Word of the Year: Positivity

What’s up, Arrowheads? That’s right, I’m finally out of hiatus! *Fist bumps all around*

I apologize for being away for a few weeks, but as I said in my hiatus announcement, I was in a dark place as an author and even considered walking away from publishing my future books altogether. But, after some conversations with my family, boyfriend, and online author friends, I’m ready to keep pursuing self-publishing and am pumped to see what 2019 will hold.

2019 Word of the Year

This year, I’m going to try something new: instilling a word of the year for myself. After experiencing author depression after Speak Your Mind‘s release in November, and taking off most of December to evaluate my current situation, I decided I need a change. I’ve taken to watching YouTube videos by Abbie Emmons and Sarra Cannon (Heart Breathings), both of which promote a focus on mental health and positivity in the author community. For the majority of my life, I’ve been a negative person, and hoarding negative outlooks while trying to write, make a career as an author, and enjoy life outside of writing is a terrible mix. That’s what 2018 looked like for me, and I aim to change that this year by making my word of the year POSITIVITY.



Because “Positivity” just means the state of being positive, let’s see what “Positive” means instead.

A few summarized definitions from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary state that “Positive” means the following:

  • Fully assured or confident
  • Independent of changing circumstances
  • Characterized by affirmation rather than negation
  • Contributing toward progression
  • Having a good effect

These are the five pillars I would like to build the foundation of 2019 on.

In the past, I have struggled with low self-esteem. This year, I will try not to tear myself down and gain CONFIDENCE.

In the past, I have feared change. This year, I will work to remain stable and INDEPENDENT of changing circumstances.

In the past, I’ve been notably cynical about many things. This year, I will use AFFIRMATIONS to change that mindset.

In the past, I’ve allowed my negative mindset to become a time waster by feeling sorry for myself. This year, I will channel my aggression into PROGRESSION.

In the past, my negative nature has had disastrous effects on relationships, goals, and writing progress. This year, I will remain POSITIVE and see PROGRESS.

Talk to Me, Arrowheads!

Do you have a word of the year? If not, try to brainstorm one you’d like to adopt for 2019, and share in the comments! Let’s try to make 2019 as bright as we can and shed some light on the world! ❤

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

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