I don’t believe in resolutions. I never stick to them so why set myself up for failure. As an alternative I select one word that I can reflect on for the next 365 days. It has proven to be, at least in my own personal experience, a fool-proof method to help keep me focused.
LOOKING BACK. My word for 2015 was “FUN”. Looking back at 2015 I realize that my word meant different things for me during different times of the year and during different situations. There were times when I would strive to “have more fun”. Other times I would strive to “be more fun”. The past several years have been difficult to say the least. I went through some very tough times dealing with a spouse (Mr. B) who made a miraculous recovery from being on death’s doorstep on more than one occasion. And because of this, it was important for me to add FUN back into my life (in OUR lives) in 2015. You know what…2015 was a good year for us. And it was FUN. There were a few very minor bumps but overall it felt like life was getting back on track. It’s interesting how this one single word served as a gentle reminder of the direction I wanted life to take in 2015. It’s funny how a three letter word came to be so very powerful.
What lies ahead in 2016?
When it came time to think about my word for the 2016 it didn’t take long for me to select one. Based on what I already know about certain events that lie ahead in the upcoming year, I chose the word JOURNEY. To some it may automatically conjure up trips to places near and far. And while exotic vacations would be wonderful, I’m digging a little deeper and trying to focus on my JOURNEY through life events. I have some wonderful personal projects waiting for me in 2016 that I am extremely excited about. Plus I will focus on building my blog and social media platforms (shameless plug: any help here is appreciated!). But I also have some life events that I don’t look forward to. But isn’t that real life…the good with the bad. It will be interesting to find out what life lessons I will be learning and taking away from my experiences.
While I have been selecting a word of the year for just a couple of years now, I found that Ali Edwards, a superstar in the paper crafting and scrapbooking world, has been using this method since 2007. Ali takes it a step further by helping people document their own word through a project called “One Little Word”. She provides helpful resources and tools to document experiences throughout the year in a fun and creative way.
I met Ali Edwards several years ago when she presented me with an award for a paper crafting project I designed. (Yes, I am actually very crafty.) I had already selected my word for 2016 and finished the draft of most of this post when I approached Ali with the following question: “What is one thing you would like someone to take away from documenting their “One Little Word?” Her response was particularly intriguing because she summed up exactly what I wanted to capture in 2016, and frankly every year.
The one thing that I would want someone participating in this project to take away from it is that it is a journey. It is not one moment, but the combination of them all that matters on their walk with their word throughout the year. —Ali Edwards.
How about trying something new for 2016 and join me (and Ali) in our self-discovery and select your very own word for this year. Trust me, you might find it personally rewarding.