I feel as though I could talk about my word of the year for 2016 all day. My word was quality and it changed my life.
It completely revolutionized the way I spent my time, money, and resources. I invested in furniture for our home instead of buying more clothes. Tucker and I spent less and better time together. We sought the best training possible for our sweet pupper. Not long after I wrote my blog post, we found a new home that was further away from the city than we'd wanted but far far better than we'd ever imagined being able to live in. The food we ate was better, or if it was fast food it was our top tier choices always. The things that we spent our excess spending money on became things like bicycles and memberships to the YMCA. And I learned so much about myself.
All of that was great except for one little thing: It made figuring out my word for 2017 a huge pain.
I started the way I always do. I sat some core ideas out, and I tried to draw a connection to a word that existed and was meant for me. And obviously that should have worked, right?
It didn't. Quality made it's self so apparent to me. I initially rejected it because it wasn't a cute word, but then I realized it was perfect and came to love the fact that it wasn't typical.
This year I had a few overarching goals that I wanted to accomplish and those began to steer the process of choosing my word.
- I want to do well professionally and personally, and enjoy my life free of unnecessary stress and pressures.
- I want to be outwardly grateful for the work I do and complete my tasks to the best of my ability while continually growing and improving.
- I want to bloom and continue to learn who I am and what I enjoy.
The first word I came up with was harvest. I ordered my Giving Key necklace with the word inscribed on it and everything, but eventually it ended up feeling off in some ways. I still can't put my finger on exactly why, but it seemed to not imply the amount of work I was ready to put into 2017.
I agonized over the process for about a month and a half, and the breakthrough happened in Nicole of Write's Like a Girl's car. I told her my discontent with my word, and she asked if I wanted to see her short list for the year and there it was. Staring back at me on her iPhone in a note.
This year I want to flourish in every sense of the word.
1) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.
2) an ornamental flowing curve in handwriting or scrollwork.
synonyms: grow, thrive, prosper, do well, bloom.
It encompasses everything I want to accomplish this year both behind the camera and in my life. More than anything I just want to do well with the life I've been given, the talents I've been given and the resources I have. I always want to have habits in place to be continually learning and looking inward.
So this year my word is flourish, and I'm so incredibly happy with it.
Do you choose a word of the year? What did you choose?