My Word of the Year for 2017

As a blogger, and even not as a blogger, January brings the beginning of a new year; and with that, the chance to review and renew our goals, directions and focus. In the last few years I’ve chosen words like Forward, Light, Stretch and Reboot. I’ve used these words in my daily life, in focusing on my goals for myself, my blog and my business.

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been playing around with finding my new Word of the Year. The journey I’ve taken started several months ago; almost without me even realizing it. Over the next several months (or maybe even years), I will be making several big changes in my life. Some of these are internal changes, some are external; but to me, they are all pretty big.

The word I’ve chosen for 2017 is kind of a made-up word, not jibberish as you will see, just a little off-the-beaten-path; but since this is my blog and my life, it’s also my rules.

My Word of the Year for 2017

When I first came up with this word, it felt so big, so out-of-character for me, that I was a little afraid. I still am, but that’s the whole point. I aspire to this, and so without further ado my Word of the Year for 2017 is:

Word of the Year Awe-dacious

I’ve made it a point, over the years, to choose words to give me focus; but I’m doing things a little differently than the past. If you know me personally, or follow me on social channels–you’ll know that I’ve had some trying times. In 2012, my Father asked me to be with him in his last weeks.

FamilyAnd after that, my Mother was diagnosed with a terminal, incurable illness; again, I spent the last year of her life with her, helping, hand-holding and shortly after losing her, lost my step-dad too. These were three huge losses in my life; and three times that I had to step away from my own life, to help.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. The times I spent with each of them gave me memories that I would never have experienced otherwise. I’m grateful that I was able to do as much as I could for each of them. I guess what it comes down to is that I’m a “giver” when it comes to my family and my friends.

But this year, I’m making a conscious effort to choose me; which is why I’ve had trouble with the original word; audacious–extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless–as in an audacious explorer. I’ve never seen myself as extremely anything; and certainly not bold or daring.

In order to remain true to myself, to my own personal story, I’ve altered this audacious word just a little. In my mind it’s still going to be bold and daring, but also reverential and inspiring. I found a line here that sums up what I’m trying to say…

Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world

Dacher Keltner professor of psychology, University of California

My 2017 Word of the Year, Awe-dacious, is a blend of daring and bold, alongside reverence and inspiration. I’m going to aim for the stars, but remain appreciative of the road I’m taking to get there, the friends and family who are helping me along and for you, stopping by here to check up on me and see what’s happening at Ann About Town.


  1. Thank you for this word. That’s how I am feeling today. Awe-dacious.

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