For the past few years, I have chosen a word that seems to define the life I am living at a particular time. Or, perhaps I should say, a word finds me.
My one little word in 2014 was celebrate.
It was a year of celebration with our first born’s wedding, our 30th anniversary, milestone birthdays, college graduations, a trip to Australia, and more.
Look was my word in 2015 which was fitting because I found myself in new places and I just stopped to look at the world around me. I opened an Instagram account and was able to share what I was looking at as well as see the world through the eyes of others. I even took up bird watching!
I began listing words that seemed important and thought provoking but none seemed quite right until I woke up on New Year’s morning and said
So, this year I am going to take chances, be brave, and try new things. I am going to say yes. And yes, sometimes I will even say “yes” to saying “no.”
Since I try to find books to go along with everything, here the Yes books on my reading list for 2016:
Yes day! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal (author) and Tom Litchtenheld (illustrator)
Yo! Yes! By Chris Rascha (author and illustrator)
Yes by Jez Aborough (author and illustrator)
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
This post is being linked to Ruth Ayres’ blog, Ruth Ayers Writes where she has created a community of bloggers who post things, large or small, that they want to celebrate. Recently she shared a chronicle of her own special words for the past 10 years in a youtube video here.
Have you chosen a word for the year 2016?