Word of the Year 2016


Over the past week, I’ve enjoyed watching friends unveil their “word of the year.” Today I’m sharing mine.

The Scrappy Storyteller word for 2016 is . . . flourish.

In 2015 I made some of the scariest yet most game-changing moves of my life. I quit my corporate job to finally start the business I’d always dreamed of. (Basically, I stopped waiting for “the right time” to leap and decided what the right time would be.) I also got serious about my art practice, released my first graphic novel and camped across the western U.S. with my husband.

2015 was a pretty good year for many reasons. Not the least of which was the fact that I actually paid attention to the word I’d picked.

That word was . . . go. 

Chosen from the refrain throughout Stephen King’s Dark Towers fantasy series, I thought about my word often, and repeated the refrain that inspired it throughout the year:

“Go then. There are other worlds than these.”

I went, and I found those other worlds.

Some of them I made myself.

This year, I’m not making new worlds or exploring them so much as learning how to flourish within the ones I found in 2015. God willing, I will nurture and grow my business. I will discover more of what it means to me to be a “Scrappy Storyteller” and share that journey with you. (More on that tomorrow, by the way.) I will make more art and more stories and love on my darling husband and our two cats and those around us.

Above all, I’ll take each day for the gift it is, and remember the William Morris quote that inspired my 2016 word flourish:

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

While the word flourish is not in the quote, to me this is the essence of what it means to flourish.

One who is flourishing in her life does not wish for her life to be different, or pine over what used to be or could have been. She looks around her and loves the life she has. Right now. And she takes a genuine interest in all the details of making that life and work what they are meant to be.

May your 2016 be full of beauty, goodness, and peace in the midst of whatever circumstance you find yourself. If you have not yet set out to go and find your “other worlds,” I hope and pray you will make 2016 your year to do this.

And if you have already done this . . . I wish nothing more for you than that you will cultivate, with me, the art of flourishing in the worlds you have found.

A brand new opportunity lies before us. And the best is yet to come.

Wishing you a very happy, scrappy new year!

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Do you choose a word for each new year?
If so, I’d love to hear your word for 2016 and how you chose it.

2 thoughts on “Word of the Year 2016

  1. What a beautiful blog! I discovered this “word of the year” phenomenon from a friend last year and chose the word “connect” because I have a tendency to be an inward looking person. It was partially successful. On a similar theme, this year’s word is “engage” which kind of follows from connect. In order to connect you have to engage. We are all works in progress, eh?


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