My One Word for 2022 #OneWord2022

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Over the holidays, I got a visit from… 

The Posts of New Year’s Past: 👻 🥳 🎊 🎉


One Word for 2021 was: Allow. This one was awesome. It worked SO well. I allowed ALL OF THE THINGS. I didn’t struggle, fight, flail, or falter. (My sarcasm didn’t translate well here. So, the only thing I allowed was badly-written sarcasm.) 

One Word for 2020 was: Focus. Focus on one thing at a time to avoid overwhelm? Fab plan, lady. Alas…

One Word for 2019 was: Move. Getting unstuck was sort of the idea. I’m still stuck but heartily sorry for it and flailing for a helping hand out of the pit.

One Word for 2018 was: Self. It was a good choice. It worked. A little. Some of the time. Not as often as I’d hoped.

One Word for 2017 was Accept. I did not accept anything. I sort of UN-accepted pretty much everything. I faltered. Failed. Moved on.

Like Scrooge, I have learned from these visits and mean to change my ways. I struggled with a word for this year but, once it popped into my head, I knew it was the one. I thought about it a few more days but, still, it stayed with me. It felt right. 

There are going to be a lot of changes and uncomfortable things happening this year. And here’s what I’m doing: I’m leaning into the discomfort in a big way. Embracing it. 


My focus word for 2022:


It’s a bit like the “accept” and “allow” but giving myself more of an active role. 

Instead of just breathing (breathing is good, don’t get me wrong) and going with the flow (flowing is also good), I’m creating a situation where I must act in order to allow and accept.


As always, a definition (*nerd alert*):



  • hold…closely in one’s arms, especially as a sign of affection
hug · take in one’s arms · hold · enfold · encircle · enclose
Challenges? Hardships? Change? I’ve got a hug for you here!
  • accept or support willingly and enthusiastically
welcome · accept · receive enthusiastically/wholeheartedly · take to one’s heart · welcome/receive with open arms · support 
Upset? Uncertainty? Welcome! Have a cup of cocoa.
  • an act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically.
welcome · welcoming · favorable reception · embracing · approval · adoption · integration
Hey there, change. What’s up, uncertainty? Welcome to my humble life. Let’s have a glass of wine. 🍷

When these things I cannot control come along, I won’t fight them. It’s exhausting and doesn’t make them go away. I’m not doing a great job passively accepting or allowing them. So, I will take them in my metaphorical arms and embrace them.

It’s tough to welcome uncomfortable feelings and difficult situations but I’m hoping a more active role will help me with the whole accepting and allowing thing. I am choosing to DO something. You hear it a lot: “Embrace uncertainty.” “Embrace chaos.” “Embrace change.” And it sounds good in theory…let’s see if I can put that into practice. 

Here’s my quote of 2022: “If you can’t control it, invite it in for a cuppa.” 


Happy New Year, my friends. 💖 Here’s to your goals, aspirations, resolutions, or whatever floats your boat. Cheers! 🥂


Have you ever taken part in the One Word Challenge?

If you haven’t, why not try it? Or think on it a moment and leave one in the comments. What could your focus be this year? I’d love to hear what your One Word is for 2022.

60 thoughts on “My One Word for 2022 #OneWord2022

    • Ah, yes, adversity and I are old friends. I really did try to go with the flow, but it goes against my nature, too. It seems I’ve set up a daunting task for myself and I don’t really know what I’m doing. It’s remarkable you embrace the change and adversity. How do you do it? Thank you and happy new year! 🥳🎉

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      • Hi Sarah, I must be honest, I think it is a personality thing. I am naturally an optimist and, due to my difficult childhood form a financial perspective, I don’t expect much. Both my children suffer from chronic illnesses and neither can be cured 100%, but having sat in hospitals for what amounts to months, I know it could be much worse. I have looked for things like writing and baking that make me happy and I have thrown myself into this community. It is one of the things that brings me balance and happiness.

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      • You’re right, it could be a personality thing. Well, since it went against my grain to just sit back and allow things, I hope this active embracing will work. I understand (and can relate to) the waiting in hospitals and knowing things could be much worse. It’s lovely you’ve found writing and your legendary baking to balance out the negativity and bring yourself some happiness. Much more happiness to you this coming year, Robbie. 💖

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  1. “Embrace” is a great word! My word last year was “brain” as in doing things for a healthy brain. (My dad died of Alzheimer’s, so brain health is important to me.) It helped me get better sleep and eat more nutritious foods. This year my word is “love,” an oldie but goody.:-)

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    • What a great word and a lovely way to honor your dad. Brain health is crucial. We need to honor our bodies and take care of them. Sounds like you did a fantastic job of that last year. (And I love your One Word for this year, too. Perfect. We could all use more love. Actually, I think that’s going to be a second focus word for me. I’ve never done that, but I’m going to keep that one close as a reminder. Thanks, Priscilla.) Happy New Year! 🥳🎉💖

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  2. I think I’m a lot like you. I struggle with change. (That’s quite an understatement.) I’m also sarcastic. (How sad that it doesn’t translate well in blog posts.)

