My Word of 2018: A Look Back

Nearly a year ago, I sensed “brave” should be my word for 2018. It felt like a daunting choice then, and truth be told, admitting it to you here still feels a bit scary, a little too vulnerable.

I’ve loved having this guy on my desk this year. Print by my talented friend  Bess .

I’ve loved having this guy on my desk this year. Print by my talented friend Bess.

I certainly haven’t mastered bravery.

But when I take off my self-critical glasses, I see that I have grown in bravery this year. I took some important steps forward. I sidled up to decisions that made me uncomfortable, even fearful, and chose to do them anyway.

They were baby steps toward bravery.

Here are a few of them:

  • After years of dreaming and dabbling, I officially began my editing business.

  • I allowed myself the freedom to experiment and be a beginner.

  • I sent pitch emails, worked on my elevator speech, and began putting myself out there.

  • I started putting words of my own on the internet where anyone could find them.

  • I connected with new friends and reconnected with old ones.

I made progress, and that’s worth celebrating!  


As we approach the new year, I’m circling in on what its word (or phrase) will be. I’m close but haven’t quite landed on it yet.

But I also know I’m not done with “brave.” In fact, I’m looking forward to participating in Annie F. Downs’s 100 Days to Brave online book club. Want to join too? It starts tomorrow, and you can get the Kindle version on your device today. She explains the (blessedly simple) details here.


Finally, to those of you who have been reading and cheering me on this year, your encouragement and support mean the world to me. I pray for rich blessings in your lives, and I’m looking forward to where 2019 will take us together.

Happy New Year, friends!

How about you? Did you choose a word or phrase to work toward in 2018? Do you have one for 2019? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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