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Choosing A Word of the Year

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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?



Why Choose A Word of the Year - Organized Island

Monday 25th of January 2016

[…] my word for 2016, I thought long about what kind of things I wanted to happen in the coming year. My word last year was simplify and I did incorporate that in many areas of my life, which was helpful during that busy […]


Saturday 10th of January 2015

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


Sunday 11th of January 2015

That is a wonderful word too Jen! Hope your new year is off to a wonderful start!

A New Year, A New Word, A New Chapter

Thursday 8th of January 2015

[…] Simplify from Rachel at Organized Island […]


Tuesday 6th of January 2015

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.


Tuesday 6th of January 2015

Oh I love your choices Jean! Chapter sounds intriging and is unique.

Laura @ Housewife Hellraiser

Sunday 4th of January 2015

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


Monday 5th of January 2015

That is a great word Laura and sometimes hard to do when things seem overwhelming. Love that choice!