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When I wrote the title of this post, I thought when everyone reads it they will say to themselves, "One word for 2021 is BETTER!" Well, yes, let's hope. Fingers crossed. But this is my annual New Year's post about how I have given up a bunch of S.M.A.R.T. goals and resolutions; and since 2016, I have been choosing one word for the theme of my year: Organization, Peace, Calm, Grow, Create, and now...


Yes, my word for 2021 is FINISH. Since last year's word was create, it makes logical sense that this year's word is finish--"How about finishing some of that stuff you created in 2020, Margo?" (That's what my brain said to me on January 1, 2021 this year.) I have so many things to finish, and I'm not even about to list them all here, and I probably won't finish every single one of them. But what I really want to show you is that you can take the one word theme and work it into several areas of your life--not just the obvious one. But let's start with the obvious one:

Finish Manuscripts

Yes, I need to finish manuscripts or at the very least, look at my drafts and see if they are worthy of finishing. 

Finish Online Course

I am enrolled in an online course (self-paced) since last summer, and I am not even 50% through it. I want to finish it. 

Finish Bad Habits

Now you see, I'm thinking outside of the box here. I know it may be hard to believe that I have a few bad habits, but I do. These come in the form of eating too much candy during the day, drinking too much coffee in the morning, wasting time on Facebook, not balancing my life, and so on.

Finish Planning a Trip

My daughter and I want to go on a trip. Now I probably won't start planning it until life is somewhat back to normal with the vaccine, but we will be going to upper state New York to visit my best friend and hopefully Harry Potter world.

Finish Trying to Control Things I Can't Control

Pandemic, anyone? 

As you can see, I have a lot of things I want to finish. And if I start something this year, I want to finish it. I have some big plans for my publishing company and my own writing, plus my family and fun! 

The last two years, I've also gotten my daughter involved in Word of the Year--she's 10. So last year, her word was organized, and this year it is EXPAND. In her mind, she wants to EXPAND her YouTube channel and get more followers, but I can also see all sorts of ways she can expand. Of course she is also at that age where she doesn't want Mom to tell her how she can use her word of the year to make her life better. 

So, do you have a word of the year? If not, how do you manage your New Year's goals? Share with us in the comments.


Margo L. Dill is a mom, writer, publisher, editor, writing teacher and coach, living in St. Louis, MO with her 10-year-old daughter and almost 2-year-old dog. Join her writing classes in the WOW! classroom by going here. 

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