You definitely need to get out a clean sheet of paper for this one. And a pen. This isn't the kind of thing you do on a computer.
My personal mantra, courtesy of my daughter Kate, is "Breathe in. Breathe out." That mantra is summarized in a gift from my sister Eva -- a silver stone simply inscribed, "Breathe."
My friend Angela and I recently gave our friend Kat a piece of art spelling out, "Believe."
This is where you stop reading about the wonderful women in my life, and get to work: If you could choose only ONE word for a personal statement, what would it be?