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It’s that annual time of year! A time to forget resolutions and instead, choose 3 words for 2017!

The concept is an easy one: choose 3 words to ground your head and heart throughout the new year. They can reflect actions, emotions, thoughts or simply be fun in nature. (I have one of these in my 2017 mix). Credit goes to Chris Brogan for the concept.

My 3 words in 2016 were Bliss. Blog. Believe. I give myself an A, C and B in that order.

For 2017 (and can I get a drum roll please)…


My 3 words – COMPOSED

Black and white graphic that says Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universe. Composed is one of my 3 words for 2017.

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I consider myself pretty calm, cool and collected in my down time. However, I would like to elevate this quality in my workplace.

Let me be clear – I am not a loose cannon or a hot head! However, I’m comfortable enough in my own skin to admit I’m not the best at hiding my stress levels when they elevate. My brain simply gets going in many directions and I struggle at times to quiet it. And breath.

Composed is my BE word for 2017.


My 3 words – TRAVEL  

Two hands side by side painted like a world map with countries and water. Travel is one my 3 words for 2017.

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Simply put, I’m spending way too many weekends wholly focused on errands, cleaning, laundry and yard work.

Again, let me be clear. I know we need to do these things, right? However, I still consider myself a Florida newbie and I want to travel and create more balance.

I had established an every other year travel goal from 2004 to 2012. I alternated between travel abroad and the Outer Banks in North Carolina. So 2017 will include weekend trips to explore Floridian coasts and state parks. Also on the docket? A return to Europe. I’m blessed because I’m at a place in my life where I can easily go with Bo. And we choose go!

Travel is my DO word for 2017.


My 3 words – DUDE   

Dude of the house words written in blue and red. Dude is one my 3 words for 2017. Photo Credit:

Ready to find one; ready for love. It’s really  that simple and I plan to put my head, heart and intent on this one. Since I am declaring this for all to see – oh yeah – it’s on. It’s a bit uncomfortable to publicly proclaim but I believe in the power of openness and energyness.

Dude is my SEEK word for 2017.

I welcome your thoughts and reflections on your own 3 words or a single word. Cheers to being, doing and seeking. Add #mythreewords if you want to join a greater social conversation.




slydawgg · January 19, 2017 at 4:55 am

I appreciate this every year. For the last few years I have tasked myself to follow this path of the 3 words. I need to get on it for 2017 because I have noticed that in the previous years I have stuck to my words pretty darn well. Keep it up!!!

Theresa · January 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Wow. What great 3 words!! And I totally support all three especially the DUDE one :). You are one amazing woman and will be one amazing catch to one amazing Dude!

For 2017 my words are:

Absorb (soak up the very last of my last baby baby days! They grow up way to fast and knowing this is my last baby makes me want to cherish it so much more)

Connect (my husband and I have struggled with finding time for each other with two young kids and a move to Fayetteville which took us away from family and friends who helped watch the kids so we could have date nights! Now that we are back in Greensboro I plan to take advantage of more dates with my hubby!)

Focus ( Now that I am back in school counseling in a city that I love I want to be the BOSS of my profession :)! I want to focus more on professional growth and diving deep into my love for working with children and families.

Happy New Year everyone!!

Saundretta James · January 19, 2017 at 9:40 pm

LOVE, Love, Love are my Be, do and share words this year.

I want Love to be who I am in such a way where my entire heart is transformed by it.

I wanna it to be and action verb in my life.

I want to share it. Not withhold.

Serve os also another word. I wanna serve with my heart.

I integrity. I wanna be real with no fears.

Love. Serve. Integrity

cooldeb · January 20, 2017 at 1:17 am

Dretta, one my favorite new mantras is – Love is love is love is love. Credit Lin-Manuel Miranda. I cheers your words for 2017! And slydawgg, time to get on it! Let us know where you land!

Sil · January 20, 2017 at 1:35 am

I love your simplicity yet proud 3 words…..You got this!

    cooldeb · January 20, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Sil, I am curious to know what your three words are! Do share!

Pat seibold · January 20, 2017 at 1:51 am

I am so proud to know you and to be your friend and colleague cool Deb!!
Love your words and your honesty !

    cooldeb · January 20, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Thank you Pat. Does leave a soul a little vulnerable but I get schooled by people like you…who live with positivity and connectedness.

EdMallard · January 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

It has to be body, mind and soul (for me). Kinda funky (I know), but I have been thinking of he three words/motto since August.
Body-get your body where it needs to be. That can encompass eat more/eat less, eat right, lower that blood pressure ect…
Mind-smile and eliminate stress. Get your mind to a place where positive energy flows. “Glass 1/2 full not Glass 1/2 empty”. Stop complaining.
Soul-what ever your belief, do good and strive to be the best person you can be. Be a friend to those you just meet. Do good for those who aren’t looking and take a breath and be thankful for what you have!

Mary Michaux · January 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm


Elizabeth White · January 21, 2017 at 4:14 am

Restore, power-of-prayer, fall-in-love. Speaking of love, I love your 3 words.

Dee Taylor · January 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Travel Faith Renew

elna3 · January 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Great words Deb and I hope they all come true, especially the DUDE one 🙂
My three words are:
study -really want to get into a proper course this year – nurse prescribing is the focus!!
enjoy -stress less and enjoy more, especially the smaller things in life
patience -I really want to be more of this. I need to work with myself, and let the pressure of life not get to me.

Gaby Islas · January 22, 2017 at 1:56 am

Keep (an) Open Mind

Nikki Orner · January 25, 2017 at 2:34 am

I have been thinking of my 3 words….kind, patient and thoughtful…. This is what I want to be in life!

Lynn Wright · January 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Hey Debbie! I love your three words and I especially hope you SEEK and find your DUDE!! Keep me posted – love you!!

Dave Hobbing · January 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm

Nice! I’m a word guy too after reading a book called One Word by Jon Gordon. Action is my 2017 word. I’m gonna contribute to your first word with a gift which you will receive in the near future. Cheers

Mary M · January 31, 2017 at 12:55 am

Friends, Fitness, Faith

Nancy F · February 2, 2017 at 2:29 am

Faith, family, fortitude.

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