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2023 Word of the Year and January Goals

My 2023 Word of the Year, plus January goals (for setting monthly goals all year round). Plus, discover a tool to help you choose your word.

Click to read also: How to Choose a Word of the Year

2023 Word of the Year: Peace

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Choosing My Word of the Year

Every year, I choose a word of the year. I use my word of the year generator, but I don’t always choose the first word that comes up. This year I got peace as my first word, and it felt right. I hope, most of all, for peace in Ukraine as family friends wrote us a new year email detailing explosions near their home in Kyiv, lost lives, injuries, and the pain for young children with parents off fighting for their country.

Peace 2023 Word of the Year

Heal was my word of the year for 2022, and it suited the year even though I’m ringing in 2023 with a bad cold. I was actually exceptionally physically healthy throughout the rest of the year (apart from one torn calf muscle, which has healed!) More importantly 2022 was a chance to strengthen and build a lot of friendships and family relationships. Our time in Europe was particularly wonderful. We had more family time than we’ve enjoyed in a while, we were able to meet up with old friends, and my children gained a better understand of my years of living Europe as a child.

Do you have a word of the year for 2023? Here’s a post on how to choose a word for the year, as well as a printable word of the year activity. And here are my past words of the year, if you want a little extra inspiration.

Setting Monthly Goals

I set a few attainable every month to focus on what matters most as well as things I just want to get done.

How Did I Do With December Goals?

We really made the most of our last month in the UK, and that was a huge piece of my December Goals. We met up with friends and family, enjoyed holiday lights, and made it home with no lost luggage. Our trip to Wales with my brother was utterly magical. We didn’t make it to Cornwall as planned; hopefully we can go another time. The week we had planned to take that trip wound up having really difficult weather, anyway. We spent extra time with friends, and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with my brother.

Monthly Goals for January 2023

January is a month for settling back in at home! Here are my goals:

  • Rebuild home routines. The kids are actually working well with this goal, so far.
  • Transition the kids back to public school after a wonderful fall of homeschooling. This is my kids’ choice (they like to see their friends every day and we live in a very respected school district) but there will be losses in not homeschooling any more. There always are. It should give me more time for blogging, but I loved this time with my kids. And I love the freedom that homeschool offers to explore topics and passions, as well as travel and spend time together as a family.
  • Write a bunch of blog posts! I’m not setting a set amount, because it’s hard to know how much time this transition home will take. But I have so many things I want to write up, if I can make the time.

I’ll stop there, because it’s enough to keep me busy when I factor in all of the resettling at home that needs to happen.

What is your word for 2023? Do you have any monthly goals for January?

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

4 thoughts on “2023 Word of the Year and January Goals”

  1. That’s a small miracle you got back with no lost luggage!
    Peace seems like a great word for the year, will you be doing like last year where you have some secondary words?

  2. Welcome back home! Sorry to hear you have a cold, A is sick for almost a week now with a nasty virus and high fever. Looking forward to reading how you will all transition back to the life here and Happy New Year!

    1. It’s good to be back! Being sick is miserable, but I’m glad it hit once we were home and not while we were gone. I hope A gets better soon. Happy New Year!

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