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2016 Words of the Year + A Survey


Hello everyone!  It feels so good to be sitting here typing at my laptop once again after taking a few weeks away to enjoy the holidays.  The weeks around the Christmas holiday are always my time to regroup after a year of blogging and plan where I'd like to see my life go in the new year.

Are you having a successful start to 2016?

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For the past few weeks, I've been attempting to put this post together filled with my plans and visions for 2016.  Believe me.....I've got a lot.  But actually putting everything into words and coherent sentences has been difficult.  I would type and then backspace to erase.....I completed a paragraph and then started rewriting a completely new one.  These beginning of the year posts always tend to get pretty reflective, and sometimes border on whiny and I wanted to avoid that.

To be quite honest, I feel as though I'm in need of a total life makeover.  Not that there is anything inherently wrong with my life or my blog, but I almost feel as though I'm not actually living my own life, if that makes any sense.  I haven't been living my best life.  There are choices I've made in the past and emotions I've allowed myself to think that have kept me from realizing my true potential.    It has been tough to sum up so many life changes in one short post.

Near the end of 2014, I had an overwhelming feeling that there was going to be some changes happening in the upcoming year.....and it wasn't a good feeling.  Although it wasn't anything overly tragic, things did happen and they altered where my year (and mind) went.  At one point, I was so down about not accomplishing my resolutions I even threw away my list of goals for the year.  (Which turns out to be pretty sad because I do remember some of the things on that paper and by the end of the year I did accomplish them.)

And why do I bring this up now, you ask?  Because as this past year came to a close, I had an overwhelming feeling again.  But this time, it felt good.  I'm lacking a crystal ball and am unable to actually predict the future, but there is just something inside of me letting me know that this year is going to be different.  Better.  Filled with opportunity and happiness.  But how it turns out is actually all up to me.

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Let's suffice it to say that there are many alterations coming to my life and this blog.  (One of them being the design as you can see.  There are still a few tweaks to be made, but hopefully I'll share a little more about it next week.)  Today I will gloss over a few of the big picture ideas and let you in on my words of the year that I'm focusing on.  (And yes, I said words, because one just isn't enough for a total life makeover!)

And then through the coming weeks, I'll share more bits and pieces of where my life is headed.  I want you to be able to take this journey right along with me as I'm sure there are changes you are working on as well.  Besides, if I were to share every detail here today you would get nothing else done than to read my post!

And at the end of today's post, I've got a short survey that I hope you'll take the time to answer so that I can be sure that I'm providing the most pleasant experience for you here.

I'm focused more on making life changes in 2016 rather than setting resolutions.  A resolution is something that can (and normally is) broken.  But I've created more of a vision for where I want to see my life and blog go this year and realize that it is going to be a year long process that will have ups and downs, good days and bad days.  With a guiding plan rather than a few simple resolutions I'm accepting the fact that I am going to make mistakes and not every day is going to lead me where I want to go.  But I can do that with the knowledge that tomorrow is another chance to start over and continue on the right path.  There is no giving up and throwing away my vision this year.

Cozy cup of coffee and my 2016 word of the year.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com


So my 2016 Words of the Year are......

AUTHENTIC

It is so easy to be swayed into thinking we have to be like everyone else.  And it is a dangerous thing to think because sooner or later you realize that you've never become the other person and you no longer have any clue who you are anymore.  This year I am focused on ME.  I'm going to be posting about the topics that interest me and do it in my own style.  And the things I do with my time are going to be my personal choices as well.  I'm done doing things just because someone else expects it do be done.  I've got to make my decisions based on what is best for my life and feels right in my heart.

INTENTIONAL

While I always have plans and visions, I allow other people and things to derail me from my goals. For example, I can be working on a blog post and suddenly have the desire to spend an hour on Pinterest.  Do you know the feeling?!?!  This year I want to be more focused on what I know will get me to where I want to be.  There are going to be days where my intent will be to mindlessly browse Pinterest, but if my intention for the day is to be productive and work on my goals then wasting time on social media won't get me there.

SIMPLE, YET DETAILED

While I realize this is an oxy-moron, it sums up what I want my life, my space, and my blog to be like.  I crave simplicity.  I want life to be easier and less cluttered.  While I don't want or need to have a lot of things or experiences in my life, I want what I have to be special and detailed.  I don't need a whole collection of ironstone....I just need a few pieces that have meaning and put a smile on my face.  Make sense?



So there you have it.....my guiding words of the year.  We will see how it goes and hopefully you'll enjoy the journey right along with me.

And what about you?  What are your goals and visions for year?

If you've got a few spare minutes now, I'd be so grateful if you'd answer a few questions for me in the form of a survey.  It is completely anonymous, but your thoughts will help me to create a blog that you will continue to enjoy over the new year.







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