My Word and Theme for 2019

Connie Ragen Green
4 min readApr 9, 2019
Connie Ragen Green — My Word and Theme for 2019

For years I have chosen a word and theme for the coming year, and I am continuing this tradition for 2019. I won’t leave you in suspense; my one word for 2019 is ENERGY and my theme is ENERGETIC, STRATEGIC ENTHUSIASM. First, what do we mean by a “word and theme for 2019?”

Our life experience is defined by time. We think back to what we were doing during a specific year, as well as when we were at a certain job or attending school as an undergrad, or when we went to a special concert (I just saw “Bohemian Rhapsody” and was thinking about the three times I saw the band Queen perform live. It was long ago, but I am able narrow it down to the years 1982–1985.)

Individuals are not the only ones who choose a word and theme. For 2019 Merriam-Webster selected “justice” as their word of the year. Actually, it’s for 2018 but they have only revealed it during the last two weeks of the year. It was announced by Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large. Here is what he stated when asked by the Associated Press to share his choice:

The word “justice” consistently bubbled into the top 20 or 30 lookups on the company’s website, spiking at times due to specific events but also skating close to the surface for much of the year.

While it’s one of those common words people likely know how to spell and use correctly in a sentence, Sokolowski pointed to other reasons that drive search traffic. Among them is an attempt to focus a train of thought around a philosophical problem, or to seek aspirational motivation. Such well-known words are often among the most looked up every year, including those that are slightly abstract, including “love.”

You may read the entire article on Merriam-Webster’s word of the year here. It does not surprise me that this year’s word was motivated by our current political climate in the United States. But on another note, “Justify” is the name of the horse that became the thirteenth Triple Crown winner in June.

This year I was also inspired by Joanne Fink from Zenspirations is her recent post on choosing a word of the year. She says:

When I start my Word of the Year selection process, I usually do it alphabetically by writing down all the positive, uplifting words that I can think of which begin with the same

Connie Ragen Green

Online marketing strategist, author, speaker, and publisher working with entrepreneurs on six continents.