My Word of the Year: 2018 (and also, it’s me again with a life update!)

So, where was I when we last spoke? Oh yea, I had just gotten married and started my final (LAST EVER) semester of seated coursework for my master’s degree. That sort of consumed my life, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as I am preparing for externships in real work settings with real humans! Yay!!! Now here I am, several months since you heard from me, and it feels like so much has changed!

I have settled into married life (almost 5 months already!), settled into our first home together, and ADOPTED OUR FUR BABY, LOLA. She is the light of our lives and the sweetest rescue pup you will ever meet. (Just wait till we have an actual human baby. LOL.)

Photo Credit: Anna Neale Photography

We enjoyed putting up our first Christmas tree together, celebrating with loved ones, and just spending a lot of quality time together as husband and wife.

Currently, I am a studying machine, preparing for my comprehensive exam and the praxis (on the 11th, wish me luck!). Oh, and spending too much time writing goals and filling out my oh so beautiful Simplified Planner. (Yes, I’m that person who makes 929384 new years resolutions.) Anyone else out there a planner nerd? My secret (not-so-secret) dream job would be to open a tiny stationary store with all of my favorite curated stationary products. I just love pretty paper and cute office supplies. Wouldn’t that be the coolest??

Aaaaaannyway… in the title of this post I told you that I would be sharing my new word of the year! I thought about this one a lot, and came up with the best word (for me) ever to guide my year.


Some of my favorite synonyms for steadfast include: devoted, faithful, unwavering, constant, dedicated. As I reflected on 2017, I realized how so much of my life was bogged down by a lack of discipline, motivation, consistency, etc. I pretty much had to drag myself to get things accomplished, and had an attitude of ‘meh’ surrounding so many things. NOT the way to be when life is busy and you have things you both want and need to do.

The verse I am meditating on right now is 1 Corinthians 15:58.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

In 2018, I want to be steadfast in all that I do. I want to have steadfast faith, steadfast love, steadfast labor, steadfast hope, steadfast joy. God wants us to do his work not with a begrudging heart, or half-way-because-I-don’t-want-to-also-I’m-gonna-complain-about-it, but in a devoted, dedicated, joyful way. I want to mirror the steadfastness of the Lord in my life. That’s the way I want to “labor” this year when it comes to serving and loving my husband, working with others in my job, and just doing the nitty gritty that comes with adulting.

Did you choose a word of the year? I’d love to hear about it!

I hope to be posting and sharing more this year, but you know how I am… So, until next time (whenever that is)…

2017 REAL Caitlin

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