Life-changing Advice That’s Easy to Follow

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Feel the possibility

Last year, I stumbled on a website called My One Word. The basic premise is that we need to kick New Year’s Resolutions to the curb and choose just one word to focus on for the year. I liked the idea, but created my own plan: focusing on one word and then defining what that would look like by identifying areas that I wanted to work on. I guess I taught one too many classes on goal setting to be able to not include at least a rough outline for action steps!

My word for 2015 has been EMERGE. You’re welcome to read my full blog post outlining my plans for the year, but I’ll share the most relevant quote:

“In this new year of 2015, I plan to step out of the current of daily busyness and emerge to be more fully the person I was created to be. It doesn’t mean that I am walking away from my life, but rather that I intend to be more present in it. I have identified five goals for 2015 to help me emerge.”

I’m amazed when I look back at that post and think of all that has emerged in my life this year. I haven’t reached every goal, but I could share success stories from each of the five areas. I am happy to report that I’ve watched a lot fewer reruns of Law and Order this year in exchange for writing time. Other than that, I’ll spare you a full report at the moment and get on with my point (but let me know if you’d like to discuss this year over a cup of coffee sometime.)  🙂

Anyway, Dana and I have claimed a word together for 2016. That word?


That begins with my belief in Jesus Christ and the fact that He has a perfect plan for my life. I don’t need to have all the answers — just to believe in the One who does and trust His plan and [Hello, Dawn!] His timing.

We also believe that The Pink Typewriter Project will make a difference. Our goal when we started was to spread positivity and light in a dark and depressing world. We are so thankful for these first two and a half months. We’re excited to have you with us on this journey and look forward to seeing you join in the conversation even more in 2016. We also look forward to welcoming new friends to the Pink Typewriter world.

We believe in the journey. Each day we are given teaches us something, and we want to be good students of those lessons.

We believe that we can learn new ways of cultivating happiness. Dana and I both struggle with self-doubt and negative self-talk. Dana had an awesome post yesterday on the ways we can retrain our brains away from having such a negative focus. We are both committed to finding ways to trade those negative impulses for happier thoughts, and we promise to share!

That’s our word for 2016. How about you? What would you like to focus on in 2016? I encourage you to take some time to think it over and find one word to define your year.

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I remember that Emerge came to me in the middle of the night one night. I rushed into the office the next day telling Dana about it; I was so excited. You’ll know when the right word finds you. I hope you’ll come back and share it with us in the comments — or let us know if you’re having trouble coming up with just the right word. We love to help!

4 thoughts on “Life-changing Advice That’s Easy to Follow

  1. Dana Thompson

    I’m loving our shared word for the year Dawn! I believe next year is going to be a great year for us both for our personal goals and for our Pink Typewriter plans. I love that you called it the “Pink Typewriter world!” because that’s why we’re here doing this project … to create a happier world. The Pink Typewriter world! 🙂 I’m diggin’ it!

    I’m being brave and decided to start my new year out with a new look so I’m going for a haircut on Saturday and asking for a shorter, new funky do. I “believe” I’ll look good in short hair, but you may see me believing in hats a lot more in January! LOL!

    1. Dawn Tolbert Post author

      I do BELIEVE you made me laugh out loud! The hair will be awesome, and hats are good, too, so either way you’re covered. 🙂

      I really like the Pink Typewriter world, too, although we may need to graduate it to a capital W. I was trying to capture the sense of community and togetherness that this blog gives me, and I BELIEVE offers to others as well.

  2. Patty Rogers

    Dawn, I love your posts!! I love your writing style and its content!!! I am going to think of my word for 2016 and I’ll share when I decide!

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