On My #OneWord2015

By Luis H. Garay

I first heard about the #OneWord365 new year’s resolution at the beginning of 2014. Those in the #sachat Twitter community tweeted out their one words. As I did some minor digging as to the source of this one word hashtag, I came to find out it was a resolution for the new year into one word. 


Without much thought, I decided on mine for 2014: ‘Beyoncé’. It made sense at the time. I was still in the high of Beyoncéreleasing her album without a warning and the year prior (2013) it seemed many were talking about the Queen B.  As I thought about my word choice, I realized what my 2014 one word meant for me: strength, wisdom, freedom, self-awareness, and flawlessness. All of these words I attribute to Beyoncé and it was how I attempted to carry myself that year.


Now, a new year, a new #oneword365. The one for this year came pretty easily to me. My #OneWord2015 is ‘words’. I also considered ‘read’, ‘write’, and ‘communicate’ before deciding on ‘words’.


In the new year, I want to rekindle my love for words both the written and spoken. As a child, I relished and devoured books but have not done much in my college and graduate school years. I would spend days and weeks travelling to the vast prairie with Laura Ingalls Wilder, solve a mystery with the Boxcar Children, learn new wizarding spells in Hogwarts, and, recently, be in the ring alongside Katniss Everdeen. The power of words to create worlds is not lost on me. In the new year, I resolve to read 1 book every 2 weeks (or, 2 books a month). As much as I relished the words of others, I found comfort in my own words. My stints in writing poetry and short stories were short lived but there was still something about writing I particularly enjoyed. I resolve to write for my own pleasure either via a personal blog or via contributing to writing communities (such as the wonderful SAFirstYears writing community!). I recently started picking up journaling more seriously towards the end of 2014. For an introspective person and a cerebral person like myself, there is something therapeutic about journaling. I find it relaxes me. I resolve to journal daily in 2015.

The spoken word part of my resolution comes from being a better communicator. In recent years I have come to understand how much I really have to work on communicating myself better, especially when needing help on something or when something is troubling. I want to communicate better at work when I need help with something. I want to communicate better with my family and friends and let them know how much they mean to me. 


As I was deciding if ‘words’ was truly my one word for 2015, I was sitting in my parent’s living room and watching the last Harry Potter film in the series. Dumbledore in one scene says the following, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” The quote solidified my choice and perfectly encapsulates my feelings on the power of words


Do you have a #OneWord2015? What is one of your resolutions in the new year? Share below or tweet me at @LuisHGarayAs always, thanks for reading!

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