My One Word for 2018 – Cultivate

My One Word for 2018 I absolutely love the excitement a new year brings. I am a self-proclaimed dork, so opening a new planner and setting my S.M.A.R.T. (Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Timely.) goals for the new year brings me absolute joy. Seriously, I might enjoy these moments more than a long, uninterrupted nap on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I did say, MIGHT. The verdict is still out on that one. Ok. I digress. Back to business. With #OneWord, you focus on one word all year that sums up how you want to live. The last three years I have even forced invited the kids and husband to join in and we then serve as each other’s accountability partners.

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My Previous #OneWord Choices

2017 Yield

Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” NIV

2016 Manage

2015 Do

2013 Persevere

*Last year was the first year I chose a bible verse to complement my #oneword.

My One Word For 2018



cultivate: [verb] means to try to acquire or develop (a quality or skill) to try to improve or develop one’s mind) – Oxford Living Dictionary

I have lived this past year in a fog. We moved to the other side of the world and that in itself was enough to write a book blog about. I had grand plans of working at a great tech firm, blogging about our adventures, traveling the world, hosting visitors and loving life. Well, I managed to accomplish traveling the world and loving life despite the many dips that come with a major change such as becoming expats with an uncertain future. But, I am putting all that behind me and am ready to push through 2018.

I plan to cultivate my:

hobby by flexing my creative muscles through this blog

career by applying for jobs and pursuing a career shift

home by going paperless and organizing our back log of fabulous digital pictures

family by creating and committing to a family budget and decrease my yelling episodes

personal growth by eliminating the procrastination cycle – I may need therapy for this one.


I have a serious issue with procrastination. I will procrastinate all day and then wonder where the day goes. The root of the problem is that I try to avoid facing the big rocks because I set myself up for failure and disappointment. Well, my ultimate advice book (the Bible) has written that all this procrastination will have me broke and hungry. And guess what, I ain’t bout that life.

He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.  Proverbs 28:19 NASB

With that said, it’s time for me to CULTIVATE. So, I need to go. But, before YOU go, please share your #oneword and/or bible verse in the comments below. I’m highly interested.

Hugs and love,

Dee Dee










Dee Dee Wheaton

Dee Dee Wheaton is the editor and main contributor of her family’s blog, The Wheaton Takeover. She writes and edits her posts listening to hip hop and r&b while sipping hot tea. Dee Dee and her family have temporarily relocated to Dublin, Ireland from Houston, Texas. They are traveling the world, learning and experiencing new things everyday and loving life one day at a time. Through their blog, they share their worldwide excursions, experiences living as American expats in Ireland, lessons learned along the way and glimpses into their crazy life.

12 thoughts on “My One Word for 2018 – Cultivate

  1. Yes! New year and new goals is very exciting but I’m going to have to vote that naps are first place. Lol. I love how you broke your one word down. I have to redo mine now. Did you see a difference in your motivation to stick to the one word last year as opposed to the others with the addition of the scripture?

    1. Ok. You may be right about the naps. LOL! The scripture surely helped me focus and stay motivated on my word because who am I to argue with scripture? Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Believe. Mark 5:36 says do not be afraid, just believe.
    Instead of being afraid that my future will be doomed to one filled with loneliness (dramatic, I know), I’m choosing to believe that God has it all worked out for my benefit. All I have to do is believe!

    1. Any and all drama is welcomed in this space. And you better believe, Girlfriend. I am believing for you and me! Let’s go!

  3. Great read! I love the idea of choosing ONE word. That seems so much more attainable than the well known, but rarely met phrase, “New Year’s Resolution” (that I hardly if ever meet). ONE word gives you a focus. Thanks for the idea!

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