One Word

I decided not to do it this year, make resolutions. The beginning of last year had started with lots of beaming good intentions and turned into the year from hell. So to avoid setting us/ me up for further disappointment, I thought I’d set the bar exceptionally low and expect nothing from myself. That was until I came across a post last week on The Weekly Adoption Shout Out. The blog on the Braveheart Education site talked about setting one word goals for the year ahead.

The idea is you choose “A word that encompasses all areas of your life. A word that can be looked at in many different ways and that puts your intentions out there so that you focus on that one thing” I was instantly drawn to this idea and the many positive connotations focusing on a single optimistic word could bring to my life. One word to implement into everyday life, to remind myself of what I am hoping to achieve. So the big question is what should that word be?

Many and none spring to mind, none that stay long enough to be seriously contemplated. All seem too vague, too ambiguous or too obvious. What is it that I really want more of from my life, I ask myself? And then I realise, what not just me, but all my family need to work on….. confidence. So my word for the year is…


For me I want to be more confident in knowing that I know my family best and the decisions I make for them are right.

I want to be confident that at my core I am a good person, too often layers and layers of self doubt manage to persuade me otherwise.

I want to help and promote greater confidence in my children, because I know too many of the things they find hard are centred around low self esteem. I hope that if I can emanate greater confidence, it will rub off on them.

I want to be the support that enables my husband to regain confidence in himself and our life. Too often, in recent years, post the loss of his business, I know he struggles to believe in himself. I think he’s amazing and I want him to believe it too.

I want to have the confidence to move forward with our lives, the last year has felt too much like a rut, a ditch into which we’ve fallen. I know we all have the ability to climb out and move on, we just need the confidence to do so.

On days when it all seems too much and the darkness moves in, I want to be confident in the belief that the moment will pass, that brightness will shine again.

I want to fill my life with confidence.



  1. RonB January 12, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    Spot on! Go for it.

  2. Stephen @ivavnuk January 12, 2014 / 9:28 pm


    This one I can help with:

    “I want to be confident that at my core I am a good person, too often layers and layers of self doubt manage to persuade me otherwise.”

    Unequivocally, I know this to be true. From outside it is so clear, so clear that goodness runs right to the heart of you.

    In a world where pettiness and small mindedness abound – you stand apart from that.

    You might wonder how I’d know ? I read your lines and between them – and both ways lead to a heart that’s good.

  3. Suddenly Mummy January 12, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    I thought this Braveheart post was excellent too, and it got me thinking, although, unlike you, I haven’t actually acted on it! Lol – maybe ‘ACTION’ should be my word!!

    Anyway, in your quest for confidence this year, I hope that you can hold onto everything that encourages you, builds you up, supports, advises and gently re-directs, and ditch the rest!

  4. lindsay January 12, 2014 / 11:46 pm

    Yeah! I just did an activity with my team at work writting our slogans for the year. Domebody told me about the idea of one word and Ive been thinking ever since what would it be. Thanks for sharing, look forward to following an amazing year full of confidence for you and your family:)

  5. helloitsgemma January 13, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    I was reading about having one word on Dorkymum’s blog. and it got me thinking, it great to have a focus.
    sometimes we do need to remind ourselves that we have got it in us to rise to any challenge it just takes; confidence. I very much relate to this, it’s very easy for self-doubt to creep in, as parents we don’t often get anyone admiring our work, thanking us or just saying well done. it’s easy to feel a bit in a corner.
    good luck, am sure you will excel.

  6. Sally January 13, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    Go for it. After all, you’ve both survived the year from hell so you’ve got a lot to feel confident about. And confidence has a habit of growing exponentially.
    Happy New Year xx

    PS I’ve found it helps to get arsey too, in a polite way of course (!)

  7. Honeymummy January 13, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    A fantastic word, and a yet another fantastic post.

  8. older mum in a muddle January 18, 2014 / 11:38 am

    Lovely post. Confidence is a great word…. and I really hope it guides you through a better year! I think it’s nicer to have one powerful word instead of list of resolutions. X

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