One Little Word 2017 | Secure

Dear 2017,

I come to you humbled, filled with humility, and looking for the strength and support I need to build this new, bigger life of mine. You see, 2016 brought me so much joy, and yet, so many challenges. And I appreciated all of it. Not just for the joyful moments, but for the moments that helped shape who I am and where I am on this journey we call life.

But enough is ENOUGH. The challenges have passed. I am whole again. And I am ready to build, grow, learn, shake, excite, energize, expand … but that all starts with one little word: secure.

You see, 2016 was hard and it shook me to my core. It tested me in every area of my life. It held me down and made me beg for mercy, then it pushed a little farther.

And you know what?

I’m still here.

But I’m different.

And it’s up to you and me, 2017, to make some changes.

You see, I want to be the one to shake, 2017, not be shaken. I want to be the one to excite, not be excitable. I want to be energized, rather than exhausted. I want to expand horizons, not my waistline.

And while I LOVE the product of each opportunity I have had, I want to grow as a person, not grow a person.

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2017, you are a year about me. Not “M-E.” Not “ME.” Not even “Me.” Just “me.” Just Julie. Just the person, right here, typing this note. The person who’s hurrying through everything, on all days, because time is of the essence. The person who’s last to bed and first to rise, and up 17 times in between. The person who’s trying to keep it all together, but needs a little support to make that happen.

2017, you and me are going to be good for each other. Maybe not GREAT. But we’ll be good. Because we’re going to work together. We’re going to assess where we are, make small goals for where we want to be, and we’re going to do the work it takes to get there.

2017, I would like to say I’m excited to meet you. Or that I’m excited to get started. But really, I’m too tired for that. I’m too worn, even, for hopeful.

But I’m here. And I’m not going anywhere.

So let’s get started. And let’s start today.




For several years Ali Edwards has started her year with a word. No resolutions or promises to break, just one little word® to check back on for guidance or reflection. As she describes it, “You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. Follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.” After a challenging 2016, my choice for 2017 is to become SECURE. Each month, I’m focused on a different aspect of securing who I am, where I am, and what we’re doing. I hope you’ll join me on this journey. For more of my one little word, follow my tag one little word.

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