Time to Celebrate 2016

Did you celebrate last night?

Our new year’s celebration was rather low-key around here.  The boys spent the night with their cousin so we lived it up and went to our favorite pizza place for dinner.  We opted to pass on the fancy galas in favor of going home to watch television. We did actually stay awake until midnight.  We’re very exciting people.

I’ve been missing from my blog for a while.  The last time I published anything was the end of October!  Whoops.  No huge ordeal or reason, just busy with life and work and bit of writer’s block during the few times I could have written. Time to celebrate, I’m back!

For those of you who liked my Facebook page or followed my blog during my 2 month absence, thank you!  It really does make my day a bit to see that.  And of course, thank you to anyone who is still bothering to read this after my long pause. Time to simply jump back into things.

It’s word of the year time so…did you choose a word for 2016 yet?

I think I found myself stuck somewhere in chapter 2 of my 2015 word(s) of the year.  I could spend a lot of time analyzing what went wrong but the short answer would be that it probably isn’t a good idea to make a plan to change your word of the year 12 times.  It’s a bit daunting.  It kind of takes away from the idea of focusing on one thing for the year, huh?

I have already settled on a rather unlikely word for 2016.  It jumped out at me from a plastic wine glass in the Dollar Tree.  Unlikely, place for a source of inspiration but it is true you never know when inspiration will strike.

I went through some options:   use (or use depending on the sentence…I admit to really like the dual purpose of that one.  It played to my indecisive nature), health (I considered it long enough to realize how badly it made me want to just go eat an entire bag of crunchy Cheetos), and embrace (I do like this but it wasn’t quite the word).  Ultimately, I kept coming back to that word that caught my eye in the Dollar Tree.

Announcing the winner for word of the year 2016… celebrate

Celebrate is my word of the year for 2016!

I was a bit afraid to make this my choice at first which is why I entertained embrace for a bit.  I was afraid it might seem a bit trivial and shallow to pick a word like celebrate.  I worried it might be a bit insensitive when people close to me are hurting after a hard 2015.

Last year was hard and heavy.  It wasn’t all bad but it left me not wanting to spend so much time being serious.  I want each day to be special and fun and more focused on the positives rather than the mundane and negative things that seem to be in surplus in so many places and with so many people.

I want to celebrate the big things and little things:

  •  I want to celebrate by remembering birthdays and actually sending cards (something I’m notoriously bad about doing)

  •   I want to celebrate good health and maybe not eat the entire bag of those crunchy Cheetos

  •   I want to celebrate by entertaining and hosting friends and family for dinner just because…

  •  I want to make each holiday feel special and worth a wonderful celebration.

  •   I want to celebrate life by doing the things I enjoy (like actually posting on the blog-ha!).

Simply put, I want 2016 to be a celebration of all the good things in my life.

Have you decided on a word for your 2016 yet?  I’d love to hear what you choose.

*I just linked up with Create with Joy where she’s hosting a blog hop for sharing your one word, goals, and resolutions.  Lots of inspiration over there if you are still searching for your word or resolution for 2016.

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16 thoughts on “Time to Celebrate 2016

  1. Agnes

    Just did my link up also…love yours. We should all celebrate just the fact that we are alive, and well and able to do so. Hubby says as long as he opens his eyes in the morning…it’s a good day. I feel life gets in the way of our celebrating….we should all take time to enjoy – time flies by way too fast. Happy New Year!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks! Your husband’s saying makes me think of my husband’s grandfather who always says another birthday is better than the alternative 😉 Happy New Year to you as well!

  2. Jessica S

    I love that. Celebrate is such a good word to live off of for the new year. Putting a spin and choosing to celebrate all things of 2016 is great.
    I chose Love, Peace and Happiness for my New Year theme

    1. Jean Post author

      I absolutely love your New Year theme! What a great idea to go with an entire theme. P.S. I hopped over to your site to see what you’ve been up to lately and unless you are selling cell phones at highly discounted price and posting in foreign languages, I think you may have been hacked 😉

  3. Amy

    What a great word, and great goals. I too, stink at sending birthday cards, especially on time! 🙂 I hope you find lots of time to celebrate this year, and many special occasions, big or small to practice on.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’m glad I’m not the only one struggling with sending birthday cards on time. I should say any cards as I just opened my address book last night and found a Christmas card all ready to go sitting in it. Oops! I sent it anyway since I say the Christmas season doesn’t officially end until January 6th. That sounds good, right? Hope you have a wonderful new year as well.

  4. Janet K

    Celebrate should be a great word for 2016! A few years ago I had the word, Joy, which I enjoyed so much! I hope you find joy in celebration this year.

  5. Christine

    Jean- your word of the year gave me a huge smile. What an awesome thing to focus on and what a great reward this year will be to you and your family.

    Glad to see you back in the blogging world. You have been missed, friend 😀

    1. Jean Post author

      Aw, thank you. I do think I’m going to have some fun with my word. Like this morning, I’m celebrating being out of milk by having whipped cream in my coffee 😉 I am happy to be blogging again, can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to over on your blog.

      1. Christine

        Okay, forget “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. From now on, it’s “when life runs out of milk, use whipped cream” 😀 I love that!

        1. Jean Post author

          Thanks! I still prefer milk in my coffee but whipped cream does make it feel kind of special.

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