively influence all corners of your life including health, relationships, career and…wait for it…even your wardrobe choices! I have found the impact can be profound, but hey, don’t take my word for it.

Mom’s the Word

A few days ago, some mom-blogger friends of mine and I shared our theme words with each other. In our discussion, they mentioned words such as “worthy”, “mindful”, “love”, “simplify”, “fearless”, “focused” and “grit”. How juicy! Can you imagine how dressing and showing up in the world would be a completely different experience when you’re truly living your theme word? Would you step out of your comfort zone? Hell ya, you would!

Put in a Good Word

Over to you. What would you like more of in your life? How do you want to show up in the world? What will YOUR one-word theme be for 2018?

Wishing you a happy AND stylish New Year!

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PS Word to Yo’ Mama

I heard someone say, “Your mama didn’t raise you to have an ‘okay’ life. She raised you to have an amazing life.”

Kickstart 2018 by contacting The Joy of Style. We dress you to feel focused, worthy, fearless, (or whatever YOUR word is) and confident to live the amazing life you are meant to live.



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  • Sela
    January 10, 2018 at 8:20 am

    I really enjoyed reading your post! It is very inspirational with a personal touch. I can totally relate.

    • Dee Clarke
      January 10, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you, Sela. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Happy New Year!

  • Danielle
    January 10, 2018 at 9:00 am

    I love the idea of a one-word theme for the year. I think mine would be ‘determination’. I am determined to do great things this year and accomplish my goals. Thanks for the read!

    • Dee Clarke
      January 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      That’s a good one, Danielle. I hope you have successful and joyful 2018. With your determined mindset, I’m guessing you will.

  • Brandi
    January 10, 2018 at 9:15 am

    We had some massive life changes over the holidays, and so I’m having to redo my one word for 2018. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    • Dee Clarke
      January 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Brandi. I hope whichever word you choose guides and inspires you throughout the year and keeps you motivated to go after your heart’s desire.

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