Welcome 2020

2020 is a brand-new year and begins a new decade. It is also the opportunity to begin anew with a word that will carry me through this year.
Ali Edwards, with her year-long course, started me on the journey of choosing that One Little Word rather than make resolutions.
Here are the words I have focused on over the years:
2010 – YES
2011 – Balance
2012 – Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)
2013 – JOY
2014 – Embrace
2015 – Bloom
2016 – Shine
2017 – Cultivate
2018 – MORE
2019 – Focus

Each word seemed to fit the need I had for that year, some more than others. I had hoped Focus would force me to zone into what needed to be done and what I wanted to do. But it wasn’t as effective as I had hoped.
So, I started searching for a word that would allow me to return to some of the words I have had and capture some of their power.

I discovered a book at the library last month, read it and knew I had my word and my path for the year. Yes, I am retired but there is still so much I want to do.
The book was “Refire! Don’t Retire. Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life” by Ken Blanchard and Morton Schaevtz. It was filled with questions to look at what I wanted.
As they said:
To refire is to approach life with gusto. It’s to see each day as an opportunity for adventure and learning. It’s to infuse passion and zest into every are of your life.”

This was it – my OLW – my path forward, an approach to life, living with zest, gusto, adventure, enthusiasm.
Refire will be my OLW for 2020.

I even created a new canvas to hang in my work room



What is your OLW?

9 thoughts on “My OLW

  1. I must admit, I’m jealous of everyone who is able to come up with a word for the coming year. I’ve tried for many years, but find it gives me more stress to try to come up with the “perfect” word. I don’t know why it causes me turmoil and jealousy, lol. I’m obviously a high-strung person. I love your pick and hope it you are able to refer back to it throughout the year and feel its power within you.

    • Thanks Cheri. I hope I can do that as well. I really need to do more, achieve more – especially writing. But resolutions work better for some people. It is so individual. Happy New Year!

  2. Oh Bev I love it and I must look up that book you mention. I think so far my 5 years of retirement have been my happiest. Well for the first time I am following Ali Edwards and joined her site. I have chosen words other years and mid year couldn’t remember the word. However the prompts she gives is so helpful. I have chosen the word “twenty”. Seemingly mundane but it suits me for this year. Its set me off on a great path and I am enjoying the little bit of scrap book journaling to go with it.

    • Check out this post: A 2020 Vision January 2, 2020 By Barbara Linn Probst
      I don’t have a link – only the title. If you can’t find it let me know and I’ll email a copy.
      I want to do more journaling this year as well

      • Thanks. Isn’t Google wonderful when its given the main details. I’ve bookmarked it, I did think of 20/20 vision and it has more so will take time to read it slowly.

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