My 2016 Condensed to Just One Word .......


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.

Now, being honest I will admit that the cynic in me baulked a little at the potential 'airy-fairy-ness' of this five-day process. But I opened my mind, even allowing myself to become involved with the little Mindfulness touches. Including the colouring mandalas - one of my absolute pet-hates. Or at least I thought they were. Until I tried them, that is. 'Time-consuming yet enjoyable', was my final conclusion. See, if you're going to give something a go you have to immerse yourself. One of my tenets, that is.

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!





15 comments:

  1. I chose 'discipline' as my word for 2016, entirely without guidance. Then I went back to see what my word for 2015 had been. Yup 'discipline'. I think Ive been striving for discipline and willpower all my life and t no avail. I obviously need some help so I signed up with Susannah. I'll let you know how it goes. Good luck with being vibrant. (You are pretty vibrant I think.)

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    1. @Midlife Singlemum: Yes, my original chosen words were 'Motivated', 'Energised' and such like which aren't very original. Or motivating! I think this process helps guide you to find a word that inspires these feelings but means more to you? I really look forward to hearing about how you get on! It's a nice, relaxing and ultimately meaningful process. Enjoy :) xx

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    2. @Midlife Singlemum: Oh, and thanks for the compliment... for I take it as that. I guess the public me comes across as vibrant at times. the more private me needs a kick up the-you-know-what at times though!!

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    1. @Naomi Lavelle: Thank you! I love it too..... still rolling around on my tongue. Getting used to and savouring it :)

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  3. Wow, I love this! So much thought has gone into that one word, that makes it pretty special in my book. And it's just how I imagine you :)

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    1. @Steph Curtis: Aww.... thank you! yes, a lot of thought DOES go into choosing your word. That's the way the process works :)

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  4. I would think that word is perfect for you in every way - and I must check out the choice process, it sounds very intriguing. Here's to a very vibrant 2016! xx

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    1. @Looking for Blue Sky: Awww.... and thank you too! I quite liked the process, I think you'd come up with quite an interesting word! xx

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  5. Oooh, what a good word. So nice to have something of meaning to focus on. I am intrigued to what you are going to do with your blog. Look forward to finding out. xx

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    1. @Bright Side of Life: Yes, I agree. It really is good to have your specially chosen word to focus on. I'm working at the blog thing, intermittently. All will (hopefully) be revealed soon. I hope! Nervous! xx

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  6. I would be to lazy, indisciplined to go through the process. Love your choice of word, it says a lot about where you are in your life.
    I think if it were me I'd like to imagine the word that would come up would be Laugh. I'd like to imagine most of what I do would be enjoyed as much as a good laugh and that life without too many cares could be approached with a relaxed manner, knowing the issues of most days are are minor.
    Great food for thought in your post.

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    1. @mythoughtsonapage: Oh, I hear you. And you're right.... it's where I am in my life right now that opened my mind to this process, and ultimately shaped the word I would chose.
      I like your word. It ultimately gives the same result, as my word gives to me.

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  7. I love your word! It's fabulous and now I'm inspired to find my own...thank you for that! Happy I found you via the Weekend Blog Share!

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  8. @mommymuddling: Thank you! And thanks for visiting. I do hope you find your word and that you enjoy the process of doing so. My word is still toiling away in the back of my mind. Keeping me inspired ;)

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