    I love your word for this year. I wish you much success with it. (And if you learn any secrets on how to embrace the difficult, please share!)

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    • Ha! The description here of my struggle with change is also an understatement. Extreme understatement. And, yes, it is sad that sarcasm doesn’t translate well in blog posts. I can write it but always get a few people who don’t get it and I wind up backpedaling and explaining myself and it’s just awesome.

      If I manage this embracing thing, I will for sure share. Thank you, Staci. Happy New Year! 🥳🎉

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  3. A wonderful post, Sarah, and I congratulate you on your word choice, as well as your plan to become active in your pursuit of it. It’s always better to feel that you are doing something rather than sitting there letting it be done to you. One approach indicates you are empowered while the other pretty much renders you a helpless victim, right?

    Me, I’m doing good just to ACCEPT that there are things I have no control over. I’m not sure how well I’d do at embracing them, but I’m going to be very interested in seeing how you do with it. Go forth, my friend, and show us how it’s done, before we all go crazy trying our various ways to deal with all that’s happening in the world right now. I’m counting on you to be my guide! (No pressure, or anything. 😂 )

    Happy embracing. Embracement? I shall be watching closely, and I’ll even start with a sample embrace for YOU: HUGS!!! 🤗

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    • Ah, yes! “It’s always better to feel that you are doing something rather than sitting there letting it be done to you.” That’s it. I felt like allowing things to unfold and accepting things as they were would be peaceful and calming but, shit, it had me raging against ALL OF THE THINGS. Figured I’d try this on for size. 😉

      I’m not sure how I’ll do with embracing failure, change, and chaos but I’m very interested to see how I do with it, too. 😂 “Accept” really is a great word. Although I failed miserably at it, I believe it’s a fantastic focus. Because, yeah, there are things we can’t control and we have to accept that. I’m a terrible guide, tbh. I never pack snacks, a map, a flashlight, or extra batteries for the flashlight I didn’t pack. You’re in for it.

      Thanks for the sample embrace! You’ve empowered me! (((hugs))) Happy New Year, Marcia. 🥳🎉


  4. Wooohoooo! I’ve empowered someone! FINALLY!! (Nobody pays much attention to me around here, you know.) 😄

    And we may be akin to the Three Stooges Minus One as we set off on our adventure, but between us, we’ll muddle through. Just point the way, and I’ll follow, flashlight or no flashlight. (Don’t worry. I’ll bring the snacks!) And then we’ll grope down the path of embracement together. Wait. That sounds really weird, doesn’t it??? Oh, well. You get my drift.

    Happy New Year to you too, Sarah! And here’s hoping for one that turns out to be much easier and healthier than the last one. (Or two. 2020 wasn’t so hot, either.) Sending you best wishes for a 2022 filled with love, joy, peace, and good health!! 🤗💖🤗

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  5. Sounds wonderful! Cuz it let’s you hold on to the one thing you have control over: yourself!
    And what you can embrace will dance with you a little, and the pass through and away. Leaves you with a clearer view. You go, Girl!

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  6. I hope you embrace your accomplishments! You did a ton of work last year (cover replacements and new anthologies?) and handled a lot of stress in your personal life. This year might not be any easier, but here’s to hoping it is!

    I suppose my one word is finish. All too often, I start something and set it aside. Hopefully that won’t be the case this year.

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    • You know, I’m thinking of all the challenges and changes headed my way in 2022. I didn’t take much (any) time to think of what I accomplished last year. I did rebrand and created two anthologies. It was no small feat. Thank you. I will embrace those accomplishments. I’m such a negative person. Gah. Maybe my One Words(s) should have been “focus on the positive stuff”.

      You, also, accomplished a lot personally and creatively. You kicked ass at creating artwork for all those covers, for starters. If you want an accountability partner, I’m here. If it will be helpful and not annoying, I’ll do it. Happy New Year. 🥳🎉 Here’s to a healthy, happy one!


  7. I’ve done the one word in the past, but never really carried it through the year. If I had a word last year, it would have been ‘survive.’ This year I have a phrase – Be Still. My brain needs to settle down.

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    • “Survive” is a good one, no doubt about that. I may borrow that halfway through 2022. “Still” is fantastic. I totally relate. My brain is like a bloody whirlwind that needs to settle like bits in a snowglobe. Happy New Year, lovely. 🥳🎉💖

      (I can’t believe I missed “regrets” for IWSG this month. Damn. What a topic to miss. I must say I’ve been looking forward to reading your post on the subject ever since I saw the topic.)


