Consolidate; my one word for the year

Well, 2015 has come and gone. It’s been a big year – in a nutshell there was Quiltcon, Juki and some teaching. I didn’t reach all my goals that I set out to do last year, but I did learn a thing or two along the way. In particular, I need to run my own race and stop worrying what other people are doing and worry about what works for me. So for next year, I will take this on board and concentrate on building the blog, releasing more of my own patterns (which I hope you will love!) and more tutorials and tricks for you.

Instead of making many goals, I’m choosing one word for this year. My friend Amy from Badskirt has done a word for the year  for the last few years – and I think it’s a marvellous idea. It’s kind of like an anti-New Years Resolution. Although I will still have my business goals, they will tie back to my one word for the year.

For 2016, my one word is going to be consolidate.

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  1. make (something) physically stronger or more solid
  2. combine (a number of things) into a single more effective or coherent whole.

I’ve chosen this word for both its meanings. First I need to strengthen myself, physically and emotionally. I’ve been talking about running my own race for a long time now and to do this, I need to become more strong in my foundations. And, I need to strengthen my body so It will carry me into the second half of my life and beyond.

Second, as a time poor mum, who works full time and runs my own business, I need to work smarter, not harder. This means consolidating and streamlining. Expect to see my blog change over the next months as I move everything into one place as an example.

Choosing a word for the year

Here’s the idea. Instead of resolving to reach a goal or change a behaviour, you pick one word (or two like Pantone did) that will focus you for the next year. The word will be very different for everyone but it will hold a special, personal meaning that resonates just for you. When you

Take some time to decide your word, and figure out what YOU need to focus on the year. Rather than ‘loose weight’ or ‘save money’, choose something that goes beyond this. What kind of person do you want to be? Is there a change you want to make at the core of who you are? Maybe there is a quality in a friend which you could like to improve on for yourself. Resist the temptation to pick twenty things, and drill down on that one word.

It doesn’t need to be a word of action, just one that works for you.

Word for the year suggestions

  • Consistency
  • Discipline
  • Fierce
  • Focus
  • Genuine
  • Generosity
  • Health
  • Learn
  • Mature
  • Optimism
  • Patience

Do you make yearly resolutions? Would one word for the year work for you? I’d love to hear what word you will choose in the comments below.