Every year I pick a watchword or “one little word” to be my guide for the year. Last year, it was fly, and my year was amazing. I have learned so much this past year, about myself and about the world. I got a fabulous new job, released my children onto the world, made amazing friends, pursued my own interests, and generally had a hell of a good time. Past words have been home, joy, hope, and peace.

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Have you heard of the whole “one little word” trend?

Actually, let me backtrack a little. Have you heard of the concept of a life verse? It’s a Scripture verse that has great personal meaning to you. Maybe it defines your life. Maybe it reflects it. Maybe it’s something that you cling to in times to adversity or maybe it’s something you strive to live up to. In my case, it’s a verse that has dogged me ever since I was a small child.


1: a word or phrase used as a sign of recognition among members of the same society, class, or group

2a : a word or motto that embodies a principle or guide to action of an individual or group

2b : a guiding principle

I’ve been doing this “one little word” dealio for a few years now.