Look for the Good in Every Day

new year wishes

A new year is before us, ripe with opportunities and promise. I love the feel of ‘the new’, and while the slate isn’t totally clean that we start with, it still brings with it the feeling of freshness and new beginnings.

For several years I’ve chosen a word of the year to focus on. Last year I couldn’t make up my mind, so I chose three: authentic, action, and joyful. Towards the end of 2018, knowing this chance to pick new words to focus on was coming up again, I started writing down words that I was drawn to. I had a post-it note on my December calendar and when I’d run across another word I liked, I’d add it to my list. By the last week of the year I had several words to pick from – balance, peace, delight, nourish, healthy, grateful, blessed. I liked all of them. Any of them would have been a great word for me to laser in on. My life would be richer with any of those words magnified in my life. I couldn’t choose.

While driving between the stores I service in my day job, my mind usually wanders and drifts as I travel the familiar route. One day a phrase popped into my mind and I knew immediately that this was my 2019 focus.

Look for the good in every day.

Somehow I jumped from three words to seven. But I knew that I needed this whole phrase. I think I’m usually fairly optimistic – probably more so than many. But yet, I still see how I’m starting to fall back into patterns of grumblings and under the breath mutterings. Too much for my own peace of mind. So I need to regroup and notch up the positivity. Gratitude and thankfulness amplify positivity – as does seeing the good in every day.

As an aside, I thought of making the phrase – find the good in every day. That’s only six words, instead of seven. But it didn’t feel as spot on for me as the words I initially thought of. To me, ‘find’ implies a more passive thought. It seems like it’s recognizing the good that is there, but only if I happen to run across it. To ‘look for’ feels more action oriented, something I have to actively search for with the intent of finding it.

With that thought in mind, I’m thankful that the hours this week are a little lighter than the past few weeks have been. That gave me the time – and the energy – to be home this afternoon to write this post. While the past few weeks were heavier in hours than usual, I’ll be thankful for the larger paycheck. I’m thankful for the health that’s carried me through a hectic holiday season and all the loved ones in my life that I was able to send Christmas packages to. And I’m doubly thankful for the past few days that have been close to 70-degrees. Now, that’s my kind of January winter day!

AYes, life is good and I’m looking forward to a magnificent 2019 filled with family, friends, love and a multitude of blessings. Wishing the same to you all!

new year



29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. makingtimeforme
    Jan 08, 2019 @ 22:11:20

    Love it!!


  2. trishafaye
    Jan 08, 2019 @ 22:25:11

    Reblogged this on Embracing Life Tribe.


  3. Natalie
    Jan 08, 2019 @ 23:44:36

    Such a wonderful phrase you’ve chosen, Trisha! Happy 2019! #MLSTL


  4. Jennifer Jones
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 03:37:17

    This is a great phrase to focus your year on Trisha. Isn’t it strange how you just know when the right words occur in your head. Looking forward to following along with you in 2019 #MLSTL Shared on SM


  5. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 05:32:17

    I love your phrase, Trisha and I believe that as #oneword becomes more popular we are all realising that this can just be a stepping stone to finding what the right focus is for us. My words just came to me suddenly over the New Year break and before that I had no idea what I would be using as my focus. Thank you for supporting and linking up to our first #MLSTL for 2019 and I look forward to reading more of your journey throughout the year. Have a great week. xx


  6. Jo
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 06:12:38

    I love this phrase. There’s a saying I read not long ago that said something like in a field of flowers some people will only see the lone weed, whereas others can see the flower in that weed. Visiting from #MLSTL


    • trishafaye
      Jan 09, 2019 @ 22:59:28

      I love your thoughts on the lone weed in a field of flowers. As a dandelion lover in a world that wants to poison and stomp them out of every yard, I can relate to your story. My neighbors hate me as I actively encourage the brilliant yellow blossoms to thrive.


