09 February 2016

One Word, One Year: 2016



For the younger millennials, my word for this year is nothing but a song and an album title. I looked it up in the Internet to see if the song is good and was glad to find out that I felt like it is a song for God. You must go to Youtube and watch a lyric video. Tell me if you also felt that it is for the Big Guy. Type in: Purpose by Justin Bieber.

Yes, my word for 2016 is PURPOSE.

I thought of a few before finally deciding. I thought of give. To be selfless is saintly. Maybe I can challenge myself to give more of my time, effort, resources, gifts and love to the people who need it. I also thought of move. To refuse to be idle is divine. Not doing nothing can perhaps lead me to success. But as days went by, I felt like it has not penetrated my core. There were days that I want to spend it lounging on the sofa, tinkering on my phone, seeing the sink full of dirty dishes while waiting for my daughter to come home.from school. There were days when I said no to people who asked something from me. My daughter asked me to play with her but I was swamped with work, online and kitchen, I said no. I was invited to an event of a brand that I don't like, I said no.

It resonated with me that these words do not make sense at all. At least to how I want to live my life. You see, it looked like I was only tinkering on my phone but I was actually working for my business. I was promoting my products on my social media accounts. I was answering inquiries of customers. I was replying to emails of potential distributors. I only looked like a bad mom for saying no to my daughter's request of playing with her in her room but I was just really finishing my work in one go so I can spend quality time with her over dinner, evening telenovelas and bedtime stories.

Purpose popped in my head as I plopped my half-dead body on bed after a day of online work, cooking for the business and mothering. I reminded myself, like how a coach does it to his team, on why I was doing all those things in the first place. Despite my sleepiness, I thought of my short and long term goals that I need to work on. I thought of my mom's retirement, my husband's career growth, my daughter's future, my health, our dream home and what I will cook for dinner the next day. I thought that I should just do, buy, create things if its purpose is love. So saying no to an event of a brand I don't like is actually a great thing! Had I went there for freebies, small talks (which I actually do not like lately) with fellow bloggers I do not read blogs of or for a material for the blog, I am sure I won't even be writing about it. Plainly because it didn't bring me joy. Hellen Keller said, "Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow." And I couldn't agree more. 

This word can play around in all the aspects of my life as human, woman, wife, mom, freelancer, entrepreneur, blogger, etcetera.

So far, this word is a good word for me. I just wrote a post here because of it. Nice, right? If you have, what's that one word would you choose for 2016?

12 comments:

  1. Great post. You've got me thinking. I love the idea of a single focus, word, but not sure yet what mine is.

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    1. This blogging trend has already been in the blogosphere when I decided to go mainstream (no more online journal type, haha). But yeah, it took me a while (3 years, in fact) to finally give in and do it. :)

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  2. I usually put the year into three words at the end of the year to reflect, but I should see why not do it earlier in the year! I know for one that I will include "COMPASSION" in my list.

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    1. Ooh! I might try that one at the end of this year. Thank you for sharing about that, Anna! :)

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  3. Your choice for word for the year is spot-on. I love the story behind your choice. :)

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  4. For the first time in a while, I have no one word for 2016. I decided at the start of the year that I didn't wanna be limited by anything, not even a "one word." I told myself to just make the most out of every opportunity that came my way. Lo and behold, a major one landed on my lap! Winner.

    All the best to you on living a life of purpose this year, Denise!!! :)

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    1. I used to do and be that! But unfortunately, as much as I love spontaneity, I think I'm the kind of person who succeeds more when I plan with structure. Wishy-washy na kasi ako to begin with so I have to set goals and objectives and all that in order to live an organized life. So much for having artist genes. Hehe.

      Thanks for dropping by, Patty! :*

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  5. This is a great idea rather than a New Years resolution..I think mine is passion

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  6. I love your One Word for this year! :) I pray that you'd realize your purpose this year.

    My One Word this year is Anointed. I wrote about it here: http://mommytg.blogspot.com/2016/01/oneword-for-2016-anointed.html

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  7. I love your word for the year! I also think it's really important to be clear on your purpose. It makes everything you do more intentional.

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  8. I haven't really thought of a word for this year. My word last year was also Purpose. I loved how it focused my energy and things to do on that word. It puts everything in order. And by the way, I agree with what you said that if it doesn't bring joy, I also don't do it. And I also am shy during sometimes-forced-small-talks. So I'm very picky with the events I go to. Have a great day D! Miss you.

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