December 31, 2015

NYE 2015 Stuff and Things

Oh, the last day of the year.  Where did the time go?

So last year, I chose two words for 2015. Persevere and Abide.  I never really followed up on the initial post where I proclaimed this, but I did think about the words.  Persevere, for instance, is what I say to kids who give me helpless shrugs.  Don't tell me you "can't". Persevere.  It's really just an educational way of saying Deal with it. I think, if it's said in the right context, it can also mean Bye Felicia. In the nicest way possible.

So anyway, I did persevere this past year.  I dealt with deployment, NTC, and all the complications that go along with life in general pretty well.  I think I can shelve perseverance for 2016. It's just kind of part of me now. In reality, it's been part of me since 2009 when this whole army thing began.

Moving on to Abide. This is kind of a different story. I'm not good at it, so it makes sense that I chose to work on it in 2015, but I don't think I actually worked on it that much.

The definitions for abide that I feel apply to me:

And you'll notice that a synonym for abide is none other than persevere, so maybe I did work on abiding. After all, it says nothing about patience in the definition of abide and patience was what I was attempting to work on. However, do I believe that I really accepted things as they are? No. I try to put my earthly hands into the cog of the machine as much as possible, in an attempt to control.  So abiding is something I might table for a future year.  Definitely not 2016.

So, words for 2016...any ideas?  I can't really come up with one and I don't even know that I want to, but Gretchen says it's a good idea to hold your focus...sometimes I don't know that I WANT a focus because too many focuses (let's face it, this is what happens) lead to too much much stuff happening and that equals stress and burn out.

Maybe balance. Or retreat. Because lately I've been thinking about going back to the roots of what makes me happy, not constantly trying to become someone I'm not. Or maybe amend or ameliorate.  That's what I'll do...pick a super obscure word like ameliorate.  I might have to think about this for a week...

Did you pick a word for 2016? Did you follow through on any words for 2015?


  1. i didn't pick a word for 2015 (or 2016) but i like the idea of it. i also like the idea of getting back to what makes you happy.. i think for a long time i tried to like things or do things that other people did, essentially trying to be someone else, and it so exhausting. i am much better at just doing what makes me happy now, which might not be exciting to others, but that's not what matters. happy NYE :)

  2. I love your word ideas but I don't think I could pick just one. Anywho have a great New Year's!

  3. I can't get in to the word for a year thing...I'm really bad at it. But I think you did pretty well with yours! :)

  4. You did great with your word, I can't seem to come up with one.

  5. Crap, I forgot today was Thursday. I will be back on the linkup train next week. My brain is not processing weekdays right now.

    I don't pick words, I get overwhelmed and then I overthink. LOL

    Happy New Year!

  6. I've never picked a work, but I love the idea of it. Maybe 2016 is my year! Now to narrow it down! :) Happy New Year!


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