My One Word for 2023 #OneWord2023

One Word pinecone

It’s that time of year again. My annual visit from… 

The Posts of New Year’s Past: πŸ‘» πŸ₯³ 🎊 πŸŽ‰

Ebenezer Scrooge and I both learned a thing or three and are determined to change our ways. After the visit from The Posts of New Year’s Past, I reflected a bit on the last six years and realized I haven’t done a very good job with the One Word thing. Best laid plans and all that. 

One Word for 2022 was: Embrace. I love the idea of playing an active role in accepting. The idea of leaning into the discomfort and even, if possible, welcoming it. And, honestly, I did a decent job of it. For some things. Other things are difficult to damn near impossible to embrace, if we’re truth-telling. (And we are.)

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.

Some years, I’ve struggled to find a word. Some years, it popped into my head, and I knew it was the one. Other years, I’ve enjoyed the experience of mulling over various choices. This year… Well, this year my mind was blank. Completely blank.

It happened a few days ago, before I’d even brewed my morning coffee. I was thinking about the day ahead, the week ahead, the year ahead, and I basically and completely overwhelmed myself with the crushing amount of ALL OF THE THINGS headed my way.

I told myself to breathe. And then… Well, there you have it. Or, actually, there I have it. 

My focus word for 2023:


No matter what is going on, no matter what is happening, no matter what I’m dealing with…taking a moment to breathe is always, always, helpful. It doesn’t change or fix anything, but it helps. Truly and always.

If I can focus on breathing whenever things get to be too bad, too painful, too much, I’ll make it through just fine and then some. And whenever things are going swimmingly, I’ll enjoy the moment that much more for taking time out to pause and smell the proverbial roses.  

Although you don’t technically need a definition for this one, you’re getting one (*nerd alert*):



  • take air into the lungs and then expel it, especially as a regular physiological process:
inhale Β· exhale Β· draw breath 
Inhale *smile* exhale *smile* (you got this)!
  • be alive; remain living 
Oh, to be alive, truly alive! Breathing in the pine-scented, snowy winter air! Yay! (And remain living? Um, yes, please.) 
  • (of wine) be exposed to fresh air:
Um… Wine? Hell to the yes! Breathe with me, Red. Let’s enjoy the evening together. 🍷

Whether it’s yoga, Pranayama *, box breathing, or a simple inhale/exhale, it’s all good. 

Here’s my quote of 2023: “When life gives you lemons, use them for garnish in the mulled wine after you’ve opened a bottle of red and both of you have breathed.” 🍷

Happy New Year, my friends. πŸ’– Here’s to your goals, aspirations, resolutions, or whatever floats your boat. Cheers! πŸ₯‚


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 2023.


47 thoughts on “My One Word for 2023 #OneWord2023

  1. Hey, I am always happy to read these annual posts and will be doing my intro to this year, especially because 2022 was largely unblogged lol. And we welcome all bits of sarcasm.

    Finding the right word has to be intense and I’m just pondering on last year since it was so intense. Here’s to breathing and can relate to how much it can help. And also how wine can help πŸ˜€

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    • 2022 was largely unblogged for you or for me? Or for both? Because it definitely was for me. And I’m always happy to deliver on the sarcasm. Sarcasm is my middle name. (Snarky is the other. I have two middle names. That’s not weird.)

      Looking forward to reading your into to 2023. Hope it’s been good so far. Here’s to wine and breathing! 🍷 Cheers, my friend.

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  2. Inhale. Exhale. I sometimes have to pause in the midst of what I’m doing to remind myself to breathe. It’s a good word. Life has a way of knocking the air from our lungs with one hit after another.

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  3. Breathe is a good one. And that quote is perfect – I can totally get behind it. I’ve been tossing some words around and I’m thinking mine for this year is balance. We’ll see how that goes. Just keep breathing, my friend!

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    • I know. My success is for sure inspiring to all who witness it. It’s damn impressive. You can be jealous. We’ll all understand.

      Have you come up with any four-letter One Words? Leaf? Dogs? Tree? Lime? That sort of thing?

      Thanks, Graeme. Hope 2023 is treating you well.


  4. Jealousy doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel. As for the words I’ve been coming up with… I think you know which kinds of words spring readily to my lips.
    Aside from the stinking cold, 2023 has gone okay so far. And the cold will pass – soon, I hope. We men don’t cope well with colds.
    Hope the year’s going well for you

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    • I do. I do know the words. They are springing readily to mind and lips here, too. Forget seedlings and sprouts, it’s four-letter words that are springing this spring.
      Eh. 2023 is not great so far. But I’m still breathing so I can’t complain (too much).
      Cold weather or “cold” sickness? I hope you stay warm/get better depending. I know of a few people who cope well with colds. They’re annoying. Cheers to you, my friend.

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