  7. leannelc
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 06:44:33

    Trisha, your positivity is always inspiring and this phrase is perfect. I also loved and pinned (and saved) your quote because it was great too. I think WOTY (or PhraseOTY) is a great way to motivate us to grow more – I’m looking forward to reading about all the good stuff you see each day – you’ll have to do a monthly roundup post to share it with us!
    MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂


    • trishafaye
      Jan 09, 2019 @ 22:56:10

      Thank you for your kind words Leanne! I’ve never thought about doing a monthly roundup post. I’ll have to make some notes throughout the month and do so! Thanks for the idea.
      PS – LOVED your ‘MORE’ WOTY!


  8. Christina Daggett
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 09:02:44

    I love the phrase you chose, Trisha! You inspire us all, with this post, to work on being our best selves in the year ahead.


  9. filcampbell
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 11:33:50

    I’ve been trying to get my head around the one word idea, but it never quite works for me (probably too scatterbrained to stay focussed!), but I love your idea to use a phrase and what a good one that is. Like you I’m quite positive a lot of the time, but affirmations brighten me up – I’ll look forward to following along and watching out for the good in every day.
    Fil’s Place

    (PS Sharing on Twitter)


    • trishafaye
      Jan 09, 2019 @ 22:48:53

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. That’s how I ended up with three words last year. I blamed it on my Gemini brain that can’t hone in on just one idea. I want to try everything, learn everything, do everything LOL
      Thanks for sharing.


    • trishafaye
      Jan 09, 2019 @ 22:53:10

      I just went to your page and listened to the clips you had there. Great sounds!!


  10. Victoria Estep
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 18:37:12

    What a great phrase. There is something good in everyday even if it is just the fact you can get out of bed.


  11. patwdoyle11
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 23:00:56

    I think a phrase is absolutely fine if it motivates you….and your’s is extremely motivating.

    A few years ago I had the word JOY as my word for the year and I found a coffee mug that said “find joy in each day”. I still use that coffee mug every morning. Perhaps you can do one of those paint-places and make your own mug with your own saying on it! Or make it your screen-saver. I’ve made a few of those this year with my word and phrase.

    And thanks for the end “may the new year” quote… love it! Visiting from #MLSTL


  12. Debbie Harris
    Jan 10, 2019 @ 07:16:57

    This phrase is a great way to look at the world for year ahead Trisha! I agree it needed the Look for part in it to work as an action for each day. Well done and isn’t it funny how we can be mulling something over and then it just hits us!! I also love the quote, it says it all perfectly. Sharing for #mlstl


    • trishafaye
      Jan 11, 2019 @ 14:34:01

      I’m glad you liked it Debbie. Yes, we can know what we need in our lives – if we slow down enough to listen to ourselves. Have a wonderful day!


  13. Christie Hawkes
    Jan 10, 2019 @ 12:55:21

    A beautiful phrase for the coming year, Trisha. I have a little habit that I have developed to remind me to look for the good in each day. It started with a suggestion that on the way home from work, I think of how I will answer the question, “How was your day?” with some positive things that happened during that day. As time passed, the habit morphed into me thinking of three good things that have happened so far that day each time I get into the car. It works! Good luck in 2019! I’m excited to see where it takes us. #MLSTL


  14. Janet Mary Cobb
    Jan 12, 2019 @ 02:50:11

    Trisha – I totally love this post! I agree with the “Look for” instead of “Find” – much like my ‘enjoy your day’ practice instead of ‘have a nice day’. I hope you have a wonderful 365 days of finding good. #MLSTL


    • trishafaye
      Jan 13, 2019 @ 04:02:30

      Thank you Janet! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I like your ‘Enjoy your day!’ phrase. Funny how the change of one or two little words can make an entirely new statement. I’m writing this down so hopefully I can get my brain to remember. I’d love to use your phrase too.


  15. Sheryl
    Jan 15, 2019 @ 04:12:20

    Your 2019 phrase is perfect. I like how you see each year as being ripe with opportunities and promise, and


    • trishafaye
      Jan 15, 2019 @ 05:48:32

      Thanks Sheryl! Although winter is my least favorite season, I think January is my favorite month. Just because of the newness of it how ripe it is with promise.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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