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My One Word for 2016: Brave #OneWord365

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For the fourth year in a row I am picking my one word for 2016.  This was inspired by my friend Melanie over at Southern Melle.  Melanie, in turn was inspired by Alece at OneWord365.com.  The idea is to come up with your “theme” for the year, or as Alece puts it:

Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. 

Choose just one word.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

Here is my one word button which I made, with a little help from Melanie:

one word 2016

Why did I pick brave? I had named 2011 my “year of no fear“.  2012 was a year of extreme fear, which led me to pick “courage” as my one word for 2013.  Once I learned to conquer many of my fears I needed to gain some self-confidence, which was my word for 2014.  I learned not to second guess myself and to own my decisions.  2015 was the year for hope.  During this past year I practiced believing, even in the absence of proof, that things would get better.  And what do you know, they have!!

one word 20162016 is the year for brave.  Art and I can see lots of adventures and challenges ahead of us in the year to come and being brave will definitely help me get through them all.  Being brave also means that I will (hopefully) get better at speaking up for myself.

The brave woman is not she who does not feel afraid, but she who conquers that fear.
– Nelson Mandela (adapted)

What is your word for the new year?