My Word For 2016 And How To Choose Yours! #BeBold2016 Linkup

Have you chosen a word to guide you through 2016 yet? Here are three tips to help you choose!

Welcome to the first week of the Be Bold in 2016 linkup! I’m teaming up with some amazing bloggers (Kate, Gina, Allie and Christina) to create a community of goal-sharers and accountability partners for 2016! If you missed the first announcement, you’ll find all out the details in this post

Have you chosen a word to guide you through 2016 yet? Here are three tips to help you choose!

Each Friday in January, we’ll be sharing our goals for the new year and hope that you’ll share them with us! Through this, we can all grow our blogging communities and find cheerleaders and accountability partners to help us own our goals and make 2016 bright and bold! Blogging is better with friends, after all.

If you’d like a reminder of the prompts, head on over here! Now let’s get talking about our words for the year.

Why I’m Embracing Possibility

Have you chosen a word to guide you through 2016 yet? Here are three tips to help you choose!I’m the kind of person who overthinks everything. I worry about the negative outcomes of a situation, and rarely pause to think about what could actually go well.

While the word possibility simply means that there is a chance something might happen without a positive or negative connotation, I’m choosing to embrace it as a positive thing as my word for 2016.

Instead of sidelining an idea because it could turn out poorly, I need to try it anyway and think about what good things can come from it. I want to start making the first move instead of waiting for things to happen.

Here’s how I plan to do this:
  1. Reach out to other bloggers who I admire and would like to collaborate with
  2. Share my struggles and questions so that others can help me (I tend to try to always figure it out myself!)
  3. Do the things that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and stop waiting for the perfect conditions

I can only do that if I think about the magical possibilities that can arise if I put myself out there! Hooray for boldness!

How To Choose Your Word

Have you chosen a word to guide you through 2016 yet? Here are three tips to help you choose!

If you’re at a loss for what word to choose for the year, there are a few things you can start thinking about.

1. What didn’t you have enough of in 2015?

Was there something you felt was missing from 2015? Perhaps you didn’t recognize all that you had to be grateful for or maybe you were lacking in adventure. Think about what you want to spend more time on in 2016 and make that your word.

2. What’s been holding your back?

Have you been avoiding something you’ve dreamed about doing because of fear, doubt, or lack of time? Whatever it may be, think about the opposite of this word. For example, if fear has been holding you back, your word could be bravery. If it’s doubt, you could choose confidence. Did you lack time? Your word could be prioritization.

3. How do you want to feel in 2016?

If you were feeling a little less than excited in 2015, consider how you’d like to feel this year. Relaxed, pumped up, fulfilled? What word would help guide you to feel this way throughout the new year? Maybe it’s contentment, adventure, or passion.

P.S. I HAVE to mention Susannah Conway’s Find Your Word email course because she is a goddess at helping people figure out this kind of stuff.

Join the Linkup!

Be Bold 2016 Linkup

Your turn! If you’ve written a post about your word for 2016, leave a link to it below! We’re all so excited to read about which word you’ve chosen to guide you through 2016.

View the linkup here!

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  • Oooh I love the idea of making the first move! Opening up to possibility and seeing what happens! Such a great concept and idea to live by for the year. I hope to add more possibility in my life as well. Also, checking out that email course since it looks great – even though I chose my word already! So excited to see where this mindset brings you! Have you started your courses yet? I hope January has been great for you so far!

    • I have started them! Online learning is an interesting experience haha but it’s super interesting so far! Thanks so much, Gina! xo

  • I completely relate to your action steps to embracing possibility this year! I also love the idea and application of opening yourself up to possibilities in the world; I know I can close myself off from different situations, ideas and people because I’m afraid of getting hurt, but by living with your arms wide open you invite so much more good into your life rather than bad. I’m excited to see your plans for implementing this word with your blog, health and life!

    • I think it’s pretty nerve wracking to put yourself out there like you said because we’re afraid of getting hurt or that our efforts might go to waste. But it’s so important to believe that good things will always come your way!

  • Cannot agree with you more, Catherine! There is possibility in everything and I cannot wait to read more about how you embrace this as the year goes on. Also really love your guide for finding your focus word! Such a nice touch! :)

  • I love your intention and that you have a solid plan! Mine is more of a fluid plan that kinda worries me, so I should make a solid plan like you! Also love your goal to collaborate and do things even if the timing isn’t perfect – I need to do both of those!

    • Haha I think any plan, whether fluid or solid, is better than no plan! I’m excited to see how you embrace simplicity this year! xo

  • Such a fantastic link up and goal sharing opportunity! My word for 2016 is Unapologetic. As in being confident in my actions and never apologizing for being ME.

    • I am right there with you! It’s so important to not feel like you have to apologize for being you. Sometimes people won’t like it, but you gotta do you, boo.

  • Oh, possibility. That’s such a great word – so hopeful and optimistic! I overthink everything too, so I love this. Embracing the positivity in the possibility. A great way to look at it!

    • “Embracing the positivity in the possibility” – I love how you summed it up right there! There can be so many positive possibilities if you give them a chance!

  • Love it! Possibility is such a good word, Catherine. I’m excited to see where it takes you!

  • Love it! Embracing possibility is perfect especially how it is everywhere around us! So happy to be able to do this project with you!

    • That’s so true, it really is everywhere! Thanks Christina – I’m so glad to have such a bunch of awesome ladies in this linkup!

  • This is so great. This definitely ties in really nicely with the idea of being bold as well. I can’t wait to read more about your specific goals!

  • This is such an interesting word!! I love how your putting it into a positive connotation – it’s definitely inspiring to thing of all the possibilities open to you!

    Happy new year!

  • Beauty in Christ

    I love this ‘One word’ idea! I went for that too this year on my blog. :)

  • Your post and word brought a quote to my mind:

    “For a new year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move!” — Mehmet Murat Ildan

    I’m excited to see where possibility will take you this year.

  • Yes yes yes! Great word, and great link-up! I’m enjoying seeing everyone’s goals for 2016.

  • Mary

    I loved reading all the other words for the year and I wish success for all these lovely ladies who shared them. I chose my word through Susan Conway’s email lessons, and feel it is a right fit for me. The word is DIRECTION – helping me to be more efficient with my goals, time, and life in general. Last year’s word was FLEXIBILITY which was helpful in changes that occurred but left me adrift at times so I hope with my new word, I can be on the right path to getting things accomplished and yet still flexible for new opportunities!

    • That’s a great word, Mary! It’s definitely a great intention to keep you going throughout the year and get you closer to your goals xo

  • Love this post and your word! My word this year is Service. I want to constantly look for ways to be of service to other people. With my business and in my day to day life.

  • I really like this idea!! I still have to think about my word but I realised that I’d like to stop complaining less. I don’t think of myself as a negative person but catch myself often thinking about things super critically before appreciating them. Maybe that can be my word; appreciation. Happy new year, Catherine!
    xx, Pia

    • I feel exactly the same way, Pia! I know I’m not a negative person, but sometimes I say something and it just comes out sounding way more negative than I wanted it to lol. And appreciation sounds like a really good word to go with! Happy new year xo

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