My word for 2016

This is the fifth year in a row that I've chosen a word for the year - I can't believe that I've stuck with it for so long, but it definitely helps me much more than a crazy list of resolutions.  I'm all for resolutions, IN THEORY, but in practice I just make convoluted plans that are just made to be broken. 

So instead I choose one word to focus on. Here are my words so far:

2012: More

2013: Simplify

2014: Me

2015: Real

My word for 2016 came to me quite easily - it's "delight."

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delight

noun  de·light  \di-ˈlīt, dē-\

Simple Definition of delight

: a strong feeling of happiness : great pleasure or satisfaction

: something that makes you very happy : something that gives you great pleasure or satisfaction

Full Definition of delight

1:  a high degree of gratification :  joy; also :  extreme satisfaction

2:  something that gives great pleasure 

3:  archaic :  the power of affording pleasure

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Isn't it great? I'm quite in love with it. Here's to a 2016 full of delights for all of us. 


2015

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It's hard to sum up 2015 - in some ways it was hard, and it others it was great - but honestly, what year isn't? 

In honor of 2015, I thought I'd share some highlights:  

  • I somehow, magically, managed to keep a diary. Not on here (obviously) but on my phone. I used an app, and I forced myself to save a photo or write a line or something to commemorate the day. And I did it every day. Turns out that convenience makes it more likely for me to do things. Huh. 
  • I love my work. I love the people I work with. I remembered that I'm actually good at it and that feels so damn good. I'm sorry this is braggy, but after metaphorically dimming my light jumping back in intellectually was refreshing, bruised egos be damned. I wish I was good at saving the world, but we each exercise our talents where we can. I can't fix you, but I can help you want things you don't need in ways you don't know you need them. 
  • I managed to hate the snow and ice even more than I ever thought was possible. I've managed to impress myself because I did not think it could be done, but I did it. Last winter in Boston nearly killed me.
  • Last year's word was Real. And 2015 was definitely real. This was such a good thing. I'm definitely choosing a 2016 word, just not today. Today I'll just chill and let 2015 go out gently. 

I hope you had a wonderful year - with all the messiness and love and good and bad that life entails.  

Spanish word of the day: Lunes

Lola te está juzgando. 

Lola te está juzgando. 

My doppelgänger has a case of the Mondays.

I'm still not sure what to do with this space, but inspired by this great old fashioned blog, and my absolute lack of discipline in teaching the kids Spanish, maybe I should share a Spanish word or expression a day?

Sounds doable. And it might inspire stories. 

Today's word is Lunes.  

As in,

Hoy es lunes y no tengo ganas de nada. (Today is Monday and I don't feel like doing anything. Or, more simply, we have a case of the Mondays.)