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My One Little Word

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. It is the New Year, 2021. I’m excited for it because 2020 was horrible to say the least. I’m sure everyone agrees, so we don’t need a recap. That’s not to say good things didn’t happen in 2020, but the negative far outweighed the positive.

But enough about that. We’re looking forward not back. So today, I’d like to talk about my one little word for 2021. I didn’t participate in the one-word trend for the last couple of years, but this year I think it’s important. My word for this year is “PERSEVERE.”

It means a lot to me. It means moving forward. It means overcoming obstacles. It means obtaining my goals. I’m so close to my writing goals. I’ve got one story complete. I’m so happy with it and I have a total sense of accomplishment.

I’m about 50000 words into my second story and I’m just as excited about this one. It’s going much faster than the first one did. I am committed to both stories and I can’t wait to see where my writing journey will lead me.

I’m also going to persevere in my other goals. Maintaining my health is another big one. I plan on continuing my weight loss goals and exercise goals. I want to be active in my old age, and in order to do that I have to maintain my weight and flexibility.

Always at the top of my list, is time with my family. My boys are growing up and they’re not so keen on hanging out with Mom anymore, but I plan on having many “Forced Family Fun” nights throughout 2021. Even if they don’t say it, they enjoy them, too.  I also feel they need to feel connected to their family especially with all this virtual learning and isolation that continues into 2021.

So, there you have it. My one little word for 2021 and some of my goals. Other words that I considered are STRIVE, APPRECIATE, and FINISH. What’s your one little word for 2021? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!


I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

31 thoughts on “My One Little Word

  1. This is a good one for me, too. I’m setting to writing again (not just my blog posts). Taking Carol’s How to Finish course. Perservere to finish my novel, even if it’s only for me to ever know:)

    1. You can do it, Katie. If it’s the one you had me take a look at many moons ago, it was awesome and intriguing. I can’t wait to read your finished product. ❤ My fingers are crossed for you and I'm cheering you on!

  2. That’s a good word, Lisa! I love the #2021wordchallenge. It’s about all I can hold in my head–one word–and pull out when I need the motivation. Here’s hoping we both see much success in writing and in life this year!

  3. I like the word persevere. For the past few years, my one word was an obvious choice. Last year I chose two—honesty and courage. I’m not sure I mastered them, so I’m conflicted whether to repeat them or start afresh. Anyway, Lisa, you’ve got this. Go forth and persevere.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Crystal. You picked a couple of tough words because they’re hard to live up to every day. Some days courage is standing true to your position, and some days it’s having the courage to get out of bed and face the day. In my opinion, that’s hard to measure. Good luck with your words and don’t be too hard on yourself. Maybe for this year your word should be grace. Give yourself some grace this year. We’re all human.

  4. Wonderful post as usual, Lisa! Love your word and your goals for 2021. My word is Breathe. After the year we’ve been through, I visualize breathing for all those who lost the ability through Covid. Plus, it helps me to relax in between my writing sessions. Wink. All the best in this new year and reality, my friend! Cheers!

  5. That’s a truly great word! I know that there is another ‘p’ word that sometimes makes me feel stuck though : procrastination, ha ha ha! So here’s to focusing more on perseverance! 😉

    1. I hear you! I can be a procrastinator, too. I think it comes when I’m just starting a project and I have so far to go to finish. LOL! Happy New Year to you! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Lisa, I have a different take on 2020. I feel it allowed us to relook at our lives and life in general. I guess people have realized the importance of our health and that of our planet. This is certainly not the first time humanity has faced this kind of challenge but the scale and response were definitely one of their kind.
    I hope 2021 turns out well for you in every way – health and personal goals, Lisa. Stay safe and healthy.

    1. You have a valid point, Arv. 2020 was the year for all of us to find our perspective. I know I have. I appreciate your words of wisdom. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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