So it’s 2016 and time for those resolutions. In 2014 I came up with one word to guide me through the year and really define what I needed to focus on – LETITGO. Which is 3 words, I know, and could be why I failed – and is maybe why I didn’t come up with a word for 2015. I tried to find ways to let go of all the baggage, hurt and just plain old crap, but so much happened in 2014 and 2015 that made it hard for my brain and heart to focus on what I wanted to do.

Plus it was really 3 words, so I probably shot myself in the foot with that one.

This year, one word came to me – and let’s say became the clear choice for 2016. My one word is CLEAR.

clear one word

I was reminiscing about childhood today, and a song popped into my head. It’s the theme song from the movie On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, sung by the legend, Ms Streisand. The movie came out in 1970, and it seemed like at least one school class sang it at our elementary or middle school concerts / graduations every year.

It’s a cool movie if you haven’t seen it. But back to me.

Why clear – other than the nostalgic factor? All the things I hope to accomplish can be tied back to this word.

  • Clear my mind to focus on new things or on me. The mental baggage.
  • Clear the remaining stuff out of my life – the boxes of stuff that I’m still carrying around. The physical baggage.
  • Be clear in what I want and be clear with those I communicate this to. Free from doubt. Be transparent.
  • Clear up the diet – and Maggie pointed out it’s clean more than clear, but I’m going with it.
  • Clear my calendar to do some fun things. I didn’t do enough of that in 2015.

Yes, I did not do well last year focusing on my word, and I still have to take care of the letting go thing. It’s the biggest part of the emotional baggage. By clearing the crap out of my life, I’m getting things out of the way so that I can, hopefully, learn to let things go and move forward with a clear mind and full heart.

Wish me luck!

4 Comments on My One Word for 2016 #oneword

  1. Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen)
    January 3, 2016 at 4:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your word choice! I haven’t selected a word since 2013 (that year was “Direction). I can’t bring myself to select one for 2016 – one friend pointed out there have been so many changes maybe I should just sit. Sit it out. The closest one-wordedness I can get for that is #BlankSlate.

    • Linda
      January 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm (3 years ago)

      That has been my challenge – all the changes. I’m ready for some consistency in my life, but don’t know when that will happen. I think BlankSlate is a perfect word.

  2. Tracey Cross
    January 2, 2016 at 6:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Linney – found your blog on the Mostly Blogging Meet n Greet so nice to meet you. Wishing you luck and cheering you on with your word for 2016. I’m still pondering on mine – I know I should be off and running but it’s frustratingly not how I tend to roll. I like your honest and thoughtful writing – I always find that refreshing and inspiring and it’s something I’m working on with mine. Your word this year ties in well with your letitgo word (which by the way is definitely one word and a good one at that) sounds like your steadily heading in a really good direction despite what life throws your direction. Rome wasn’t built in a day or a year for that matter – we are all on our way, all works in progress . Wishing you good success and a clear run in 2016. Looking forward to reading more of your story thru the year. Would love you to come by and take a look around my corner of the world. I’m at

    • Linda
      January 3, 2016 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I will visit. And thank you for the kind words. Here’s to 2016!


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