Word of the Year

Back in November my mom and I were on our way to Renningers in search of a few accessories, chandeliers and a dresser for Loblolly Manor. It’s about a 3 hour drive which naturally gave us plenty of time to catch up. While the conversation jumped from one topic to the next, we kept circling back to one issue in particular….2015 was flying by at warp speed.


It was during that conversation we chose our “word for the year.” It’s something we’ve done for most of my adult life. Not surprisingly, I had already been thinking about what I wanted my word to be. I’m definitely a planner like that. This year feels totally different given my birthday celebration in a few short weeks will be the last one in this decade. Hello sense of urgency I haven’t felt in a long time. The past few months have also been filled with lots of personal and professional decisions so I figured the best way to commemorate them is with a word of the year that would keep me focused daily, which is why I chose…


1. the thing that you plan to do or achieve: an aim or a purpose

I want to be more intentional with my words, my choices, my relationships, my health, my home, my businesses and most importantly my time. I have a long list of goals that I’m working on and I’m sure you do too. As I shared with you guys yesterday, consistently writing down my goals each day/week/month and creating a solid plan to achieve those goals made a HUGE impact in what I was able to accomplish last year.


If you’re a visual person consider hanging a piece of artwork in your home, office, or even your car as a daily reminder of the goals you’re working towards. My parents gave me a bracelet at Christmas that was inscribed with the words “live with intention” which was such a sweet surprise. Last year they gave me a ring inscribed with my scripture of the year. Every reminder no matter how big or small will help you stay focused when you’re faced with having to make so many decisions at once or when life gets harried and you just need five minutes to breathe already.


Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish” and it’s so true. I can’t wait to share everything that’s been going on lately with you. I hope you guys all have a safe and happy New Years Day. I’m sharing a traditional New Year’s lunch with the fam and the entire house smells like greens!

Many blessings,


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  1. Dearest CoCo – your word of the year is so meaningful and impactful! It definitely sets the tone for the new year ahead! And how sweet of your parents to gift you with that pretty bracelet with the inscription…very powerful. We wish you all great things to come your way in 2016! Cheers, hugs and much love!

    1. Thanks so much ladies, my parents are the best. It was such a great surprise they got me those bracelets. So sweet. I’m super excited about this year and all it’s going to hold for the three of us. Sending you both big hugs and lots of love, CoCo

  2. Happy New Year Coco! Intention was my word for 2015, great minds think alike! 🙂 I’m not sure that I did it justice, so I’m excited to follow along with you. My word for 2016 is STEWARDSHIP. I really need to do a better job of stewarding the hearts and minds of those I love, my health, and my resources. Looking forward to a GREAT year!

    1. Kimm, that is such a great word of the year! I love it. It’s been great so far just relaxing and taking the time to decide what I really want for this year. Sometimes it’s scary to dream big or to take on things you’ll never be able to accomplish in your own flesh. I’m believing big for both of us this year 🙂 Hugs, Coco

  3. Liz Bonin says:

    Happy New Year CoCo! Looking forward to all you’ll be sharing with us in the coming year! Liz

    1. Thank you so much sweet friend! I’m excited to spend Tuesday nights with you 🙂 I hope you had a fabulous holiday break with the girls. I know it meant a lot to you to have them all together. Hugs, CoCo

  4. My takeaway Coco, you’ll probably be surprised that this post made me miss my parents. Happy New Year!

    1. Sending you lots of love and hugs, Mary Beth, for the best year yet. I know 2016 has so many great things planned for you 🙂

  5. I love your word of the year and I know you will fulfill living your life with intention. Happy 2016 dear friend.

    1. Thanks so much, Renee! My scripture of the year is Ecclesiastes 3:11 so I’m excited to see where the journey for both of those takes me 🙂 May 2016 be our best year yet! Happy New Year!

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