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My 2015 Word of the Year + Linkup

Happy New Year! Today’s NaBloPoMo writing prompt asks, “What are your resolutions for the new year? Tell us how you picked them.” Well, perhaps it’s the rebel in me, but you know what? I’m really not great with resolutions. Oh, I’ve made them in the past… and I’ve had the very best of intentions when doing so… but sooner or later (usually sooner!) I begin to resent the abrupt change in lifestyle and strict, unrealistic rules I’ve imposed upon myself and, inevitably, give up in frustration.

Resolutions, for me, seem to be a waste of effort.

But in 2014 I tried something new for the first time: instead of making a bunch of unattainable resolutions, I claimed an inspirational word and then used that word and what it represented to set the tone for my year and lay a path for the direction in which I wanted to head. No dramatic changes, no regulations, and no need for rebellion – just a gentle, thoughtful focus to guide my behaviour and choices. And as it turned out, I liked and benefited from the practice so much that I decided to make it my new tradition… so here I am, back for another go at it in 2015!

Word of the Year

At the heart of my chosen word for the coming year is a desire to improve my life by taking small steps to change my attitude and reframe my thinking. Not a massive overhaul or giant leap or unsustainable commitment; rather, a SHIFT from listening to the lie of perfectionism that says, “If I can’t do everything, then I’m going to do nothing”… to acting on the truth that even five minutes of productivity with purpose is life-improving.

My 2105 Word of the Year - "Shift"

My 2105 Word of the Year – “Shift”

Already today I’ve had two small affirmations that I’m on the right track. The first came as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed this morning and saw a post by Jamie Oliver about the new YOU-app for the iPhone which provides daily “simple micro-actions” for you to carry out along with a platform to share photos of and comments about your actions. The goal of the app team is to “empower our users to make change happen in their own life. We want to go from the smallest individual action to the biggest change possible.”

Right up my alley!

The second instance occurred when I was doing my first-of-the-month ritual of changing my computer desktop wallpaper to one of the new calendar designs featured on Smashing Magazine, and came across one with text in a beautiful script reminding me to Start Somewhere.

Yes, that’s it – exactly!

So, thus affirmed and eager to go, here’s to a SHIFT in my thoughts and actions in 2015.

Now it’s your turn!

Here’s how you can get involved in the 2015 Word of the Year linkup:

  1. Write and post an entry in your own blog about the word you chose for 2015.
  2. Share the URL to your post by clicking the “add your link” button at the end of this post and filling out the information.
  3. Important! Please share the 2015 Word of the Year linkup with your blog readers by clicking the “get the InLinkz code” link at the end of this post and copy/pasting the appropriate code into your blog post.
  4. Visit some of the blogs listed in the linkup and comment on their posts.

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NaBloPoMo January 2015
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Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • elly stornebrink
    January 1, 2015

    That’s an unusual, i.e., different word but an excellent choice Laurel. I so too require a shift in my thinking and like you say, it only takes s slight change in focus or even a few minutes of time. Thanks for the idea and I will ponder that word too as part of mine. The word I chose came to me spontaneously which is probably the best way. Wishing you an awesome shift-filled year Laurel! 😉 <3
    elly stornebrink recently posted… 2015: Here I Come!My Profile

  • ElaineLK January 1, 2015

    Hi, Laurel, that isn’t a word I expected, but I like it and I like your explanation of what it means to you and why you chose it. Mine came naturally to me this year. I like the idea that big change occurs in small increments, and I especially like this: “even five minutes of productivity with purpose is life-improving.” I know you’ll succeed in making the changes you want to make this year. Happy new year!

  • elly stornebrink
    January 1, 2015

    p.s. I think it’s great that the universe conspired to give you a sign, i.e., confirmation of your choice of word for the year Laurel. 🙂 <3
    elly stornebrink recently posted… 2015: Here I Come!My Profile

  • Chris Loehmer Kincaid January 1, 2015

    I just started thinking about what word to choose for 2015. My word for 2014, which just sat there on my desk for 11 months, suddenly reared its head for the month of December and totally saved my sanity. It kinda puts the pressure on the new word, huh?

  • Gail Akeman
    January 1, 2015

    Hello. I am coming from the Ultimate Blog challenge. I added my year word to your linky as well.
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  • Carrie Ann Tripp (
    January 1, 2015

    I finally chose my word today. I’ve been working on it since late October. Last year my word was Seek. I really liked the concept and the process as last year was my first year to do My One Word. I am going to try to remember to come back and join your linky after I get my post written about my 2015 word!
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  • Sammy d January 1, 2015

    Laurel – it is amazing how our two seemingly unconnected words – Shift and Cadence – are both rooted in our desire/determination to keep things moving, not get bogged down by all or nothing perfectionism, to hear the beat, to make the most of moments and not always wait for time to be ‘right’.

    I will enjoy seeing you Shift in 2015!
    Sammy d recently posted… And the Winner Is …My Profile

  • Dorit Sasson January 1, 2015

    I struggle with “faith” daily but over time, it’s getting easier. So I guess I’ll stick to faith since having a strong foothold on faith can determine a lot of things this year for me…:)

  • Krithika Rangarajan January 1, 2015

    Hey Laurel

    Your word is fantastic. Mine is somewhat similar: courage

    I struggle with a lot of issues – physical and psychological – but the one thing I have always lacked is courage. I have too many fears that inhibit me from taking those baby steps for a lasting positive change.

    I have some ambitious ideas for 2015, and each one of them will require courage: courage to dream, courage to love, courage to ACT, courage to accept and courage to experience.

    I am going to start by tackling one of my greatest fears: talking over the phone.

