Choosing A Word of the Year

Happy New Year! When I first heard that people were choosing a word for each new year a few years ago, I was intrigued. I have to say I like the idea of selecting a word to describe something I want to achieve or improve upon for the coming year. I do not make resolutions, but I do set goals at the beginning of each year.


I am a work in progress and always will be as I believe there is always room for improvement of one’s self. So I like the idea of choosing a word as an area to focus on in the coming year.

I could easily have picked out organize for my word of the year, but I feel that would be too easy for me. So instead I looked at other things I hold dear to my heart including gratitude, travel, inspire and faith. I start each day with gratitude and even use an gratitude app to remind me, and 2014 was an amazing year of travel for me due to my word from 2013 which was embrace. I embraced nearly every opportunity for travel last year and was lucky to be able to do quite a bit of it.

My Word of the Year

I love to inspire others, but that is hard to measure. Faith is something that deserves so much more than a word for me, so after thinking about it for a few days, I decided on my word for 2015.



Merriam-Webster defines simplify as to make (something) easy to do or understand.

Yes! That is something I would not only like to do, but to share with you as I strive for simplicity in areas of my life.

Will you be choosing a word of the year?




  1. What a great word to focus on! I think my word is going to be intention. Happy New Year 🙂

  2. I think Simplify is a perfect word for you… and it really fits into your lifestyle too… =)

  3. Bingo Raquel!

    Are you sure you didn’t read my 1 word before you picked yours? 😉

    Same word here.

    I am simplifying more by working less, by feeling better and better – more often – and by releasing all online activities which don’t free me and my audience.

    I began trimming the fat about a week before New Year’s due to some meditating and subconscious reprogramming.

    An hour of personal development on waking – before I touch my laptop – has done wonders for me already.


    • Awesome Ryan! Love the first hour reflection and centering.

      Sounds like your new year is off to a great start! Look forward to simplifying along with you. Happy New Year!

  4. I have never chosen a word. This year I think I will! I’ll have to write about it, but it’s “practice.”

  5. My word for this year is Completion. I have a book I need to finish writing, as well as some projects I want to finish up. I decided this year I’m dedicating all my efforts to completing the things most important to me, and skipping the traditional resolutions like diet, exercise, savings, etc. Every year I try to take on ALL THE THINGS, and that doesn’t ever end so well. So I’m just going to worry about my book and my art and let everything else slide. 2015 might be a bit messy, but I bet it’s also a blast!

    • I love that Andi-Roo! That is great that you are focusing on completion! I agree that trying to do too many things at once often does not work. Great word choice and good luck on the book!

  6. Mine is TRUST. As in, trusting that things will work out okay. The sky is not always going to fall.

  7. Simplify is a great choice! I’m still working on picking my word but it is narrowed down to heart, chapter, or words. I’m leaning toward chapter though.

  8. I did this the other day at work. Mine is GROWTH! Love your word. . .I need to do that too!


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