I’m in a Facebook blogging group & earlier in December someone had asked the question about what will be our “word of the year.” I had seen these blog posts before on Twitter or in Facebook where you pick out a word that symbolizes what your intention is for the year. It can be tied to a goal or a resolution. Perhaps it is connected to a theme or something you want to “celebrate” in the new year. Can it be all of the above? Sure…just as long as it resonates with you!
So what is my word for 2016? Drum roll…
Yes, that’s right, my goal or intention for 2016 is about being “positive.” So much has happened in this last year…in our nation (our national news coverage can be depressing at times), in the world (what is happening at a global level gives me pause) & even at home (I’ve changed jobs twice this last year, but granted these are freelance positions). At times when I watch the television news, I’m reminded of that show that MTV’s Daria used to watch called “Sick, Sad World.”
So rather than focusing on the negative, I would prefer to focus on the positive. You’ve heard about that attitude of “glass half full?” That is going to be me this year! Generally I am a positive person, but it helps to set that “intention” so that you can remind yourself when you are feeling down. Remember…
I also want to mention that in addition to “keeping my chin up” even when life hands me some lemons, my other goal or intention is to remain body-positive. What is body-positive? Check out this article that was published today on Health.com regarding body-positive resolutions. What I would personally like to focus on is the practice of “self-talk.”
Remember when I went to the Pearl xChange event back in November? One of the speakers at the conference was Jess Weiner who encouraged us to “speak beautiful.” She also touched on body-positivity & how the road to self-discovery & confidence can be both messy & raw. As a mom of a young girl, I really enjoyed listening to her talk about her work with Dove & the self-esteem workshops that they host for young girls. Check out this blog post that Jess Weiner wrote back in October regarding a new Dove campaign. It is so enlightening to read about how social media impacts our children, especially girls.
So this brings me to my next point. So many times, our new year’s resolutions & goals center on our weight & body issues. So since I am focusing on being positive for 2016 (as well as being “body-positive”), I’d like to talk about Jess Weiner’s book called Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Now. I am all about eating healthy & staying fit, but this book addresses the subject of body acceptance & self-esteem. Now I know that I am not the only one who could benefit from these tips, so be sure to check out this book, as well as Jess Weiner’s other book A Very Hungry Girl, wherever books are sold.
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I’m still working out my word for 2016. My 2015 word was “bold” and I’m torn between “sparkle” and “strong” as my 2016 word. I’ve got a few more days to figure it out. But I love your word!
Great word of the year! I’m right there with you in the awareness of how to build my daughter’s self esteem. Mine was so low growing up and I hope to change that and help pumpkin continue in her strong, assertive self!
Great choice, Jen! I have loved choosing a word this yr but am very late this time around, I just posted mine though & its “Bliss” 🙂
Mary recently posted…My Word for 2016 (finally)!
The name of the book really caught my attention. It is something that we all can remember
Chris - What I Run Into says
My word is ‘commit.’