Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all finished out the holiday season with plenty of good vibes and that your 2017 is already feeling fantastic : )

Over here, it’s (unfortunately) looking like the first sleepless night of the new year (ugh), but I’m super excited about this post, so I thought I would get a jump on it, anyway!

Last week, I blogged about the word I used to set up my intentions for 2016 (check it out here), and I spent some time over the last few days reflecting about my word for 2017. I feel really great about using this word as a theme, and I’m psyched to be sharing it with you here. I hope you’ll help keep me accountable! My word for 2017 is…

ABUNDANCE

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Although I couldn’t have predicted it back in January of 2016, last year ended up being about paring things down. As most of you know, once things calmed down a bit after our wedding in June, I was forced to think really hard about the parts of my life that I could strip down, dismantle, and simplify. I needed to take a super close look at the things that were most important to me, and in doing so, I had to give myself permission to let go of the stresses and expectations that were making me feel so crummy all the time (and for no good reason). Lots of reflection and worrying brought me here, to this brand new world of freelance writing and the completely different lifestyle that has come with it.

I am so grateful for last year’s focus on peace. Without it, I’m not sure I would have understood how important it was for me to make some life-shaking decisions over the past few months. But after a year of stripping down and simplifying, I’m ready to take a new approach to 2017, which brings me to: abundance.

My goal for the coming year is to approach every aspect of my life with the expectation that there are abundant opportunities open to me. I want to put in an abundance of work and (hopefully) reap abundant rewards as a result. I am ready to approach my professional life with new energy and commitment, and I don’t want there to be any limits on what I’m willing to do in order to grow my writing career. In my personal life, I want to seek abundance, too. I’ve always tended to feel like there is some sort of cap on the amount of joy allotted per person (it’s silly, I know) or on the extent to which every day can feel special or magical — and I’m going to work hard to change my perspective on that. In the three months since I’ve decided to totally switch gears, I’ve realized just how abundant the opportunities are for us to enjoy the simplest things in our daily routines. In 2017, I am going to try to squeeze every last bit of that goodness out of life. I also hope that I can grow to be more abundantly generous in my relationships this year.

I’ve never been one for excess, and while my focus on abundance isn’t really about going over the top, I do want to allow myself to work for, ask for, and enjoy MORE of all of the good things that life has to offer in the year ahead.

Last year, I wore a mantra necklace (from The Shine Project, of course) to remind me to practice peace. This year, I’ve decided to give myself a daily reminder right here on my desk — there’s no way to ignore it!

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Do you have a word in mind to inspire you in 2017? I’d love to hear it! Please share in the comments below!

(P.S. — I’m still bragging my latest byline over at Refinery29. Check it out here — this was a bucket list writing opportunity for me and I couldn’t be more excited about it!)