LIVE – The Word of the Year

Live - Word of the Year

I’d heard of the word-of-the-year before. I always thought they were cool, but I never came up with one before because it was just too hard for me to figure out a word that could encompass a whole year. But while I was reading a post, suddenly it hit me and the word “LIVE” popped into my head. And that was that.

2016 was a rough year for many people. My family had a rough one too.  My father had a stroke. My mother was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and passed away a couple months later. My kids and I gave up a lot to be there and take care of him. I’m not complaining about it. I understand that it’s something that has to be done sometimes in families. But there was more screen time than I would normally condone. And a lot fewer outings, sporting events, birthday parties, etc. It was fine. We survived.

But I want to make sure 2017 is no longer about surviving. It needs to be about more than that. It’s about learning and laughing. Working hard and pursuing passions. I want my kids to enjoy life, to experience the world they live in, to question, to try, to feel joy. I want to work harder than I’ve ever worked and play more gleefully than I ever have. I want our family to grow closer, smarter, stronger, safer. We will be grateful with what we have. We will explore and seek to understand what we don’t. And we will make sure to give more than we take, to love, and mostly to LIVE.

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4 Comments

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. It must have been a very difficult time for you and your family. I’m grateful for this post. I know there were many times I felt I was just surviving so I love the word you chose! I also want to live and play more gleefully 🙂 best goal I’ve seen. I’ve never chosen a word before either. So I’m glad I read this! My word is Bold. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Paula. It means a lot. I love your word choice for 2017. Bold is such a great word! It’s so…bold! Haha. I love that I even get visual imagery with it. To 2017! 🙂

  2. I am sad that you had such a hard year. I love your spirit. Our minds must be linked because this exactly what my next post is about. In fact the words are almost the same! I understand your desire to live and not just survive. Blessings in 2017.

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