My word for 2018

Hello everyone & Happy New Year! I am well aware that we are more than a couple days into the New Year but more than ever I needed a slow start to this year. My Instagram and blog have sat pretty silent (expect for Instagram Stories) since before the holidays. I unplugged to be with friends & family (and really just be “off” like people at normal jobs get to do!) It wasn’t until I stopped all the hustle that I realized just how tired I was. I don’t know if I would used the word “burnout” but I did need to reevaluate my work load. It came at a good time – the new year! But when everyone was releasing all their new year plans, dreams, goals, words, verses, and thoughts January 1 – I felt behind instantly.

Instead of rushing to get something out, I sat with that feeling and asked myself why I felt so guilty and behind. IĀ  saw those thoughts for what they were – jealousy & comparison. And those are two things I sure don’t want to take with me into a new year. They only breed discontentment in my heart. And not only that, but they keep me from being the best that I can be. So shaking off those fears, I read a novel, wrote in my Power Sheets, took naps, and let another week go by just sitting in today and not rushing forward & filling my schedule. Oh, and I cried because as a 7 (enneagram) I don’t like being alone in my thoughts.


I don’t always pick a word for the year but sometimes it just happens (Ā 2014,Ā 2015,Ā 2016, 2017). In the midst of an intentional time off, I realized that intentionality was just what I needed & wanted for 2018. Doing less and making it mean more. Intentional about the schedule, the commitments, the collaborations, the projects. I have a tendency to do all the things (or at least to want to do all the things) but 2017 left me so tired. I can’t continue living like that and I don’t want to.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know if there will be huge changes in Oak + Oats as a reflection of this. I know I already have some practical things in mind – like hire an intern and move my posting schedule to M, W, F but those are little things. And maybe that is what this word is all about – the little things. Being intentional about the clothes I buy, the money I spend, the commitments I say yes to, the things I make time for, the collaboration opportunities that I accept & pass on.

I don’t love the little things. I get lost in the details. I can fly by the seat of my pants and make spontaneous decisions (like buying the swimsuit I saw on Instagram this morning but I am hoping that was a good choice.) I like big. I like launches and success and full calendars and MORE. But while I like I that, I am realizing I need the not big. The little things I do everyday that lead up to those big moments. I don’t want to just keep flying from high to high pushing, running, hustling. It isn’t healthy.

I turn 30 this year and maybe that is the cause of so much reflection. I’m excited about my thirties. I am excited for a new season. Maybe I’ll finally accept slow & steady. Maybe intention will be a natural choice & pattern. I’ll never be perfect but I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in me will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6)

Happy New Year friends wherever you are at! Whether you made goals weeks ago or have still yet to process 2017. Take the time, listen to your body, and make time for the important things.

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • Sometimes a break from everything is much needed. I’m glad you were able to take some time to yourself and be with your family and friends!

    I love that you chose intentional for your word this year. We could all use a little intention in our lives. Happy New Year!

  • I’m SO glad you took a break. I did, too, and it was WONDERFUL.

    Also, I couldn’t think of a better word for 2018. Here’s to a new year, a clean slate and a new way to view the world!

    • Yes! I just need to be more okay with doing it because it is needed! Thanks so much Aubry!! Let’s do this šŸ™‚

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    A break is just what we need sometimes to come back feeling refreshed! Also, yes to the 30’s! My 30th is coming up in March!

    • Yes!! So soon. It’s kinda crazy but I am into it!! haha! Thanks so much!

  • Katie

    Couldn’t agree more. I felt superrr behind everyone else on their 2018 goals and feeling like everyone else had it all together. So un-true. For my two week Christmas break from teaching, I told myself that it was OKAY to relax and relax I did. For about one day I felt really anxious/guilty that I was not doing more with my time. In my Spirit, I knew I needed that rest for a full school year ahead.

    My mama bought me the Cultivate Goal Planner for Christmas and I literally sat on the couch everyday and took intentional time to write down my goals without rushing. It’s amazing! Wanting to grow my blog into a business feel so overwhelming and it’s so easy to feel like I NEED TO DO IT ALL NOW to success and that’s such a lie. There was plenty of time I could have shot content and planned for a month but I told myself no and just focused on being in the here and now and prepping for what’s ahead. If I do that I’m going to miss out on my Father talking to me and precious time with my family and I don’t want success if it means giving up whats most important to me.

    I think there’s a big difference to being prepared and looking forward to feeling like your going to fail if you don’t do those things. Good thoughts Beth! Got me thinking!

    Katie |

    • Yes Yes Yes!!! So good to hear all this!! It is so easy to feel behind especially in our line of business but the Lord is faithful and He will lead and guide us. Plus we cannot be good stewards of what we are giving (our blogs) if we don’t take time to care for ourselves.

  • I’ve seen so many people who chose this as their word for 2018 and I love it! Being intentional is so important. Choosing what matters over everything else is so good! Hope that 2018 is an amazing year for you!

    • Thanks so much Natalie! I do think it is the year of slowing down and being intentional!

  • I love that word. šŸ™‚ Mine this year is to be kind!

  • Beth, I love this so much for you! I think it is going to be amazing for you and your business! Can’t wait to see how 2018 unfolds for you!