    • IWSG is fab for many reasons and that’s one of them–discovering things like this. Isn’t One Word cool? I love the concept. Have you chosen one? Apologies for the late reply. Apparently, I’ve needed this particular word for 2022. 😉 Thanks, Shannon!


  8. I’m not a one word sort of guy but…
    This year I managed to acquire an atrial fibrillation (a real bargain and no sign of any COVID shortages) which means apparently my heart has become that of a Victorian heroine, all of a flutter but ‘flutter’ doesn’t really do it. I did buy a Fitbit to check my pulse (she’s fine but thinking of moving to somewhere warmer) and am now utterly enslaved by the step counter so maybe it should be ‘steps’. That allows some forward and backwards motion, some uphill and down but mostly it’s about progress as in ‘I’m taking steps…’ I do wonder if just taking steps is morally defensible though. I mean, shouldn’t one pay for them? Anyhoo, that’s as far as I’ve got. Steps.

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    • I am very happy to hear you’re well, other than that pesky little Victorian heroine. Ooh… FitBit. Steps are great. Challenges for steps are great. Walking is great. (I got a FitBit a few years ago saying it would be interesting to know how many steps I get in an average day but I “won’t really use it” and now I, too, am enslaved to the damn thing. But I do enjoy it so won’t complain.) I know you love walks as much as I (though you have MUCH better scenery). Is that where that cool dog-shaped-walking-map-thingy you posted on Instagram came from? Is that a FitBit thing?

      Whether you’re taking steps literally or figuratively or both, I think it’s a grand One Word. Cheers, my friend. Stay well and keep stepping. 🐾


  9. I’ve been waiting to see what your word was for this year. ” When these things I cannot control come along, I won’t fight them. It’s exhausting and doesn’t make them go away.” Exactly, and well said. I have a family member I’ve tried and failed to get them to understand this. Great choice, my friend! And I’ll be dropping by for a cup of cocoa.

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    • Aww, so cool to know you were waiting for my word. (And waiting for my reply? Apologies. Hell of a month. But I’m embracing it.) 😉 Thanks, Teri. Do you have a word this year? Cup of cocoa awaits you (and a huge glass of red wine). Cheers, my friend!

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  10. Perfect word Sarah. I loved your review of your yearly words, it’s like a growth diary. I’m so with you on the word ’embrace’. That’s been a difficult word for me to master too. Cheers to us! Happy, better New Year! ❤

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  11. An active embracing of life with all its flavors is worth a try, Sarah. If I were to pick a word it would probably be a little more aggressive… like “grab!” (With the exclamation point). At my age, I’m becoming keenly aware of time running out, and I want to grab every opportunity and hang on tight. 😀

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    • “Worth a try…” Yup, that’s it. I’ve got to try something. And, as it turns out, I’ve needed this word numerous times already this year. (Is it still only January?! Gah!)
      Grab those opportunities (with an exclamation point)! Or three!!! Fantastic, forceful, active word, lady. Good to see you and hope you’re well. 💖 I’ve seen lots of TBR prompts from your blog so I’ll be over soon. I have a great deal of catching up to do online. Cheers!

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    • I am not. I don’t know how good or bad you are at this, but I can say I am not better at embracing change and adversity than you. And if you use your age, I’ll use mine. 😉 So far, the showers have most definitely not been blessings, but I’ll hold out hope. Thanks, my friend. Hope you’re well. Cheers!

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      • All is as well as it can be. I can ask for no more. Hope your showers have stopped and don’t put in an appearance again until they are blessings. As for age, I’m willing to bet I’ll beat you on that score!

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      • Is this an old-age contest? If you’re older than I, you wear it better. 😉 Thanks for the well-wishes of better showers and now that’s a thing I just typed to you. I feel we’re getting off topic here. I hope things go from as-well-as-they-can_be to pretty-damn-good.

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      • Perhaps we’re both just using old photos on our profiles… Sadly, I am now a granddad (twice over), and that ages you by default. Still (in a desperate attempt to get back on topic), I should embrace it! And now we can move on from showers…

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      • 🚿 <- Moving on… (Eek. I should update my photo! Another thing I'm procrastinating on. *breathe* I embrace my procrastination.) Being a granddad is awesome. All of the fun, none of the (major) responsibility.

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    • Thanks, Irene. I’ve missed your voice, too. 💖 I hope you’re well and life is smooth. (Absolutely love the word “grow” in all ways–mental, emotional, spiritual…yeah, maybe not physical.) Cheers, my friend. Stay beautiful.

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    • Exactly! The past few years, I’ve tried to roll with it, take things as the come, accept, deal… Next step…embrace! So far, it’s really helped deal with a not-so-pleasant start of the year. Hope you’re doing well. Thanks, Barbara. 💖

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