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The Year is Winding Down

| written by Alece Ronzino | 3 comments

Hello, friends!

The updated site for 2018 is in the works, and should be done by the end of the week thanks to the amazing team at Cross & Crown! (If you need design work done, make them your first stop. I promise they’ll be your last!)

In the meantime, we’ve still got 4 weeks left to lean into our 2017 words… I have to keep reminding myself that the point wasn’t to “arrive”. I sit here thinking about my word — unapologetic — and I’m acutely aware of all the ways I have yet to grow into it. And I have to give myself permission to not have achieved some impossible state of unapologetic nirvana by now…. Because I know it’s about the journey, the process… And that it’s one that is ongoing, intentionally begun this year but never-ending…

The perfectionist in me wants to feel like I’ve succeeded in some tangible way, and so this exercise — even 8 years in — is ridiculously challenging for me…

I am ever in-process.

Ever on-journey.

Ever growing, moving, changing, evolving, becoming.

And that is okay.

That. Is. Okay.

I have to force myself to think of all the ways I have leaned into my word. I most definitely lived more unapologetically than I ever have in my life. I stood up for myself in bold, new ways; I decreased my unnecessary use of the word “sorry”; I spoke my truth… So while I’m not ready to run a victory lap, I do see the ways I’ve allowed my word to shape me over the past year. And I know it will continue to shape me still.

Ever in-process.

Ever on-journey.

Ever becoming.

How are you feeling about your word and your journey as 2017 winds down? I’d love to hear some of your thoughts before we shift gears into the new year…

After pioneering a nonprofit in South Africa for 13 years, Alece Ronzino now lives in Nashville, TN. She’s a nonprofit communications strategist, freelance copywriter/editor, and the founder of One Word 365. More importantly, she dances in the car, talks with her hands, and makes a mean guacamole. She blogs occasionally but candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life and faith. Follow Alece on Instagram and Twitter, and visit her blog, Grit and Glory.


Marva | SunSparkleShine: It's always refreshing to visit you here, Alece. You have a way of reminding us that this process is worth it and I can't wait to read about your word for 2018 2017 has been quite the year and my One Word (new) remained constant, seeing me through new opportunities, new seasons and now a new sense of purpose. I'm excited about what 2018 will bring and what (new) word God will reveal to me for the year ahead. Let the process begin! :-) Reply

kcampbell116: My word was 'story', to remind me that God is writing mine, and that I can trust through the low points that it will all be resolved well. I leaned on the word at several points this year, and it is helping me breathe through some pretty painful stuff. I am not the patient, trusting person I hoped I would be by now, but then again, my story is not quite over yet. Reply

Debbie: #Persevere was my word for 2017. I see where God has taught me to persevere in reading His Word. I cling to Him as I weather the storms of life. He is my anchor when everything seems to be falling apart! I choose #Joy as my One Word in 2018. My scripture verse is Nehemiah 8:10(b)"Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Reply

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