At the end of 2015, I stumbled across One Little Word® by Ali Edwards and the idea of focusing on one single word for an entire year intrigued me. Although I get excited about planning and goal setting at the end of every year, I have had a difficult time referring back to my goals and following through. So for 2016, I decided to give it a try and focus on one single word/theme rather than a list of goals.

Reflecting on 2016

My word of the year for 2016 was planted. It was our first year living in one state with no intention of moving in the near future, so the word came quite naturally.

word of the year 2016
My 2 main focuses around the word were:
1) Get involved at a local church
2) Connect with local wedding professionals and creatives


My husband and I are so thankful to have found Eastpoint Christian Church. We love the hearts of our church, our core values, mission, and vision to reach the Greater Portland community.


Business wise, I really wanted to meet and connect with like-minded creatives that are local to Maine. I am so happy to have discovered Maine Wedding Network last January and attended all 3 meet ups (aka Fireside Chats), during which I met so many passionate wedding vendors. In June, I was invited to work on a styled shoot at a beautiful farm with a full team of talented wedding creatives.
Although there were challenges, disappointments, and failures, 2016 was truly a great year. Being encouraged and supported by other Christians and like-minded creatives has really helped me feel planted. After 6 years of moving around the US, I can finally call this place home.

My 2017 word of the year is relationship. 

Yes, “relationship” seems to be an obvious next phase to being “planted”, but it surely wasn’t the first word that came to mind when I started thinking about my word of the year. You see, I have a tendency jump the gun and start planning for the new year before reflecting on the past. Now that I’ve decided on relationship, I can’t even remember what other words I thought of.


I generally like to break my life down into 6 categories (Faith, Self, Marriage, Family/friends, Community, Business) and I love that the word “relationship” can be applied to each. Instead of writing down a list of goals for the entirety of 2017, I decided to make a mind map with specific ideas and actions I can take to improve my relationships.


word of the year 2017 mind map

Have you picked a word of the year for 2017? What did/will you do to help yourself focus on your word (or theme) for 2017?

Posted on January 2, 2017

I started building this e-commerce site back in June thinking I’ll get it ready to launch by my 2nd shopiversary on July 22, which obviously didn’t happen. My summer was filled with wedding orders and I ran into a bunch of issues building the site. Some time last month, I had started to feel really discouraged and that I was in over my head with this project. Instead of giving up, I pushed through. I did more research, joined WordPress help and support groups on Facebook, and asked friends for help.


Now 5 months later, I’m so excited to say that is finally live! It’s been a long and hard journey but this week, I’m reminded that “you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Are you working on any challenging projects? Don’t be discouraged when you feel like you’ve hit a wall. Push through and you’ll get there. I hand lettered the quote “You can do anything you set your mind to” by Benjamin Franklin and created an 8×10 print just for you.



  1. Fill out the form below
  2. Right click on the image and save to your computer
  3. Print & hang

Posted on October 29, 2016