For What It's Worth

Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Word(s) for 2016

For the past two years I’ve chosen a word rather than a resolution for the new year. There’s none of that pass/fail pressure of a concrete resolution and I like the idea of a word shaping my life going forward. I feel like it lasts longer than a resolution. For me anyway – you do you! lol

I chose LAUGH for 2014 and DISCONNECT in 2015 and they both made such a large impact in all aspects of my life.

This year I’m choosing a few words but they all kind of work together and I’m carrying over that DISCONNECT because it saved my sanity in 2015. I barely heard about any drama llama.


So drumroll please…..my words for 2016 are…



Simplify
~ I’m not someone who wants or buys a lot to begin with but as I get older I find that the constant quest for *things* is endless and I don’t need or use about 90% of it. In fact I end up giving most of it away after it sits on a shelf or in the closet for a few years. So this year I want to try to scale back to trying to only buy things I’ll use or need. Or at least reduce my impulse purchases. I already fell off the wagon a bit with this one with the after Christmas sales. Oops. But it was before the new year and I’m determined to use everything I bought!

Organize
~ Connected to Simplify. I want to go through my closets, garage, attic etc and clear out what I’m not using, donate/reorganize or USE it! This applies to clothes, crafting supplies, books (in particular cookbooks and cooking magazines).

Create
~ I’m not particulary crafty or creative but one of the things I really enjoyed this past year was Picmonkey. I designed (& redesigned – sorry) my blog as I waded my way through a blogging slump. So now I have a bit of a crafting bug.

I want to try my hand at book crafts as a way of using up those piles of ARC’s. I want to get back to gardening – something I used to love, and would like to organize my blogging space using things I already have around the house. I also want to cook more and find a way to incorporate that into my blogging. Everything seems more fun when I can share it!

And I want all of those to be fun and something that enhances my daily life – long term - not a goal to be met.

You can check out the My One Word website if you want to know more or get help choosing a word.
What are your hopes, resolutions or words for 2016?

And HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!

17 comments:

  1. Nice! I didn't choose one for 2015, but looking back, I would sum it up to Courage. For 2016, I'm choosing Taking Chances, because this is the year I'm going back to my roots and centering myself but also having a sharper vision of what I want to achieve and how to get there. So I'm going to take chances at getting a surer foot towards my goals. :)

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    1. I love that! And that's what I like about choosing a word rather than a specific goal. I feel like you get more - even something you didn't know you needed. Good luck! & Happy New Year!

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  2. Speaking of organizing, I so have to clean up the big closet...have to

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  3. what great words and mine was embrace and I did just that with everything :) I saw that there was book going around regarding simply that talks about organization and cleaning too. My sister did this with her clothes :)

    Happy New year and new you :)

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  4. I love the way you do resolutions. I also love your words. Create really stands out for me. I want to do more of that! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Thanks. I like it to. I find they change my whole thinking process longterm - rather than ok I accomplished this one thing.

      Happy New Year!

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  5. psst...Karen...it's 2016. ;) But seriously, I LOVE this idea. I think I'd go with at least Create for this year too. It was a good word for 2015 too but I really want to focus more on being creative and creating new opportunities and chances to do more/learn more.

    -Lauren

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    1. OMG that's hilarious!!! Maybe I should add proofreading to that list.

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    "And I want all of those to be fun and something that enhances my daily life – long term - not a goal to be met."
    Oh wise one. (Not joking!).
    I do think it's the key, and the reason why most resolutions are NOT met - because they aim at things per se. I hope this different frame of mind works for you. Happy new year!

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    "psst...Karen...it's 2016. ;)"
    "OMG that's hilarious!!! Maybe I should add proofreading to that list."
    Haha, that's a good idea ;). Or you could hire me for a reasonable price, since I'm so punctilious. Except I did miss the 2015 detail myself this time, so you might consider hiring Shooting Star Mags instead... *retreats in shame*

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    1. "Shooting STARS". Damn. I'm losing my touch.

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    2. That's ok - you still helped me catch MORE mistakes. I had originally only seen the error in the graphic but I said 2015 through the whole post! lol

      Either no one noticed or everyone was laughing their ass off at my expense yesterday lol

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  7. I love this idea - you know how obsessed I was with "disconnect." Still working on that one... I may try to pick some of my own!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. Honestly, - I could have just stuck with disconnect but I think it's something that I've managed to do naturally now after practicing last year :-)

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  8. Ohhh, I love this idea. I've never done anything like this before - only general sort of resolutions - but I like the idea of having a life theme(s) to think about for the year.

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    1. I love that phrase! *life theme* because I've only done it for three years but the words have stuck with me and shaped my life in general -not even in the ways I intended - because they're a mood/feeling/behavior so they effect everything.

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