My One Little Word for 2016


A friend discovered this concept a couple of years ago and I fell in love with the idea. I’ve chosen a word each year since. Choosing a word for the year, for me, is an alternative to resolutions.


The idea is to choose a word that reflects how you would like your year to be. There are so many to choose from. Here is a partial list I got from One Word 365:


The possibilities are endless.

Last year my word was Balance and if you’ve read any of my posts, then you’ve seen some of my struggles. Finding balance in life is difficult, yet I’ve grown through the process.

There appears to be a movement surrounding the idea of choosing a yearly word to focus on. I’ve found a couple of sites that I’ve used in my journey.

One is One Little Word by Ali Edwards. She encourages you to focus on, meditate and reflect upon your word and she has created a few ways to help you. There is a group on her site that is supportive as you learn about yourself using your word. She also has monthly creative subscription and classes for exploration. Check it out.

Another site that I found this year is One Word 365. This site is all about community and encouragement. One way for each person to work with their word is to create a vision board. As this is something I do with my clients, I am interested in storyboarding my word.

I’ve never done the creative stuff with my word, at least not in this way. I have, however, created jewelry to help remind me of my word. This was my first word and I wore it as a bracelet.

The interesting thing I’ve found with choosing a single word to frame my year is that life tends to show me where I need to work. This is a good thing since I tend to stagnate if I don’t have some encouragement.

The cool thing is that the words I’ve chosen for the past couple of years haven’t left me. I feel as if this has a cumulative effect. It seems the growing never stops.

This year my word is Enough. I have begun exploring this word and how it relates to my life, hopefully, I can share some of this journey with you.

So, here is the challenge: Choose a word that reflects a place you want to go in your life and spend some time journaling about it.

Anti-New Years Resolution

sparkler-677774_640Since I was a child and first understood what a resolution was, I’ve felt the pressure each year to make them. This has been problematic since then.

I’ve done all the usual resolutions, such as:

“I will lose weight.”
“I will begin an exercise program.”
“I will….”

There are so many who follow this same path. And, so many who fail.

The statistics aren’t great. According to Statistic Brain, only 8% of people who set resolutions actually achieve them. This statistic was from last year.

These are not good odds.

I am never among the 8%. I can’t remember ever having success with a New Year’s Resolution, usually giving up within the first few weeks, if not days. If I made it to February, that was a miracle and I don’t remember ever doing that.

I don’t know when I stopped with the resolutions. Since I struggle with setting goals anyway, I decided not to make myself feel worse.

What I’ve done instead is to reflect on my life around my birthday, which I did last year. I wrote about it here.

This reflection includes looking back over the previous to see how it went and to think about the direction for the upcoming year. This has made more sense to me and I can see just how far I’ve come.

That doesn’t mean I ignore this time of year. The solstice has just passed which means the light is coming back. It is the perfect time for new beginnings.

What I’ve begun to do in the last couple of years is I’ve chosen a word to focus on for the upcoming year. It’s not a goal per se. More like that little thought in the back of your mind that helps to guide you. The words I have chosen have been ones that tend to show up in my relationships and daily life over and over. The word helps to keep me on task.

In my next post, I will talk about how choosing a word for the upcoming year works.

What I will do now is to encourage you to think about how you approach the new year. Will you make some resolutions that for the most part won’t be achieved? Or will you choose a guiding word and see where that takes you?

I believe in setting myself up for success and I hope you do the same.