2024 Word of the Year (and 100 ideas for yours)

Today I’m talking all about picking a word of the year for 2024 and sharing 100 ideas to help you pick one! This is a great alternative to New Years Resolutions or a way to organize all of your different goals. 

Picking a Word of the Year

Have you picked a “Word of the Year” before?

The practice of choosing a “Word of the Year” is that, instead of setting a lot of different New Years Resolutions, you select one single word to be your focus for the year.

You can use that word to set goals or intentions for each area of your life but have them all tie back to the single word. For example, if your word of the year was “abundance” you might have sub-goals of investing in an abundant number of friendships, or hitting an income goal, or spending more quality time with the people you love without your phone. “Discipline” could entail going to the gym, sticking to an evening routine, and no longer being late to meetings. 

By tying all of your goals back to your overarching word, it is easy to keep them front-of-mind. 

Put the word in prominent places in your life to keep it top of mind – your phone screen, on your fridge, on the front of your planner.

Breaking down my Word of the Year

The first time I picked a word of the year was back in 2017. I used the following two quotes to help guide my choice: 

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” -Unknown

My word was: Uncomfortable.

When picking my word for 2017, I wanted something that would remind me to take risks, to do things differently than I’ve been doing them. I wanted the reminder to sacrifice what I want now for what I want more. I wanted it to work for my goals in my family, in my relationships, in my personal growth, and in this blog. Here’s what I wrote:

“I wanted 2017 to be a year of discomfort.

It means more trips with the kids in tow, even if it would be easier to stay home.

It means less about me and more about others.

It means more rigorous workouts and waking up earlier.

It means more patience, more presence, and new habits.

It means more projects that challenge me.

It means getting myself off the couch, out from behind the screen, and away from excuses.

Some of the discomfort will be forced. We have some big family changes coming this year and the new + different will inevitably mean a bit of discomfort. But a lot of it will come only by choosing it, from making time for things that are not what I’ve been choosing for the last few years.”

The next year I chose the word “discipline” and listed the different areas of my life and what discipline would look like in each of them. I’ve used a handful of words over the years and now it’s time to pick a word for 2022!


Still looking for your word for 2024?

I’ve listed some of my favorites but before you pick one, take a while to think about what your goals are, who you really want to work on becoming in 2024. What are characteristics of that person? What do your goals for different aspects of your life have in common?

Maybe you’re searching for more simplicity in your business and home life?

Maybe you’re looking to be more daring in your relationships and in your work?

I love the theme a word of the year sets to your goals + direction in the new year. Once you’ve picked it, set it as your phone’s lock screen. Write it on the bathroom mirror (in dry-erase marker). Frame it for your desk or your nightstand. Keep it in the forefront of your mind and use it to set smaller monthly goals throughout the year.

 I hope one of these speaks to you!

2024 Word of the Year Ideas

  1. Abundance
  2. Adventure
  3. Align
  4. Authentic
  5. Available
  6. Aware
  7. Balance
  8. Become
  9. Better
  10. Bless
  11. Bold
  12. Breathe
  13. Bright
  14. Calm
  15. Celebrate
  16. Centered
  17. Challenge
  18. Change
  19. Commitment
  20. Compassion
  21. Confidence
  22. Connect
  23. Creativity
  24. Cultivate
  25. Daring
  26. Dedicated
  27. Delight
  28. Devotion
  29. Discipline ** (my word for 2018)
  30. Distance
  31. Dream
  32. Embrace
  33. Emerge
  34. Empower
  35. Expansion
  36. Express
  37. Faith
  38. Feast
  39. Fit
  40. Focus
  41. Forgiveness
  42. Foster
  43. Free
  44. Friendship
  45. Glow
  46. Giving
  47. Grace
  48. Gratitude
  49. Grounded
  50. Honesty
  51. Hope
  52. Humility
  53. Integrity
  54. Intentional
  55. Intuition
  56. Journey
  57. Joy
  58. Kind
  59. Learn
  60. Listen
  61. Love
  62. Magnify
  63. Meek
  64. Mindful
  65. Motion
  66. Nourish
  67. Nurture
  68. Organize
  69. Passion
  70. Peace
  71. Permission
  72. Persistance
  73. Play
  74. Polish
  75. Power
  76. Present
  77. Progress
  78. Radiant
  79. Recovery
  80. Relationships
  81. Release
  82. Reset
  83. Resolute
  84. Rise
  85. Risk
  86. Savvy
  87. Service
  88. Simplicity
  89. Slow
  90. Smile
  91. Space
  92. Sparkle
  93. Strong
  94. Teach
  95. Thrive
  96. Tranquil
  97. Whole
  98. Yes
  99. Zen
  100. Zest

Favorite Journals + Planners to use with your Word of the Year for 2021:

Have you picked a word for the year? I’d love to hear it!

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  1. Mine is “Rich.” I want to have richer experiences, deeper relationships, enrich myself, have rich evenings and weekends by myself, with Bart and with my family, and hit our financial goals both as a couple (no more student loans!) and for my blog.

  2. This!! Love it!! I’ll take the word “breathe”. Breathe when my kids are testing me, breathe when I feel overwhelmed with duties, breathe when I get back into working out!!

    1. From your list the Word Align. I want every house project to Align and be completely. I want to take one step at a time. And reorganizing my home to find the peace that surpassed all understanding to gurad mind in Christ Jesus.

  3. Love the idea of a word for the year. Your word should be my word! When I set my goals for the year I kept thinking I just want to get out more! It’s so hard with little children but this year is our year! 🙂

  4. HNY 2019. Great alternative to New Year’s Resolutions – 2019 Word of the year. My word is “Intentional”.
    I will strive to be intentional with my family, relationships, work, actions, fitness, words and faith.
    If you do all things with intention, sincerity will be expressed and you will ultimately have an impact. Don’t just go through the motions in life- Be Intentional. Read the attached list and reply with your word for 2019!! ????

    1. My word is CHANGE. I am 64 yrs young and it’s time to make changes in our life. No more working 15 hour days for pennies, time to travel, spend more time with family. Time to change how we see ourselves, where we see ourselves, and to grow!

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  6. My word this year is Upgrade.
    I am working on drinking better coffee and wine, eating better food, improving my home environment and the contents of my wardrobe. In each of these things I’m going to try to choose quality over quantity, to give myself an upgrade.
    I want to read good books and listen to good music too, an upgrade over just reading websites and not having a soundtrack. I want to do some courses to develop myself. A mental upgrade.

  7. My word is “Confidence” – and one of my friends has a kit from this company where we hammer our own word onto a disc and it can be jewelry, keychain etc. – good reminder of your word and a fun annual thing to do with friends each year! https://www.myintent.org/

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  11. This is a great list! I’m still thinking over my word for 2020, but I keep landing on “confidence.”

  12. My word is blossom. A friend “gave” it to me, reflecting how I am opening, and becoming alive and whole and full of purpose, happiness, and joy.

  13. Bespoke.

    Hearing and seeing it everywhere and has nothing to do with viruses or politics or elections. Lately, USB connectors and high end shoes. (shrugs)

    I think many of us would like to get away from mass produced look alike everything and have some uniqueness again in the world. All the new cars look alike to me. Of course my blue jeans look unique on me…..

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  16. Last year my word was “gather” and before that, I never saw it much. Then, it appeared everywhere. In store home decor, on my artwork, etc. But this year, my word is “ACTION”. I have had a paradigm shift in my life and I am passionate about helping other women find hope after childhood sexual assault and molestation, rape, incarceration, human trafficking, abandonment, all of which I have had to experience myself. There is light at the end of the tunnel but I have to do something about it now.