Word of 2021: Grow


I think we can all agree that 2020 was a tough year! Now as we enter 2021, I'm sure many of us are setting goals for ourselves. And I am no different. Each year I like to pick a word to focus my goals around. This year my word is:


I want to grow healthier, grow spiritually, grow closer to my family, and grow professionally. 

I chose the word grow because it's more than just literal growth. In fact, I'm pretty sure my literal growth stopped quite a while ago. Grow can mean learning from experiences, gaining new knowledge or talents, challenging ourselves in various ways. There are a lot of possibilities to grow. Especially after a year that was difficult and at times felt stagnant.

As we got into December of 2020, I started thinking of what I wanted my word for 2021 to be. Honestly, I can't even remember what I chose for 2020 (sad author confession, I know). The word grow came almost immediately. Honestly, I think a lot of that is because growth is so essential to our journey as people. I like this quote from Benjamin Franklin which says:

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."

So this year, I plan on seeing where I can grow. There will be challenges, certainly. Growth is not an easy process. There will likely be set backs and disappointment. But, just like a tree becomes stronger with every storm it weathers, we become stronger as we grow from the storms we face.

I hope this year you'll join me on this journey. And may this year bring you peace, joy, and good growth.


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