Word of the Year – 2015

February 12, 2015

If you ask Oxford Dictionary’s editors what the WoTY is, they will tell you it is symbolic of the “ethos, mood, or preoccupations of that particular year” usually chosen in the final quarter. In 2013 the word of the year was “selfie”. Oh yes, that’s a real word now, in a real dictionary folks! Let that sink in for a minute. But first, let me take a selfie! Ok ok… Bad pun. I know. But bear with me. Let’s chat a bit about why taking this concept and tweaking it just a bit is the most amazing concept for goal setting I’ve ever known.

 Instead of a New Years resolution I chose a single word to represent my year. This means a few really awesome things for me. No resolutions to promptly break or unrealistic goals being set.  I’m a naturally rebellious person, and by rebellious I mean if I have to do something, I don’t want to – even if I want to.  It helps keep me on track without being confined by say “this year I’m going to avoid processed sugar”, and then along comes Thin Mints to rain on that little parade! (little flashback to 2014 there) Can I get a hell yeah?? Also it’s very universal. And inspirational. And just downright awesome.

So what does this magic word do then? Well – it’s more guideline than rule and more growth aid than restriction. It’s a concept I’ve seen other makers use as well and honestly, I love this! I can consult this word in my personal projects, business decisions, or interactions with people. I’ll use it to help me to realize hidden potential and instead of the negative “I can’t” or “I’m quitting _____” that a resolution generally is centered around.

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When I sat down to chose my word for this year, I knew I wanted something that was already important to me but maybe I could make myself integrate into all these aspects of life a little bit better.  My very favorite book of all time is Walden, by HD Thoreau. In that book there is a quote that has always hung in our home and has always been very important to me. It reads “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and to see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”  BINGO. Live deliberately. Break that down to deliberately and from there it’s just taking action and keeping it in mind!

Does this mean I always make the perfect choice? Or that I am always right? Nope – sure doesn’t.  It just means that everything I do is done consciously, or deliberately. Did I DELIBERATELY eat 14 Thin Mints? Sure did!  Did I DELIBERATELY chose to write this blog, and open up a vulnerable part of my life to all of you? Sure did! Deliberately means not falling victim to my own subconscious and everything I do is done with purpose. And you know what? It’s done wonders for my business direction, my personal relationships, and even my relationship with food and my fitness goals.




The best part? It’s totally not too late to get started with your own word for 2015! I just recently participated in a super fun Valentine’s Swap through Craft Junkies. My swap mate knew about my word and sent the most thoughtful gift and I just have to share! That totally awesome hoop art up there is such a pretty reminder for my creative space. (Side note: check out her shop here!)

So what motivates you? What do you want to bring into your life this year?  I’d love to hear from you!


Love & light,


31 thoughts on “Word of the Year – 2015

  1. Robin Masshole Mommy

    this was the first year I had heard of choosing a word for the year. I like the idea of it, but I think I missed the boat this year. But at least I have 11 months to think of one for next year.

  2. Nancy

    I watched a TedEx youtube video of the person who actually edited the dictonary and added new words to it each year. You should watch it! It’s OUR fault for the word selfie being in there! haha

    1. kendace Post author

      It is most definitely our fault! Last year was “vape”. Their selection process is actually quite cool. I think it’s interesting (and completely discouraging) to see our language evolve as time goes on. I’ll have to find that video – sounds interesting!

  3. Sharon

    What motivates me? I want to be better than who and where I came from and I want to make sure that when I die everyone cries like a baby…okay, that went a little too far, but you get it.

    This year I want to not eat 14 thin mints…or 14 or anything at one time. But seven? Yeah, I could handle 7 😉

  4. Angie

    Your Word of the year is very similar to mine! My word is Intentional, or to live intentionally. It’s still a work in process:-). Best wishes in being deliberate!!

  5. zei rojas

    Oh Lord. I haven’t picked a word… I need to do this… ASAP! In simple terms my family is what motivates me the most… but not sure if family should be my word as is something I always have in mind. It has to be something related to everything else…

  6. Eliz Frank

    It can be a fun exercise to do and as long as you stay connected to it and feel free to change it, that works for me. I used to choose one too.

  7. Dawn McAlexander

    I think my word of the year might be “travel.” I haven’t done a whole lot of travel besides a few surrounding states but I went on my first cruise {the Western Caribbean} last month and we have another one booked for December {to the Southern Caribbean}.

  8. Kay

    I’ve seen a lot about OLW or WotY (either or!) yet I’ve never actually picked one for myself. I always feel like I would stress myself making sure I adhere to it. That said – I absolutely LOVE your word choice for the fact that it doesn’t denote a negative OR a positive. It’s just something to keep in the back of your mind when you make a decision. That’s perfect. Great pick!

  9. Racquel Schroder

    Great Idea. I think that my word for the year will be “present”. It’s so easy to get distracted from what you are doing, especially with the little ones. Working from home is great because it lets you be around them but it doesn’t mean that you are “present” with them unless you make sure to be.

  10. Erin

    I absolutely love your word and your reason for it! Nothing quite tops living with purpose and intention. Good luck on your journey with it this year. <3

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