Monday, January 18, 2016

Word of the Year 2016

For the past couple of years, as the end of the year draws near, I choose a word for the following year. That word kind of becomes a mantra for me throughout the year to focus on. I pray and ponder on what word to choose and then finally choose a word. I try not to think about it too terribly much and more of let the word choose me.

The first time I did the word of the year concept was back in 2012. 2011 had been a hectic year full of ups and downs with Noah’s health and I chose the word breathe. I connected with that word so much on so many levels. I feel like that word really carried me through that year.

I usually make something with my word of the year on it to display it so that I see it over the year. And because I usually blog about it, discuss it with friends who also choose a word of the year, etc. my friends and family will even tell me sometimes throughout the year to remember my word of the year causing me to refocus.

So, the word of the year, I have chosen for 2016 is grateful. Over the past couple of months, I have made a more conscious effort to be a more positive person. To be honest, I’m a pretty positive person for the most part I think. I’ve always kind of had a Pollyanna attitude about life but I want to take that a step further and try to focus a little more on finding the good, the positive, and the happy in the little moments of my crazy, hectic, wonderful life. It’s easy to be grateful in the good moments of life, but it’s harder to be grateful when things are rough and that’s what I want to focus on; finding something to be grateful for in the midst of chaos.

So, did you choose a word for 2016? If so, leave it in the comments?