One Word for 2018

Well, hello there. Hope the first three weeks of 2018 went well and amazing for you.

The first two weeks for me were all about slowing down, pondering what my goals should be for the year, and most of all praying and reflecting on the Word. My toddler got sick the third week which threw all our sleep and schedules off.

All is well now, so I’m spending this night writing about my one word for 2018. Finally. Because as you will read on, I have a mission this year. 🙂

One Word

The practice of “One Word” has been around for a while now. The challenge is quite simple. Instead of listing down resolutions for the year, it challenges you to pick one word. Just one. You read it right. Just one word to shape your year, one word to focus on every day, all year long.

I don’t know about you, but resolutions never worked for me. I need intentionality and purpose to focus on my goals. Thus, I’ve taken on this One Word challenge for myself. Because less is better which resonates with my overall goal to simplify.

The Process

During my chruch’s prayer and fasting week, I challenged myself to fast on social media, the single biggest distraction in my working mom life. I badly wanted to hear from God because I had been feeling a general lack of direction at the end of 2017. Any mommies who can relate?! And so, my prayer was to hear directions from God including an affirmation of what my one word should be.

It was just timely that one of the blogs I follow, Chasing Dreams, sent on a free One Word worksheet which I found really helpful in jotting down my goals and my words, and in finally selecting my one word for the year. This, together with spending time reading the bible made the process worth my while.

First thing on the list: dream casting. I penned down what I’d like to have achieved by the end of 2018, what my life would have looked like, what kind of person I would have become.Second was writing down my faith goals for the year. And then, writing down one word ideas which I would select from later on. During the process, I opened my bible and prayed earnestly for God’s leading. I had narrowed down my list on the left handside  to just two words: love and do. It was in the middle of the night when the Lord lead me to this verse:


“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behaviour from their parents. Mostly what God does is to love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love.” ~ Ephesians 5:1-2 (MSG)

And would you have guessed it? The very words I was contemplating about were the same apparent words in the above verse! In the end, the pull over the word “do” was so strong I knew that or its equivalent was the one.

One Word: AccomplishIn one of my conversations with the husband, he nodded in full agreement that I would always plan and plan and plan but never really getting to accomplish the plans I had spent so much time working on.

It’s about time I “do” it.

In my heart, I was hearing the Lord’s voice telling me, “It’s time to do the nitty gritty part of it now, Lai. Time to tick off that list. Time to write about what matters. Time to pursue the passions of your heart, the things which make you feel restless at 2 AM, wondering what would happen if you were to try them. Time to encourage others. Time to be brave and share your heart out there. It’s time to do, to accomplish.”

Accomplish. My one word for the year. 🙂

Other Quotes for Inspiration

From the Bible, no less.

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:11

From other inspiring people:

“Love many things, for thein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” – Brian Tracey

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Hellen Keller

Thank you for reading to this very end, I wish you a meaningful season and may 2018 be the best year for you.

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