I’ve put a lot of thought into this post. I intentionally made it the last in my end-of-the-year trilogy. When I started this two weeks ago I didn’t have a word picked out… I hoped it would just come to me.
( Part 1 – Reflections on 2015 & Part 2 – Goals for 2016 )

I wanted to really, really love my word. I wanted it to make me a more flexible, aware, spontaneous person. I was hoping for a word that might make me sound adventurous. Maybe “brave” or “ambitious” or “discovery.”

In a way I found that word. I found a word that makes me ready to take on whatever is thrown my way… and it also makes me a little uncomfortable. For 2016 I chose the word:


In 2016 I want to embrace where I’m at right here and now. But I also want to embrace the unavoidable changes- the highs and lows that will happen this year. I want to embrace the waiting period between now and later, and I want to embrace the craziness that happens without warning. I want all the emotions that come with embracing faith and marriage and life.

When I hear the word “embrace” I also think of hugs… which I am not fond of. But a hug is a way to bring someone closer to you and let them in without all the sarcasm and superficiality. And I want to do a little more of that in my 2016, too.


There’s a million different ways to embrace “embrace”, but as I said last week, I really don’t have much structure going on next year. And I guess I can start first by embrace that lackadaisical approach.

When I told K what my word was he completely understood what I meant by it and why I chose it. And that makes me even more excited to make EMBRACE my word of 2016.

So I guess we will start here and see where it takes me… embracing every step along the way ❤︎

Please, please link up below with your post about your word for 2016! I can’t wait to read what word you have chosen (or what word chose you)!



16 thoughts on “My word for 2016

    1. I think if I hadn’t held myself accountable these past two weeks I wouldn’t have a word yet… Last year I saw so many bloggers do this and I opted out, but I feel like I’m in the right place (and mindset) for some self-improvement and growth this year 🙂


    1. Oh nooo! That’s how I am with the “confession/hashtag” posts I do… We should utilized those note apps on our phones/tablets/etc. Haha! I hope it comes back to you soon!!


    1. Thanks, Chelsea! I wanted a word that could improve my life and behaviors and thought process in more ways than one. And I kind of like how it makes me uncomfortable. I mean, I don’t plan to hug every person I meet, but I could definitely stand to dull a few of my pointy edges 😉


  1. Love. I could definitely learn to embrace life’s happenings and turns a lot more… less grasping and more embracing. I’ve been reflecting a lot on the word I chose for 2015 and what my word for 2016 might be. Haven’t found it yet but know it will come 😉 Hope you’re having a great week!!


    1. I am such an anti-change person… My husband adapts pretty quickly but I just don’t. I’m hoping to change that. I’m also super impatient, so embracing the quiet and in-between time will be a focus for me, too! I can’t wait to hear what word comes to you- I know it’ll be perfect!


    1. Thanks, Mattie! When I read through blog posts and FB status from this time last year I know I was in a totally different place- this year has been more about focusing on myself and where I’m at in life. I know that applying my word to 2016 will really help with that!


    1. I’m so happy to put the idea of embracing life and challenges and the everyday into practice. I’m glad it works so well for you!! Technically I’m kicking it off in 2016 but I think I’ll be practicing embracing the craziness of Christmas this weekend! Ha!


  2. Great choice! I need to do a bit more embracing myself… I’ve never chosen a word for the year before, but it’s a great idea. An easy way to keep you on track for your goals/mentality. Good luck in 2016! 🙂


    1. This is the first time I’ve picked a word for the year, Cherie! I think it will be challenging to incorporate it every day/week/whatever, but it’s something I’m excited to try!! Thanks for the encouragement!


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