My word for the year: Abundance

Anyone else feel like there’s never enough time? 

That’s my constant refrain, and this year I decided to address it head-on. 

I chose “Abundance” as my word of the year. 

Here’s the backstory… 


abundance chalkboard vignette

In recent years, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft of the Happier podcast have talked about choosing a one-word theme for the year, and hat idea has resonated with me.

Last year, I chose “Comfort” as my word, since 2019 was all about cozying up our new nest. Weirdly, “Comfort” also gave me permission to slow down and just be

It was a good word. 

So this year, I looked at my biggest pain point, and it’s scarcity. I fret about not having time to do the things I want to do; I fret about whether I’m spending my time in the best way possible; I fret about whether I’ve saved enough for retirement someday; I fret about whether I’m doing enough to take care of my health; I fret, I fret, I fret. 

And I gotta say: I’m not really thrilled about that. 

So, that brings us to Abundance. 

This year, I’m focusing on abundance in every aspect of life. 

When I feel like I’m running short on time, I think about the fact that the way I’ve spent the day is aligned with my values — and then I let go of feeling like I should’ve done 12 other things on the to-do list. 

When I feel like I should be getting more sleep, I resolve to honor my bedtime alarm and get back on track with my sleep schedule. 

Since I work best when there are action steps, I set up a spreadsheet in Google Sheets, where I record one example of abundance each day. It’s basically a gratitude journal, and I only ask myself to record one good thing for each day. It’s also keeping me mindful of looking for examples of abundance throughout the day, which helps with my shift from a scarcity to an abundance mindset. 

My friends, it’s working.

An added bonus to choosing Abundance as my word… videos

When I announced my word of the year to the Dear Man, he mentioned the Mama Celeste pizza commercial from the 70s.

Then we also watched one of my favorite: SNL Morning Latte (“abundance” at 2:40); cracks me up every time.

Anyone else choose a one-word theme for the year? I love hearing people’s choices, so please let me know if you’ve got a word for the year. 


Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

2 thoughts on “My word for the year: Abundance

  1. I love your google sheet idea! I don’t have a word for the year, but after reading about yours I am now considering how I can use that idea to record something I want to focus on each day. Thanks for the “tip”!

    • Shannon — I’m so glad this idea may be helpful! The other aspect that makes it workable for me is the daily reminder I set up in Google Calendar — to remind me to record that day’s example of abundance.

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