    I am not joking. The thought of calling anyone gets my heart pounding and my hands sweaty. But, today, I am going to call my cousin and ask for her address because I want to send her kids some New Year gifts.

    So wish me luck 😉

    Here’s to a hopeful, happy and honorable new year #HUGSSSSS

    Love ya

    PS: I did something else that was different this year: created an ‘A to Z Personal Manifesto’ as my guiding mantras 😀

    • Laurel Regan
      January 2, 2015

      Courage is a great goal for the year, and I’m really impressed that you’ve chosen it and are already starting to tackle some of your fears. I definitely wish you luck – I know you can do this! All the very best in 2015. 🙂
      Laurel Regan recently posted… Photo Friday: StillnessMy Profile

  • Elizabeth Rebecca January 1, 2015

    I love this post – I’ll try and get my own done tomorrow.

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  • Debi
    January 1, 2015

    SHIFT…that’s a great word! Perfectionism can really stop you in your tracks. I don’t have a word yet. And I’ve learned not to force it. Maybe one will come soon. Or not. Either way, it’s gonna be a great 2015!
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    January 2, 2015

    That is a wise word. With time we do become complacent and rigid in our ways. Shift will give you a new perspective on things.
    I too have chosen my word and shall put my post ASAP.
    Inderpreet Kaur Uppal recently posted… Anything Is Possible, If Only You Believe!My Profile

  • Swathi Shenoy January 2, 2015

    I love this idea. Its better than resolutions which I always end up breaking! If I have to pick a word, then it will be ‘Change’ or maybe ‘Transformation’ will suit the purpose better I guess 🙂

  • Rajlakshmi January 2, 2015

    I loved the idea of using words as resolution. I think it’s brilliant, makes our goals attaintable. Beautiful Zentangle too.
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  • Life Breath Present January 2, 2015

    What a great word! Sometimes a SHIFT is all that’s needed to get anywhere. I mean even a vehicle can’t do anything without SHIFTing! 🙂
    Life Breath Present recently posted… Happy New YearMy Profile

  • Lisa Mallis
    January 2, 2015

    Great word! A few weeks ago I started planning for 2015 with a friend of mine – and I as I was looking at different areas of my life I found myself saying “this will happen if I focus on X” and “as long as I’m deliberate when I do X, this will work” etc. As we started to finish up, I announced “my word for the year is going to be deliberate”. I was so excited to read your post today and see so many other people “have” a word for the year!
    Lisa Mallis recently posted… How Do You Set Your Goals?My Profile

  • Snarky Momma With
    January 2, 2015

    I really liked your post. Yours was the first I read that made me consider actually doing the word of the year. I am not doing the resolution, but am simply trying to leave my baggage behind me. Now I have to start thinking. That will really make my head hurt!
    Great post!

  • Shailaja/ The Moving Quill
    January 3, 2015

    Really loving the word you have chosen for yourself, Laurel! Mine is far more sedate but I hope I can live up to it all year long 🙂 Thanks for the linkup <3
    Shailaja/ The Moving Quill recently posted… 2015- Word of the YearMy Profile

  • Francene Stanley
    January 3, 2015

    I like this thought: even five minutes of productivity with purpose is life-improving. If you consider the ramifications, each effort you make, no matter how short your time, can make a difference to the whole of your life.
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    • Laurel Regan
      January 3, 2015

      You are so right about that! I will continue to remind myself of that throughout the year, and hopefully develop some good habits along the way that stick with me well past 2015.
      Laurel Regan recently posted… Photo Friday: StillnessMy Profile

  • Arvilla January 3, 2015

    Like your blog and your name. I feel honored to be chatting amongst all the other commenters. My word is gratitude, an attitude of thankfulness for all that happens.

    • Laurel Regan
      January 3, 2015

      So glad you stopped by, and love the word you’ve chosen! I actually post a gratitude list on this blog each Sunday (along with a linkup for others to add their own gratitude posts), and ever since I started doing so I’ve noticed a real difference in my own life and attitude. Such an important focus.
      Laurel Regan recently posted… Photo Friday: StillnessMy Profile

  • Aditi
    January 3, 2015

    Absolutely adore this idea! 🙂 Love your choice of word and so good to see that you are already living up to it! Cheers and thanks for the link up!
    Aditi recently posted… Embrace – My Word for 2015My Profile

  • Gina Harlow January 3, 2015

    Thank you for nudging me to think. To think of words as more than what I use to fill a page, but as what I use to infuse my thinking and my spirit! Just one! I love that!

  • Michelle Westbrook
    January 4, 2015

    I am so excited to see this! I came searching for the gratitude list linkup to see if you are still doing one… and then I see this!! I was going to add a linkup to my blog for my one word for 2015, which I believe is the same! I will be posting it on Tuesday and be glad to add your inlinkz code! Thank you…
    Michelle Westbrook recently posted… 7 Resolutions For a Happy New Year {Link-Up}My Profile

  • Carol Cassara
    January 6, 2015

    “Start somewhere” resonated with me this morning. Starting somewhere is the key to any progress. Thank you!
    Carol Cassara recently posted… Pay kindness forwardMy Profile

  • Ina January 8, 2015

    Just what I need. I am doing a major shift right now in my life. The going is good but the shift is needed to over come stagnation. I suppose to shift towards something positive is not bad at all, now is it? Marking your blog up in my daily read.
    Ina recently posted… The Bygone year My Profile

  • Mandi
    January 11, 2015

    I love your word. Great perspective. I can totally relate.

  • Donna Hanton January 12, 2015

    I like the idea of picking a word for the year – it’s a fairly new concept to me. And I love your word. It’s not typical, but I see how it could be very meaningful and have impact.
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