I used to engage in the practice of choosing three words for the New Year instead of making resolutions, which was popularized by Chris Brogan, a writer whose work has inspired me since I saw him at SXSW 2010 speaking about Trust Agents.

Then my friends Pace and Kyeli suggested trimming this down to choosing just one word for the year. And that felt good to me. I was getting a bit obsessive about picking three words, and one year I could only come up with two.

This year, I decided I would pick my 2019 word on New Year’s Day. When I woke up this morning, the word “grace” came to me.

I have certainly benefited from “unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification” (Webster). I consider myself fortunate to be here for another New Year’s Day. 2019 will be a big, challenging year; regeneration and sanctification are on the agenda.

The word as a name works for me, too. There are several people named Grace who inspire me. And, of course, I have a constant reminder to stop and remember my word for this year.

All my best wishes to you for 2019. Let me know how you get inspired.