My One Word for 2017: Persevere

Cynthia Herron Writing 4 Comments

Welcome back!

I’m so glad you stopped by.

As 2016 drew to a close, I relished a much-needed break from blogging and social media.

I savored time with family and friends as we celebrated the true meaning of Christmas—the birth of our Savior. I hope your holidays were joy-filled, as well.

Now that another year’s behind us, I’ve reflected on past goals mastered and met, and a few things I didn’t accomplish. I’ve set new goals for the coming year and I’ve realigned priorities.

As I mentioned in my recent newsletter, I rarely (if ever) make New Year’s resolutions, which are too easily broken, forgotten, or made in haste. I opt for “goals” instead.

Goals force us to examine our dreams and desires, usually through a step-by-step process. We might organize a plan to attain our goals and then enlist mentors to keep us focused and on track.

Last year, along with new goals—for the first time ever, I chose one word to ground me and center my thinking. That word was encourage. It fit me. It’s my life philosophy.

This year, as I contemplated my word, the choice seemed obvious. It’s a tough one—a word writers know well.

My one word for 2017 is PERSEVERE.

As some dreams withered and died, others have been resurrected. Still, this writing journey isn’t easy.

The writing life takes tenacity, focus, and flexibility.

It demands work, self-direction, and wit.

It requires courage.


Shoe-leather skin.


Good judgment.

The high road.

A sensitive heart.

An intuitive spirit.

A listening ear.



Sometimes, tears.

As one year melds into the next, defeat would seem the saner option.

However, I’m a writer.

Sanity is overrated.

And you know what they say about insanity.

However—I would add this caveat.

We persevere until we get it right.

As we learn, grow, and try new things—while testing what works and discarding what doesn’t—while envisioning success.


“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything…” (James 1:2-4 NIV)



What’s your “one word” for 2017? Here’s mine and why.


It’s no mystery. The word writers understand.


Short, sweet, and to the point. My one word for 2017.



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Did you choose “one word” for 2017?

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Comments 4

  1. Teri

    Dear Cynthia … Good Morning. Thank you for your newsletter. I so enjoyed it. I do not make resolutions, but I do set goals. Before the New Year, I love to spend time at our kitchen table, a cup of fresh brewed coffee, the glow of a candle and our Home Journal in front of me. I planned, prepared and set goals for 2017. I did not choose a word for 2017. Wishing you and yours sweet pleasures, simple blessings and a safe and healthy New Year. Hugs ♥ Teri

  2. Julia

    I love your word! I have been choosing a word for many years now. Last year it was courageous. And God taught me many things about that word and about living courageous. Thank you so much for encouraging me in 2016. May we persevere together as we run the race set before us.

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    Cynthia Herron

    Julia, my friend—hear, hear! Thank you for your sweet encouragement. Love your last year’s word. You’re one of the most courageous women I know. (Not everyone can tackle a woodchuck and bumblebees in the middle of… Let’s see… What state were we even in? Thanks for making THAT a memorable trip.) 🙂

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    Cynthia Herron

    Teri, Good Morning ~ Delighted to meet you! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments regarding my newsletter. So glad you enjoyed it…and WELCOME to my newsletter family! 🙂

    I believe I found your blog. Love your little gingerbread folks in your sidebar. And you’re a coffee fan, too? Be still, my heart.

    Many blessings to you in this coming new year ~

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