I first heard of Susannah Conway and her One Word concept through Kate Takes 5 blog, and it had me quite intrigued. I quite liked the idea of reducing all my hopes and aims for 2016 down to just one word. Quite the challenge for a rambling ruminator such as myself.
Now, unlike Susannah, I not only like structure and schedules I actually need them. More than I realised. In fact I have come to the conclusion that making and following to-do lists - that have elongated time-limits, as necessary - calms the jumble of my disorganised brain. It can be quite the jungle inside my head you see and even when I actually do get 'stuff ' done, it doesn't always register with me. Ticking it off a list however does register, and creates a much calmer environment. For me. Crazy, I know!
So bearing this in mind, and ignoring the fact that the 'New Year' is well under way, I decided to proceed with my quest to find my very own personal Word. One that would see me through 2016. In conjunction with my lists, of course.
You can find your word here.
And so I immersed myself, looking forward to the daily emails that guided me through the selection process and taking only a little of my time each day. Time that I allocated to this..... to me.
But what word would I chose? How exactly would I choose it and what did I want this word to depict; to 'say' about me and my hopes for the months ahead?
Would it be an active or passive word?
Did I want to feel motivated and energised?
Or calm and relaxed?
Could One Word achieve both, I pondered?!
I needed to feel both you see, and I ultimately decided that it could.
I reckoned that if I could find a word that would keep me motivated; that allowed me to get the things that I needed to get done, and the things that I wanted to do, that I would ultimately feel relaxed and contented? I based this on the fact that while the words 'Gym' or 'walk' - for example - appears on some of my daily lists, I enjoy these activities and so they ultimately make me feel relaxed. And getting through whatever I get through of my daily lists, allows me some absolute guilt-free time in the evenings to spend time watching Netflix with my teenager (yes, I have a teenage son who wants to watch with me..... sometimes!) and to attend to some relaxing knitting or crocheting projects. Which are also on my lists. You see, nice 'to-do stuff' goes on my lists too :)
In conclusion I found that, after the relative inactivity that ended 2014 and kick-started 2015, I wanted a word that Radiated and Motivated. That Ignited. A word that made me feel full of Joy and Life. Vivacious, Spirited and Sparkling. Alive.
So ultimately I made my choice.
And I now give you my One Word for 2016.......
I hope it sees me through the year ahead and the plans that I have. Including plans for this blog!
Whenever my energy wanes, when I hit a mental or emotional block, when 'stuff' is not getting done, all I need do is think of and visualise this One Word and I'll be up and running again.
That's my theory.
I'll let you know how it goes!