My 2015 Word of the Year

Every year I pick a word that will be my theme for that year. I love dreaming of the future and each year I take some time to focus on what kind of life I want to live for the next year.



My first year I chose the word Simplicity. I wanted to do just a few things really well. My mantra was “it is better to do just a few things well, than do many things poorly.” I worked on simplifying my life by getting rid of the things that were weighing me down.

The next year was the year of Reading. I wanted our family to be a family of readers. I worked on reading with my kids as well as reading more myself. This was the year I discovered the GoodReads reading challenge and I challenged myself to read 100 books that year. I ended up lowering the number to 75 once I realized this was an excessive goal for the amount of time I had available. I ended up reading 83 books that year, and my love for reading was rekindled.

This year’s theme was Storytelling. Now that 2015 is winding to a close I’m looking back at how this year’s theme worked for me as I focus on the word I will be picking for next year.


This quote has been my quote for the year. It is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite shows (Dr. Who, in case you didn’t know.)

There is something special about stories. I am drawn to stories and I want my life to reflect the story God has given me to live. This year, I have focused on living the story God created for me. It’s tough for me to find the quiet I need to focus. I often struggle with living intentionally in my walk with God. Having three young kids means my life often feels (and looks) chaotic.

Finding my story and living intentionally as a storyteller is one of my life goals. I want to live with intention and purpose.  I don’t want to get swept away by the noise of this world. This year has been a quest to find the story I was created to live.

I’m interested if you have ever used a word or quote as a theme for your year. What words did you use? Do you have any plans for using a theme word next year?

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