What’s Your Word of the Year?

Instead of a resolution, managing editor Sandi Duncan chose a word to focus on for the new year.

One New Year’s Day a few years ago, as I was taking down my Christmas tree that was losing needles faster than the clock was ticking, I heard someone talking about picking a word to focus on for the New Year rather than committing to a resolution or two.

I thought it sounded like a great idea, and all day long I started thinking about what my word would be. I also decided that this idea might be good for my two children, who were in high school at the time (and sometimes don’t buy into my crazy ideas as easily as they did when they were 5). They accepted my challenge and each of them chose a word. I told them I’d ask no questions about why they picked their word nor would I pass any judgment.

Once we chose our words, we painted them on rocks. We kept those painted rocks on my windowsill in my dining room through the whole year. Our words were “Believe, Grow,” and “Adventure.”

And it’s a tradition we continue each New Year.

What is your word for the year ahead? Or will you go the route of a resolution? Whatever you do, or don’t do, I hope that the New Year ahead will be a good one for you.

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Sandi Duncan is the Managing Editor of the Farmers' Almanac. Click here to read Sandi's full biography.

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Sally Jane



I was having a very difficult time letting my word “find” me. The words listed by others went through my head a hundred times. Then (Aha Moment) my word was there all along…SIMPLIFY! Now I need to “find” my word. God bless this year.

Susan Higgins

Excellent! Happy 2020 Denisgale!

Susan Higgins

Beautiful! We hope your 2020 is full of joy!

JoAnn Houghton



My word is Joy.
Always be full of joy Philippians 4:4

Mary Fake

LOVE : It makes the world go round !

Jim Star




Vicki Shepherd


Deb Martin


Linda Parker

My word for the year is ” Faith” because faith like a mustard seed can accomplish great things

Loreli Scott

My word is God : without Him, we accomplish nothing.

Beverly Holland



Life. One must live their life to the fullest so they may help others do the same with their life.


My word is balance.
What is my part? What is not.

Becky Jane

Love, because the greatest of these is Love.


My word for the New Year is gratitude.

Brian Wilson

Understanding, because we all need to think about and understand the situation before we react.


Hindsight- looking back can be the means of learning and bettering ourselves; we can also determine what things we’ve yet to do (tasks/goals/aspirations).

I just looked back at the comments, and noted somebody (Mary Lyon) had posted a Scripture. I’ll take that as my cue and come into agreement…

Romans 5:3-4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Experience is that which you needed before you got it !

Louis J Apa

The ROARING ’20s!!!

Audrey Larson


Ina Carl Marshburn

My word for the new year is Hope.

jefflyn Woodley

My word is Love.

Joan Amato

My word is Hope! Hope in all good people and things of this fallen world.

katherine Donnelly

My word, Acceptance. I picked this because there are thing’s, people, and places in my life and from my growing up years that at this age ( in my 50’s ) it is time to accept, and then forgive.



Laurie Prindle

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8

Penny Clippinger

My word is Joy

Kellie Metzker


Ruth Simpson






Judy Perfido

Don’t Dream it, Do It!

Mary Lyon

“Focus” is my word for 2018.
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

janie fisher


angela lloyd

Majestic ,, because between the sierra nevadas mountains In northern california concerts camping and friends ,, at my age my life is in a majestic state,,,, majestic

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