Jan 8, 2018 · 2 minute read

By: Colleen Valles

You know how people have started choosing their word for the year?

I don’t know how this trend started, but essentially, you choose a word that you want to represent the theme of your life for the coming year. It could be something like “Release” or “Family” or “Learning.”

Then the idea is that you live with that as your guidepost for the year. The word can help you figure out which path to take. For example, if you’re trying to decide what to do this weekend, take a look at your word, and determine if your proposed plans fit with the theme. Want to know whether you should buy that extra TV? Well, if your word is “Entertainment,” then it seems like that would be a good investment in line with your priority for the year. If your word is “Frugal,” then maybe not so much.

It’s a cool idea, and I haven’t done it before, but this year, one word has been peeking in at periphery. I keep coming across it, and I think it’s the universe telling me that this is the word that needs to guide my life right now.

The word is “Generosity.”

It’s weird, but it seems to be underlying everything I come across: conversations with friends, at church, in books I’m reading and courses I’m taking.

So I just said “enough already! I get the hint!”

Generosity it is.

What does this mean?

Well, it means that this year, I’m going to be focused on giving as much as I can. That includes giving of my time, money when possible (we’re facing a possible paycut at work, so I’ll do the best I can), my skills, my friendship … anything I can think of. I won’t hold back.

I keep hearing that the more you give, the more you get, but that’s not why I’m doing this. I’m doing this because I want to show people how much I love them, and that’s not just people I know, but everyone. I want to greet the world with love, and I think being more generous is the way to do it.

I think Generosity has been revealing itself to me because people in my life are SO GENEROUS with me, and I don’t think I have properly returned the sentiment. Yes, I’m extremely grateful for all that people give me: making me dinner, helping me with the kids, giving advice and so much more. But I think there’s more I can do in return that will help make me a better mother, partner, daughter, sister and friend.

I’m telling you all this because I want to serve you better too. How can my generosity extend to you? How can I help you slow down, simplify and live a life aligned with your values? I’d love to connect with you to hear more about what’s guiding you this year and how I can be of service to you. Shoot me an e-mail at or leave a comment below!

Happy New Year!


Image: Elaine Casap on Unsplash
Colleen Valles
I'm Colleen, a writer, mother, knitter, pet mama and tiny house enthusiast who truly believes that everybody should slow down and simplify to make room for the things that are most important in their lives. I'm on a journey to do just that, to be able to spend more time with family and friends, riding my bike and working in the garden. Sign up to get awesome content right in your inbox, or follow me on social media.