Word of the Year Finalists

I’m getting closer to picking a word of the year for 2015.  It’s proving to be a tough choice this time.  I have it narrowed down to three words and I love all of them.  Here they are (in no particular order):


I often (and yes, sometimes foolishly) follow my heart.  I have to do what I believe in my heart to be the right thing.  This has been pretty much how I’ve done things pretty much my entire life.  When I haven’t followed my heart, it’s usually not been the best outcome.

And of course, I have a cool quote that landed in my inbox late last year.  If you don’t have a quote of the day e-mail or app or something, I strongly encourage you to get one.  I’m not sure where I found mine but I think it was something I probably signed up for years ago.  I can’t find the link for the newsletter but this site sends me a newsletter called Daily Inspiration each day.

Here is the quote I discovered thanks to my daily newsletter containing my first word of the year candidate:


I love the above quote and of course, the word.  Yet, it almost seems too easy to pick a word that is already guiding me.  Time to move on to the second word of the year candidate:


This word just seems a bit appropriate for my life in 2015.  I thought of it when I realized my oldest will be starting high school in August (gulp) and my youngest will be starting his last year of elementary school at the same time.  Plus, I really like it as a reminder to read more this year since I rediscovered how much I enjoyed it again last year (Post coming this week with a list of the books I read in 2014).  Framing each month as a chapter and setting goals that way appeals to me as well.  Yet, I find myself slightly concerned that the word is a bit too narrow.

However, if I broaden things a bit…..I come to my final candidate for word of the year:


Would it just be too strange if I picked a word of the year that contained the actual word?  It almost feels a bit like cheating.  However, I like the idea of using words as the word to remember to use kind words with everyone.


I also like the idea of using words as a reminder to learn new ones and to use the ones I already know wisely.

Now that I’ve shared my three candidates for word of the year, I could use some help making up my mind.  Which of my three words do you like the best?

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10 thoughts on “Word of the Year Finalists

  1. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me

    Hmm…all good candidates, Jean! I think all have great potential. Chapter sticks out as really unique to me – such a great concept. You could look at the reading angle, and the new (or old) stages of life that you and your family will open and close, all making up a greater story by combining them. That’s just my two cents!
    I picked a word last year and am working on a sort of “debriefing” post on that. I’m also trying to decide if I’m going to pick a word again for this year. I think I will and I think I have it almost decided. Stay tuned!
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    1. Jean Post author

      I’m excited to read about your words, both the current and past choices. Thanks for the input!

  2. Keri

    Tough choices! I think I like heart. My word/idea of the year is “be positive” and that kind of echoes the happy, family-centric goals I have for this year. Sometimes following your heart is best!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Be positive is a good choice. I truly do believe following your heart is best and usually leads to the most happiness.

  3. Elizabeth

    I like chapter – I like how it is singular and yet suggests the larger whole book; it encompasses “word” because you can’t write chapters without words; and you must include “heart” in any writing.

    “We’re all stories in the end, just make it a good one, eh?” 🙂

    P.S. Thanks for your inspiration for my word of the year!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks, it was the first word that came to me when I started thinking about what my word of the year for 2015. I really do like your word for the year and am glad I could help inspire you a bit.

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