2018 Word of the Year

Fresh beginnings. While there’s nothing magical about the start of a new year, there is something that makes you feel especially reflective. And for Craig and I, we had quite a bit to reflect on.

2017 was quite the incredible journey. Coming out of a season of mourning and heartache after we lost our baby girl, we dove into 2017 with a renewed sense of adventure. We wanted to take some risks, chase a few dreams, not in spite of losing Emma Rose, but because of her. She taught us that life was was short and should be lived fully and wholly.

And so, that’s exactly what we did.

We threw caution to the wind last year. From living in Orlando to our impromptu six months in Washington, D.C. to our move up the east coast to New England — and we thrived in the unknown.

Reflecting on the previous year, Craig and I were perfectly in tune — while 2017 may have been an adventure, we’re finally ready to put down roots, to grow, to build. So, for us, 2018 will be the year of “stability.”

: the quality, state, or degree of being stable.
: the strength to stand or endure.

I know, “stability” isn’t exactly the most exciting word to choose. But for us, it’s so full of meaning. 2018 will be a year of growth, and sometimes, growth hurts a little. Our dream is a simple one — to start our family, to buy a house, to be healthy and free from debt — though I know it will take a few sacrifices to get there.

As the dictionary definition of “stability” says, it takes strength to stand firm, put down roots, and experience growth.

The past few years have brought hardships and joy, important lessons and new dreams. Most importantly, they’ve brought clarity to dreams and insight into where we’re headed. And, friends — I just can’t wait to see what this new year brings.

Alyssa Birchfield

Author: Alyssa

I’m a health + wellness coach, a total nerd when it comes to branding and strategy, and my obsession is helping women find their confidence and love themselves wholly. A Florida girl at heart living it up in New England, wife, baby loss warrior, and fur momma, my happiest days are spent in yoga pants with a coffee in hand, sharing my heart with the world.

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