Monday, January 11, 2016

My One Word for 2016—Nourish

Wow. Another year over, and already 11 days into a new one! I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown this year. I feel like it was just yesterday when I walked into the store with one of my girls and saw the big sign announcing that it was only 65 days until Christmas. And now Christmas and the New Year are both over and done with—woosh!

Regular readers may have noticed that I have taken a bit of a blogging break this past month. I decided I wanted to spend more time with my family and less time working. So, once I was finished up turning in my grades for the semester, I also put my blog away for a little bit.

Once the semester is over, it's a good time for me to reflect upon the past year in every aspect of my life. In fact, one of my favorite weeks of the year is that time between Christmas and the new year where there are very few obligations. I love to reflect and ponder the year before (the one that went by so fast I barely had time to blink!) and set some new goals and intentions for the coming year (that will probably go by even faster!).
Choosing my 2016 Word of the Year was difficult, but it finally came to me: Nourish

This year I had a lot of difficulty coming up with my word for the year. A big part of that was because my 2015 word of the year was a great big flop. I had chosen the word NOW, thinking that it would help me to procrastinate less and be more productive.

Instead, it completely stressed me out!

Given the fact that I began 2015 with a diagnosis of Lyme disease and a major surgery, it was probably the wrong word and the wrong desire for this time in my life. A year later, I'm only just beginning to feel more like myself again, thanks to the Lyme treatments. But I'm definitely not there yet!

Every time I thought of my word, I would start to feel a lot of anxiety. And even a little depressed that I wasn't doing what I thought I should be doing. And especially that I wasn't doing it RIGHT NOW.

I decided to change the meaning of the word for myself in the fall sometime. Instead, I tried to think of it as a way to remind myself to rest now, to make sure I was taking myself. It helped, but mostly I was still stressed over all the things I wasn't doing.

This year, I didn't want a stressful word! I wanted a word that would really help me where I am right now. I wanted a word that would feel as successful to me as the years I did PEACE, SIMPLIFY, and ABUNDANCE. Those were good One Word years for me.

But I just wasn't coming up with a word that felt right. The Maestro suggested that my word should be HEALTH, but I didn't feel like it was the one. And let me tell you, in past years, I usually find a word and it just really feels right. I made the mistake last year of not waiting until the right word found me—I chose based on what I thought I should be doing rather than what I feel like The Lord wants me to be doing right now.

Anyway, we made our vision boards as a family just before the new year, and I still hadn't come up with a word. I figured I would make a board but that I wouldn't call it my final board until I came up with my darn word!

Here is my vision board:

A small vision board helped define my word of the year.

A couple days later, as I was looking at it hanging above my desk, I realized that I had chosen my word. NOURISH. And my vision board reflects pretty decently the things that means to me. To eat nourishing foods. To nourish my relationships with my husband and children. To nourish my spirit through temple attendance and scripture study. To nourish my financial situation (that sounds weird, but hopefully makes sense!). Finally, to nourish my soul—I do this by reading books, singing and playing the piano, sleeping, and keeping my schedule from getting overwhelming. And I guess I'll keep my home cleaner, too, since I put that on the board as well. But even having a clean environment is something I'd say is nourishing to my soul, too.

So, here's to a very nourishing 2016.

Do you have a word for this year? Reply in the comments—I'd love to hear what it is!

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.

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