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#OneWord for 2016

One Word for 2016

Yes, folks! Finally! My #OneWord for 2016 has been chosen and it’s DISCOVER! A good, strong word and something that I’ve been thinking about for a really long time.

For me, the end of the year is always a time for reflection. What went right? What didn’t? I spent all of 2015 struggling. I couldn’t manage my schedule. I was stressed. I lacked sleep. My health was not good which undoubtedly was not helped by the other stuff I mentioned. It pains me to admit it, but I was not happy. I am normally a pretty happy person so I fought that and tried to be happy but it was just too much energy to maintain. And really, why should anyone have to fake it?

So when break came around and I had 25 days off, I fell apart. Truthfully, it began over Thanksgiving but didn’t actually happen until I was off.  It’s like something in my head just went “poof” and that was that. No more.

First, I whined. Then became a little angry and then when I ended up hurting my foot I was forced to just sit down and be still and that is when my word came to me. I need to dig deep and discover who I really am and what I really want from life. The way I’ve been living is not the way I want to live.

Just to clarify. Family is good. Marriage is good. I love my family but I feel as if my mind is often occupied with time schedules, work carry-over, the sludge of every day life. I need an overhaul.

I wan to discover:

  • New places (restaurants, book stores, museums).
  • New outdoor spaces (parks, lakes, cool beach spots, etc.)
  • New books.
  • New recipes. I make the same stuff over and over.
  • My creative side. I have one but it’s been buried for too long.
  • New people. FUN, nice people.
  • More beauty in everyday things.
  • Art, and become more familiar with certain artists.
  • Music. I’ve not listened to music in a really long time.
  • New shows. Live theater specifically.
  • Classic or historic places.
  • My style. What the heck is it? I am all over the place.

I could go on and on but you get the idea. Isn’t DISCOVER a great word? It feels so promising and slightly adventurous. I love it.

I’ve been reading about some of your words but in case I missed it, if you have a word, let me know what it is in comments.

Sunday Matters: Lots of Reading Going On

Sunday Matters

I survived my first week back at work. I was a prepping queen and spent every evening prepping for the next day but it paid off. No frazzled mornings. Also, you will all be proud of me but I went to bed early nearly every single night. I know. What? ME! Check my temperature.

Right Now:

I am just kicking back, checking out the morning happenings with my coffee in hand. In a little bit we will hit church and then I will go back for the middle-school ministry. Sundays can be full but it’s a “good” full. Know what I mean?

This Week:

I love that we have the day off on Monday. My husband has to work though which is a drag and I think The Girl still has rehearsal. I should confirm that.

Other than that, I think The Girl has some informal track practices and I have our yearly book selection meeting for book club. Work is ramping up because the semester starts soon but spring is so much easier than fall. Usually. Hoping for a good week.


I just finished The Invaders by Karolina Waclawiak. At first, I loved it, then I didn’t like it, then I loved it again , You will have to wait for the review to hear how I feel about it now. It’s not often that I go back and forth like that with a book.


Not much. I did manage to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and I just bought a copy of Working Girl but what I’d like to see is The Martian on demand. Not sure I’ll have time for it today.


Wings! I made wings again. Very tasty. Also made turkey tacos with lots of cheese and hot sauce and guacamole too, which makes everything better.

One day this week we’ll have breakfast for dinner and another night, my gluten-free version of Hamburger Mac. The rest is up in the air.

Grateful for:

Friends. Some of you know me so well and know when I need a kind word. Thank you.

That’s it from me. What are you up to?