LIFE | The 2017 Word of the Year is EDIT

February 10, 2017

Edit Your Life in 2017

What is going on with 2017?

I’ve found it difficult to be inspired this year, and if my social media feeds are any indication, we’re all feeling some type of way.

It feels like we’re living in perilous times. We’re angry, angst-ridden, emotionally drained. Frankly, we’re all just really fearful: of each other, of the future.

I thought 2017 would be my “fresh start.” I believe 2015 was one of the best years of my life, creatively speaking. And then all that came to a halt in 2016–I was dealing with a not-so-fun pregnancy, and then once I had Maya, I had to focus all my energy into learning how to be a mom. Once I went back to work, I literally had no time for anything that wasn’t raising a baby or collecting a paycheck. I figured 2017 would be my time to get back to creating, to growing this space, and to building my brand, but as you’ve probably noticed, things have been pretty quiet over here.

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The truth is, it’s been hard to stay sane in 2017. Hard to stay positive. Hard to get out of survival mode. And that’s made it hard to be creative, hard to be myself. But I refuse to waste the rest of this precious year dwelling on negativity. Yes, it seems negativity is all around us (it’s pretty hard to ignore), but believe it or not…there’s still beauty in the world.

This year, I want to be very intentional about making space in my life for beauty. My goal is to edit my life down to only those things that bring my life beauty and joy, and actively get rid of the rest. My time, energy and mental space are all limited and valuable, and with all the angst and fear and uncertainty I deal with on a daily basis (from being Black, female and conscious), I owe it to myself to keep joy and beauty at the forefront of my life whenever I can.

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In 2017, I want to edit my life down to its most beautiful parts. I want to let go of the extra stuff that’s taking up space and focus on the things that matter most. This includes things, habits, even people–if it doesn’t add beauty to my life, I’m editing it out. This year is one of laser focus. Life is short, money is fluid, and this world can change at any time. I’m realizing that the only things that matter are those that stand the tests of time and trend, things that are “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable…things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Let’s promise ourselves that in 2017, we won’t focus on negativity. We won’t allow the wrong people to drain us of our creative energy. We’ll stop wasting money on things that don’t matter, wasting time on bad habits or working on projects that we don’t believe in. Let’s edit those things out of our lives and focus on making 2017 our most beautiful year ever, in spite of all that’s going on around us.


What edits do you need to make in your life this year?

What’s your personal word for 2017?

Share below, and let’s remind each other what we’re working towards!

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  • Thanks for giving us an update! Would love to read a post about your “not-so-fun pregnancy.” I don’t think that kind of perspective is shared too often.

    • You’re welcome! And sure, I could definitely go into more detail about my pregnancy. I’ll start writing it now and share in a few weeks!

  • I haven’t picked a word but I’m definitely cutting things out as well. Getting rid of responsibilities and items that don’t benefit me anymore.

    • I like it. Reminds me of that quote that’s going around: If it’s not ‘hell yes,’ then it’s ‘no.’

  • This hit the spot. It reminds me of my word of the year, focus. As I focus on the things that are most important; I find myself editing out everything else. Nice read.