Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. —1 Corinthians 15:58

I have never subscribed to the idea of new years resolutions. And to be honest, I don’t think I ever will.

To me, resolutions are actually finding answers to solve a problem. And maybe that’s why so many of us fail when we do set resolutions for the new year.

Maybe it’s not about finding answers to our problems. Maybe it’s about becoming someone who is capable as we figure out how to approach and solve our problems.

I’ve never been one to make resolutions nor have a “word” for the new year. For some reason, neither has worked well for me. What does work for me is having a phrase/motto to live by for the new year.

New Year, New Beginnings - Happy 2023! - Huong Vo wears white sequin top holding a glass coupe

For me, it’s always been about how I live my life for the next 365 days. Every year I choose an “action phrase” to live by so when I do look back and see that I did live my life by my chosen phrase, then I consider myself successful.

In this article, I share with you my action phrase for a happy 2023.

Looking back, here are my phrases from recent years:

2015: Living Life at the Next Level

2016: Progress Over Perfection

2017: Screw it, Do It, and Let’s Have Some Fun!

2018: This is the #DiamondLife!

2019: Heart, Hustle, and Hard Work

2020: Right for Me

2021: It’s Okay to Start Over

2022: It’s Time to Finish!

2023 is here and I’ve been prepping/thinking about the new year for the last month.

As I’ve said in the past, I’m more interested in self-improvement rather than tangible goals. I feel like if you improve as a person, you will end up reaching your goals anyway, right?

Whatever level I’m at now is the level I’m equipped to reach certain goals. When I grow and evolve, then I can reach a different and higher level of goals.

That said, drum roll, please…

For a happy 2023, my motto for the year is: “Committed, Consistent, and Courageous”.

I chose this phrase for 2023 because anything I do in the new year, I want to make I match up to what I’m doing. Am I committed? Consistent? Am I courageous even though I feel a tinge of fear?

That’s what I want my year to be about: to be a committed person who is consistent. I also want to have fewer goals so I can focus on my personal growth while managing my emotions.

I’m going to do something in the spring that’s scary for me personally, but since this year is about courage, I’m taking a deep breath and just diving in.

Why? I want to become a better version of myself. Becoming a better version of myself has always been my daily and life goal. I mean, I’ve always made it a point to ask myself, “Am I a better version of myself today than I was yesterday?” on a consistent basis at my day job, with blogging, in my faith, my personal life, etc.

My plan for 2023 is to be committed and consistent while taking courageous steps. 

When opportunities arrive at my doorstep, I want to make sure I can be committed. If I know I can’t, I will say no because I want to be intentional about my commitments.

To be transparent, I have no idea who I will become by the time this year is over. I want to be unrecognizable, but recognizable if that makes sense. I want to step into the woman God has called me to be and become “her” — finally.

Do you have a word or phrase for 2023? If so, what is it? Leave me a comment below and let me in on your dreams!

Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy and happy 2023! 


Huong By Huong
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