• Fulfillment – My Theme Word for 2017

    Did you choose a word or phrase for the year 2017?



    For the last few years, it has become common for people to choose a word of the year to describe a theme or feeling they want to achieve.

    For me, my word of the year or theme is FULFILLMENT



    noun: fulfillment

    1. 1.

    the achievement of something desired, promised, or predicted.

    “winning the championship was the fulfillment of a childhood dream”

    • satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s potential.

    “she did not believe that marriage was the key to happiness and fulfillment”

    1. 2.

    the meeting of a requirement, condition, or need.

    “the fulfillment of statutory requirements”

    • the performance of a duty or role as required, pledged, or expected.

    “the need to eliminate excess by the security forces in fulfillment of their duties”



    I love the word fulfillment because it gives me a goal to strive for doing what I set out to do. It also describes a feeling of satisfaction.

    You know, I work hard, and there are many times that I feel busy, but not fulfilled. When I set my sights on accomplishing goals that make me feel fulfilled – that make my life more pleasurable and give me more of a feeling of satisfaction – it puts a different spin on my work. It makes me focus more on figuring out how to spend more time doing the things that I love, that make me feel fulfilled.

    My focus is also on working smarter and not harder. 

    And for me, this means that I should evaluate HOW I spend my time and what I can do to be more fulfilled. Working can be a good thing – it pays the bills and gives me the means to do more fun things, BUT it takes something away from fulfilling myself in my relationships – which are more important to me than money. So, I have to figure out the best way to spend my time to optimize my feelings of fulfillment.

    Fulfillment, to me, also represents the big theme of doing what I’ve said I would do. So, I need to honor my goals and what I need to do to achieve them. I need to do what it takes to be healthier: go to the gym 3 times per week, do yoga most days, find positive ways to deal with stress and to minimize the stress I have to deal with (this one is huge for me). I also have to eat better.

    Aside from personal goals, I have my business goals as well. Last year, I really diddled a lot of time away on social media. I didn’t keep up with my business posts for my OWN business. I hardly blogged for myself at all. Most of my time and energy was put into building This year, for a few reasons, I intend to work full-time for myself and part-time for them.

    And I want to do what I set out to do. I don’t want to continue to make big plans for myself and then not work on them – not achieve them – that makes me feel unfulfilled. That’s one of the biggest reasons I chose fulfillment as my word.

    At the end of the year, I want to feel fulfillment because I’ve embodied the spirit of fulfillment during the year.

    Do you have a word of the year for 2017? If so, feel free to share it in the comments below!

    Blessed be,