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My One Word for 2014 was ZEN. I chose that word simply because 2013 was one very hectic year for me and my family and I simply just wanted to de-stress.

I can’t say I was 100% successful in achieving zen the whole year. However, I did scale back in terms of work when I decided to concentrate on my writing career and drop all my social media and virtual assistant gigs. I did get to write more and although that can sometimes be stressful too, mostly writing is really a mode of release for me. So, that helped me achieve zen last year.

As a whole, despite setbacks last year, I believe I have learned to worry less and keep calm (most of the time!). So, I’m still quite happy with how the year went by in terms of living it according to my One Word.

This year, I chose my One Word based on developments in my life in 2014. I’ve grown so much last year in all aspects of my life and I’m really excited to find out where that growth will take me this year. So, for 2015, my One Word will be…




The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines THRIVE as follows:

  • to grow vigorously (flourish)
  • to gain in wealth or possessions (prosper)
  • to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances.

I think it’s the perfect word for me this year because I want to grow further as a partner, a mom and a writer. I feel as if we’ve just been surviving the past few years. It’s time to level it up a little.

I wish for my accomplishments from 2014Β to continuously allow me to help provide for my family monetarily. At the same time, I hope it will also allow us to thrive in terms of wonderful life experiences through travel and other bonding and learning activities.

We’re also expecting our family dynamics to change by mid-year when the girls go on to live with their dad and his family. But nevertheless, I hope we’ll still be able to thrive as a family despite new circumstances.

I wish to thrive as a mother especially soon when mothering my girls will mean doing so from afar most of the time. At the same time, I wish this opportunity to focus on my son will help my relationship with him flourish as well.

Of course, I wish to thrive as a partner to my hubby, too. I feel we need to reconnect more as we enter our seventh year together.

I hope to keep thriving as a writer. I’ve learned so much but I know I still have more to learn, more to give and more to write.

I have high hopes for 2015. I’ve worked so hard chasing my dreams last year so I’m claiming 2015 to be the year that I really start to live that dream.Β Β It’s going to be my year to flourish! #livingthedream

I leave you now with this really wonderful quote on thriving by Maya Angelou.




What is your One Word for 2015? Do share in the comments.


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  1. HAppy New Year Sis! push natin ang #livethedream!
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    1. Yup! Push ko talaga yan. πŸ™‚
      Janice Lim recently posted…Goodbye 2014! Hello 2015! Plus my One Word for the YearMy Profile

  2. You know, Janice, you inspire me with your attitude. You inspire with your pursuits. You inspire me with your persistence and determination. Yes, thrive this 2015. I look forward to reading more of your blogs – on motherhood, on chasing your dreams, on your marriage. πŸ™‚ Happy new year!
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    1. Thank you for such kind words, May. That means a lot coming from you. πŸ™‚ You’re one of those I actually admire too and I hope I’ll be able to get to know you more this year. πŸ™‚
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  3. happy new year to you and your family janice! i must say, you are one of those people I’m glad I met in 2014, you are so inspiring! my one word for 2015 is STRENGTH, i guess i need a lot of that to make it in a world where people seem to still think anything they do to me, even it it’s hurtful is ok…continue being an inspiration girl! πŸ™‚

    1. Awww, Nhessie. Thanks so much. It was really nice meeting you this year. Hope we’ll have more chances to hang out this 2015. πŸ™‚ I hope for more strength for you this year. Happy new year!
      Janice Lim recently posted…Goodbye 2014! Hello 2015! Plus my One Word for the YearMy Profile

  4. I wish you enough this coming 2015. I like your word “Thrive”, I also want to end my year in good a way and not just “I survive”.
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  5. I love it Janice–thrive! This post is very inspiring for me and encourages me to THRIVE as well, Happy New Year !
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  6. Love it!! πŸ™‚ You’re such an inspiring person. I am lucky to be your friend! (Yes, wala kang choice! LOL)
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  7. Good to start the new year with a dose of positivity! Thanks for sharing that wonderful quote. πŸ˜€
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  8. Thrive.. Such a powerful word.. I hope we all thrive well this year. cheers to a very good year ahead
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  9. That is such a great choice for a word, Janice. You have a great mindset. Like what you said, I’m sure there will be a lot of changes for you this year and I’m hoping all of you will thrive and flourish. Happy New Year!
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  10. Happy new year to you sis..hope you have a great new year…
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  11. same here….I also found writing to be a form of stress reliever…keep it up!
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  12. Happy new year, sis! Hope you had an awesome NYE’s party!
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  13. Glad that you were able to achieve Zen in 2014 and was able to prioritize on what you want. I’m sure you’re gonna find a way to thrive in 2015.
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  14. Great choice of word and I’m glad you are able to achieve your “Zen” in 2014. I believe everyone should try to sit back and unwind once in a while.

  15. I’m planning on the same thing for this year, to start living on my dreams. I have a feeling that this year is the start of my adventure: to travel around Asia. I already made a plan and I’m sticking with it.
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  16. Beautiful word! I wish you and your family a thriving New Year πŸ™‚
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  17. We have the same goal for this year: to chase my dreams and make the come true. Thank you for this inspiring post. It uplifted my spirit once again because for the past 2 days, I’ve been dragged down by some people and it’s not easy to just disregard so this post really means a lot. Thank you!

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