January 1, 2018

In Which We Return to the Word of the Year

For several years, I chose a word of the year. It was supposed to be a word to lead me, to help me make decisions and insprie me. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.

Big Daddy and I have had a lot of Big Serious Discussions™ lately about our direction. Our lives and our family are changing like lives and family do and we’ve noticed that we have several Areas of Opportunity™ (which is Big Daddy speak for problems and I don’t know why he doesn’t just say problems because everyone knows that an area of opportunity is just a problem with eight more letters) and I’m agreement. We will be sitting down with the girls tomorrow and outlining what Areas of Opportunity™ we’re going to be tackling and why, but that leads me back to the word of the year.

I wanted something I could refer the girls to. I wanted to refer to the idea and didn’t want to have to take three paragraphs to say “We aren’t getting McDonald’s tonight because of Areas of Opportunity™”.

I first thought of, and rejected, now. I didn’t want to increase ANY impatience around our house because we are all full of it. Yes, part of our Areas of Opportunity™ are because we don’t do stuff now, but part of our Areas of Opportunity™ relate to our inability to exhibit anything even slightly resembling patience.

Other little words (or little phrases) i rejected included
Just Do It (we aren’t Nike)
Achieve (we aren’t a motivational poster company, plus that word is plastered all over their school)
Anticipate (which is the opposite of procrastinate)
Do (which I’ve done before)

It was while I was scouring for more antonyms for procrastinate that I came upon a lovely, perfect little word.


Endeavor is defined as to try hard to achieve something or to attempt to achieve a goal. And, endeavor rings with something that feels more happy and positive and hopeful than do or try. It’s not necessarily a little word. In a lot of ways, it’s a big word, but it’s the right word.

Our Areas of Opportunity™ will turn into things we will endeavor to fix. And, like love, endeavor can be both verb and a noun. An action and a thing. A thing which requires action.

I love it.

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