Phrase of My Year

What’s up, sugar-snap!

Maybe you’re supposed to choose your word or phrase of the year before the year starts, or at the least in January. Some say to plan your year, or decide on  your goals early on. There’s a bunch of awesome advice on the change of the year and how to make the most out of the new year.

But here at Wild Red, we don’t do things just because we’re supposed to do them that way.  We do them because they feel right to us, they’re good for us, others, and the world, or just because they’re fun. Yeah, sometimes we do things because we’re supposed to that may not really excite us – like eating vegetables and paying bills – but we know they’re right for us and they’re good. (or maybe we don’t but then deal with the consequences)


I have read a lot on making awesome goals/resolutions/plans for the new year. A lot of similar advice on goal making – make them attainable & measurable; only choose 2-5 goals; work at them one at a time; ect… One that’s been popular for some time is a Word of the Year – choose a word or a phrase and instead of setting resolutions, try to honor that word or phrase in all you do. Seems cool right?  Well, just like 90% of Americans, I rarely stick to my resolutions, and I haven’t stuck through with my Word of the Year.

This year, I did not create NEW goals for myself. Why add new goals when you haven’t accomplished the old goals?  I refocused, reorganized, and set myself up for better results. Now, it’s only April guys, so we will see,  but I have multiple accountability partners (so important), and this is kind of my year of being “fed-up”.

Which brings me to the phrase I decided was my 2018 phrase (it’s not Fed-Up, although it could be).

This year’s phrase came to me in a song. I heard this song on the radio and was struck with inspiration.  I liked the song instantly, and from it I developed an idea – the first time hearing the song.  I kept hearing the song and loving it each time. I sought it out to hear it more often. Then, after a few weeks, I got it.  THIS is what my year is all about.

It wasn’t deciding – in advance – what my year should be like, it was living and being open, and then allowing my year to guide me (sorry if that’s too hippie-ish for ya).

I guess you’re like, “Okay… are you going to tell us the phrase?!” or – if it were me that’s what I would be thinking. So yes, I will. The song is by Imagine Dragons, a band I’ve liked, but recently have been getting much more into. The song is Whatever It Takes.

This may be ridiculously unoriginal, but honestly I do not give a shit. It’s what meant something to me in a time when I really need it to, and I hope it does the same for others.

Whatever It Takes

Soda is making me feel miserable, in various ways – Okay dump it out and you’re done.

Whatever It Takes

Had a migraine every day for months – Give up caffeine.

Whatever It Takes

Need to get a handle on finances – Lock down on extra spending. Track everything.

Whatever It Takes

Tired, so tired of how I feel in my body – Eat veggies. Yoga. Run.

Whatever It Takes

I’d like to say that my advice to you is let go of goals and just live, but that’s not really my advice (unless that’s what is what you need right now). My advice is to do what feels right to you, but also what will work for you.  And to keep trying.

Not sure what will work for you? Try new things! 🙂 – Seriously, you won’t know unless you do.

And if you’ve done something and it hasn’t worked, STOP DOING THAT THING! (this is so important)

Do you try to focus on one goal and get bored? Work on a few at the same time.

Do you plan like crazy in January, but by March forget all about it? Get a large poster or calendar and put where you’ll see it daily.

Do you join a gym, but really you hate being around people you don’t know and it’s inconvenient to get to? Find home exercises or videos you can do.


This is something that has taken me a long time to accept. I was convinced “if only I focused more, if only I changed how I was…”  I kept doing the same thing, and saying the same thing, and you know what changed? NOTHING.

Until finally, I got so fed-up with myself! With all of it. It might sound negative and judgemental, but it didn’t feel that way. It was more like, “This is not working. You will not magically change into the person you want to be. You need to put the effort into it.” It was as if Reality smacked me in the face.

I knew I had to do whatever it takes to change.


Have you figured it out? What’s your word or phrase for 2018? Are you a goal/resolution setter? What works and doesn’t work for you? We could all use advice!  Let me know in the comments below.

Stay Wild,






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