The family has been watching the heck out of some Murder She Wrote these past two months. My mom and I spent most Sunday nights in the mid-80s watching the show together. Slightly cheesy and full-on 1980s television (with all those guest stars; those clothes; that hair!), the show stars Angela Lansbury as retired-school-teacher-turned-mystery-novelist Jessica Fletcher, known professionally as JB Fletcher, with a knack for being near or at the scene of any given murder. It is a surprisingly family-friendly TV show in which people die violently in every episode.
Once you get past the premise of the show – that this sweet old lady from Cabot Cove, Maine is actually the Kiss of Death – you find an unexpected heroine.
- Always speaks her mind.
- She never lies or diminishes her views to make others comfortable.
- She calls out bullshit when she sees it, without ever being rude.
- She’s tenacious and will keep up the good fight, even everyone around her has given up.
- She does not judge others for their poor choices (like the common occurrence of realizing someone’s alibi is because they are cheating.)
- She admits when she is wrong.
- And she’s one hell of a classy dresser.
- (Not to mention her unconditional love for her bumbling nephew, Grady – the most accused man of murder who has never actually committed murder.)
The fact is, the more I watch, the more I realize I want to be Jessica Fletcher when I grow up.
And that is why, when thinking about my past year and a half of extreme and intense personal growth, and now looking forward to going even deeper this next year, I have chosen as my Word for 2017.
Slay. On so many levels, slay.
The Oxford Dictionary defines slay as “to kill (a person or animal) in a violent way; murder, put to death, butcher, cut down.”
For my purposes, I am going to follow the Urban Dictionary, which defines slay as “killed it, succeeded in something amazing.”
That is what I am aiming for in 2017.
Slay in homage to my new-found feminine heroine, Jessica Fletcher.
In personal relationships.
In our home.
My past few Words of the Year – authenticity in 2015 and badass in 2016 – now feel like the perfect succession to slay in 2017.
It has all been leading to this. Learning to be who I truly am and to be bold and fearless.
What could possibly be better than to slay? To kill it. To succeed in something truly amazing.
What is your word of the year?
What is the meaning behind it?
Alright, 2017. Let’s do this thing.
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Netflix is taking Murder She Wrote off their lineup starting January 2017, so you will have to take in as much of Jessica’s inspiration as you can before midnight New Year’s Eve!