Can One Word Make A Difference?

Can One Word Make a Difference? by Angela Bickford

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe it’s 2014 already… that means my kids have been a part of my life for 2 years, and that’s amazing to me.

It also means I’ve been back at this blogging thing for almost a year. What have I accomplished since then? Well, not as much as I would have liked, but I’m learning to be okay with that. According to WordPress, I’ve accomplished a respectable amount…

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. In 2013, there were 67 new posts, not bad for the first year! The busiest day of the year was August 21st with 978 views. The most popular post that day was Every Body is Beautiful: A Lesson in Self-Image. It also received the most comments out of all posts.

Respectable, yes. Desirable, no. You see, a lot got in the way of me blogging like I wanted to. And I’m not talking about my kids or my family commitments. I’m talking about ME. My priorities. The ease with which I got sucked into Facebook and Twitter. My love of naps. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to do something drastic to change all that in 2014.

No, I don’t mean to set goals or resolutions. I’m just going to choose one word. That’s it. It’s that simple.

What can one word do? Well, for me, I hope it will bring about change through focus. I hope it will help me to be more intentional with my time. What’s my word?


JFK quote about purpose - #OneWord365 - Angela Bickford

I want to live every day with purpose. I want to read with purpose. Write with purpose. Spend my time with purpose. Make decisions with purpose. I want there to do a purpose – a real reason – for every decision I make and every thing I do.

I want to do everything I do with purpose. I want to be intentional with my time and my talent. I want to make sure that my kids come first but that I still have time to do other things I love. That means learning to say no. It means setting goals and assessing priorities. It means analyzing the PURPOSE in all I do.

It may take me a few weeks to get into a routine and put my word into action, so I ask for your patience as I navigate this new territory. I’m sure there will be a few stumbling blocks along the way, and I have a lot to get caught up on since my household has pretty much been sick the last month and a half of 2013, but I know that if I work with purpose, I’ll get there.

Purpose - #OneWord365 for 2014

What about you? Do you have a theme for 2014? What will your word be? Share it with me in the comments below and let’s make 2014 our best year yet!

True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. ~Helen Keller



  1. Love this!

  2. Man I so understand life getting in the way of blogging, Angela – this year was a study in how NOT to blog, or build my business, or do anything with consistency.

    Like you, I don’t feel the blame lies with family and other commitments – heck I should be old hat at dealing with those by now *grin* … the fault lies in me. So my word of the year is determination – because I think determination will see me through when I’m too tired to try otherwise, and determination will see me writing even when I would rather take another nap (I have Fibro and napping is a way-too-often indulgence, lol)

    Nice to “meet” you and love your fire – here’s to 2014!

    • Sorry it took me so long to reply to you here, Katrina! I replied on your site and then plum forgot about this comment! LOL. Isn’t it funny how we feel that we haven’t done enough or met our goals, when in reality, people probably look at us and think, man, she’s superwoman! I love your word – determination – it’s almost like my word of purpose, because it’s putting a reason/point to things we do, and it’s a GREAT thing! We can do it!! Here’s to 2014, and our new friendship – let’s help keep each other going!

  3. I chose purpose as well! Looking forward to seeing it make an incredible impact on my life ~ Praying it does for you as well!

    • That’s awesome! I hope it does too – for both of us. It’s working so far, although, I’m still behind on this blog. LOL. Thanks for stopping by!


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