It was the unusual rainy day of January 1st, New Year’s Day, the warm coffee Mike and I ordered at Starbucks and the milk tea drinks that Kayla and Arielle were enjoying that pulled us all together to think of our one-word for 2015.  I’ve been thinking of mine since the last week of December 2014, but the words that came to mind didn’t feel “the one”.  I thought of SHARPEN. HONE.  FAMILY. EMBRACE.  Each had a special ring to it but they didn’t totally capture what I was feeling in my heart.

After we had all sat down around our table, I threw the question again, “So, what’s your one-word?”  Then, just like that, one by one, they said it.

Arielle:  Since it’s going to be my gap year, my one-word is ADVENTURE!

Kayla:  Sports and Art…SPARTS!

Mike:  Opportunities

I said to myself that maybe, my one-word should be EMBRACE.  To embrace Mike’s opportunities, Kayla’s interest in sparts, and Arielle’s adventure in her gap year.  But a better and more apt word came to mind.  It’s OPEN!  That’s it!  This 2015, I will be OPEN to opportunities that will come our way in terms of business ideas and means of living.  I will be OPEN to Kayla’s rekindling interest in sports, particularly golf, and her developing skills in art.  I will be OPEN to Arielle’s adventures while she’s on her gap year…her new discoveries and new experiences to prepare her for college!  Lastly, I will be OPEN to new connections that I will be making as I go through my 2015 journey.

Since 2013, thinking of my one-word every start of the new year has been a yearly tradition for me and it’s been a powerful motivator.  It has helped me to stay focused when I get distracted or discouraged. 2013 was GROW, and 2014 was FAITH.  Last year, I also declared my INTENTION which was another great inspiration to have side by side with my one-word.

It just feels GREAT to have that one-word to guide me this year.  That one-word to remind me to be optimistic and keep the positivity. But a greater reminder for me would be the unchanging TRUTH that God has a plan for me and that whatever happens, I should live each day of the year trusting that all is part of God’s great plan and unique purpose for me.  Ultimately, I should be OPEN to God’s mysterious ways and handiwork in everything!

As I end this, here is a perfect prayer with my one-word for 2015:

God, I’m excited to see what You have planned for me this year. Whatever I face, I will not be intimidated. I will begin this year by seeing myself as You do — happy, healthy, and prosperous. Thank you for the gift of another year. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Happy New Year, Happy New Beginning, everyone!  I would love to know what your one-word is for 2015 and why!


  1. Posted January 3, 2015 at 2:20 AM | Permalink

    My one word for 2015 is GRACE. God has been placing that word in my heart since November. Everything that has happened to me and my family is by His amazing grace and I know that as we face this new year, though we don’t know what it holds, we will live victoriously with His sufficient grace that He makes available for us. Thank you for sharing, Racquel. May the Lord bring you to more open doors of opportunities! 🙂

    • racquel
      Posted January 14, 2015 at 5:24 PM | Permalink

      Hi, Joy! I’m sure GRACE is just perfect if that is what you strongly feel in your heart 🙂 Thanks for sharing, too! And thanks for your words of blessing for us this year 🙂

  2. Posted January 3, 2015 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

    Happy New Year, Racquel! Excellent choice of word for 2015. Very apt for this exciting year for your family! May you have the openness to face challenges that may come your way this year, and the strength to brave them. 🙂

    By the way, natawa ako sa SPARTS! So cute hahaha! 🙂

    Happy New Year!!!

    • racquel
      Posted January 14, 2015 at 5:21 PM | Permalink

      Hi, Carmel! 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement!!! Love it! SPARTS…cute and tama naman, di ba? 😉 May 2015 be a great one for you! 🙂

  3. Posted January 4, 2015 at 2:17 PM | Permalink

    It’s wonderful that your one word embraces the words of your spouse and kids. I don’t have a one word this year, but I have a statement. What one word can I use to merge together ‘own less and create more’? Can you help me?
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    • racquel
      Posted January 14, 2015 at 5:20 PM | Permalink

      Hi, Cym! One word for “own less and create more” is pretty tough…Let me think…{pausing and thinking here}…Ok, I think after 5 to 10 minutes, the first word that came to mind is “stewardship”. I don’t know if that comes close to what you’re feeling, Cym 🙂

  4. Posted January 11, 2015 at 12:49 PM | Permalink

    I don’t have one word for the year, but I do know that being “open” is connected to how I want to feel POTENT, one of my desired feelings that I want to live out this year. Being “open” right now concerns birth, a natural one that I want for my little girl!
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    • racquel
      Posted January 14, 2015 at 5:03 PM | Permalink

      That’s a very interesting comment, Martine! Thanks! I think “open” IS just apt to what you are going through right now and to the next parenting stage you will have soon!:)

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