#oneword for 2017: Relentless

Updated: Dec 31, 2021

I work on a school calendar. My year goes from September to June (I think July and August are in there somewhere), therefore when I create goals for myself they are initialized in early September. I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. We are halfway through my year by then.

I do, however, love the #oneword trend, and after watching my PLN follow through on some of their one words from last year, I have decided to choose my own. My #oneword2017 is:


In the past, this word irritated me. It is the number one word that people have used to describe my personality (or some version of it: tenacious, persistent…) and I always felt it carried a negative connotation. I’d connect it to other things people have said to me: “Why are you constantly thinking about that?” or “Why are you so obsessed with (insert anything here)?” or “Just give it up already!” because I didn’t know how to give up. Then I realized…I didn’t know how to give up! I could look at being relentless as negative, or I could turn it into a positive personality trait that would guide me in times where giving up is the easy thing to do. Times when other people might give up. Luckily for me, I don’t do easy. Why? Because I’m relentless.

Jennifer Hogan (a seriously intelligent and kind woman whom I hope to be like one day) posted this quote on Twitter to support her new three word blog post (that you can find here), and I felt it was fitting for the pivot I needed to do in order to rework the definition to be a positive trait:

It’s all about changing my mindset.