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Monday, January 4, 2016

Choosing Your Word for the Year-2016

(never mind that this is 4 days late)

I’m not a resolution kinda girl but choosing a word for the year helped me keep things in perspective. Last year I remember complaining about how hard the previous year was to my godmother and that I was looking forward to 2015 and she got me together and shut my pity party right on down! With perspective aligned, I came to the realization that 2014 was a fight that I came through and declared 2015 my year to just keep going, my Keep Going Year. There were a few things I did to keep it in mind and it helped me choose my word for 2016.

In 2015 I pushed through! Professionally and in Motherhood, I really put in the work. 

*Professionally: I stopped complaining and DID more. I realized it was a toxic space and that there was but so much I could do to change it, so while my supervisor didn’t “win” I wasn’t happy there and who has time for that? So I finalized my projects and papers, put my resume out in faith, and landed a position I am so much happier in. I’m humbled to hear co-workers and administrators tell me how happy they are that I’m working with them and how much easier I’ve made things and I just started in September! 

*In Motherhood: I took a more aggressive approach to homeschooling because when you realize that these “advanced” classes are programed to just get your child to pass a test you step in the subsidize and now Chunks knows Thomas Edison did NOT invented the lightbulb as well as how to fill in a scantron sheet ::quick side eye:: I also maintained a better relationship with the Wasband and things there are healthier. 

*In All Things Candace: Taking time for me is not selfish and I know this now. I’m proud to say I’ve actually been paid for my photography and I’m looking forward to doing more of it and learning more. I didn’t do well in maintaining friendships and relationships as well as I’d like but I’ve added more relationships to consider. Financially I’m in a MUCH better place than I’ve ever been, saving consistently, budgeting properly, and cutting back on emotional shopping.


2016 is all about building on all of that, I’d like to look back on this year even more advanced and productive at work, stronger in who I am as Candace, experiencing life with less fear, progressing with the Wasband, building my photography up more and more, seeing more of the world, and encouraging Chunks to just be great! I wish the same for you!

Tips for keeping your word this year,

  • Choose a word/phrase that you’d like to live out with meaning
  • Keep the word in a prominent space so you’re always reminded of it (Screen-Saver, Vision Board, bulletin board, etc)
  • Lay out a plan to live that word/phrase out in REALISTIC ways (3mo, 6mo, 9mo attainable goals)
  • Keep reminders around that will help realign your vision in the thick of things and the year is 6 months old