My Word & Goals for 2016

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had wonderful New Years Eve celebrations.

I spent my night at home in bed with Nurse Little One close by. I came down with the flu the night before and was feeling a lot better on NYE, but I still had no energy and wasn’t up for much. I spent the day reading and watching TV. That’s also why this post is up later than usual today. I was going to work on it yesterday, but that would have involved more effort than I had energy for.

But, I’m happy to be working on it now and to share my word and goals for 2016!

My word & goals for 2016. //

I’m actually planning to prepare another sign with my word for the year so that I can put it on display in my room. But I wanted to put my word and goals in my planner as well, so I wrote everything down on cards and put them in. It’s the first thing after the cover, so they’ll be easy to find if I need the reminders.

As you can see, my word for the year is ruminate, which means to think deeply about something. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I wanted to use this word when it first came to mind, because it didn’t seem active enough. I’m supposed to think about things? What about doing things? But it’s the word that kept coming to mind and finally I decided that it made sense. I don’t think I necessarily thought through the things that I attempted to do well enough last year. I’d jump into a writing project without any sort of outline. I wanted to get things done quickly instead of investing time. So this year, I want to think things through a bit more and then do them. I think I’ll be more successful in the things that I want to do once I’ve thought them through, because I’ll be more prepared.

I also came up with some goals for the year. Last year my goals were specific, numerous and ambitious. They also included a lot of things that I’ve thought, “It would be fun to do that.” But they weren’t things I was passionate about. They were things I wanted to do just for the sake of doing them.

So, my goals are a bit more general this year and I’ve broken them down into two categories: creative and personal.

Creative Goals

  • WRITE. Fiction & poetry. (Yes, I want to focus on poetry again this year! I love it and I’ve missed it.)
  • ART. Experiment. Fail. Succeed. (Because there will be both.)
  • READ. 80 books.
  • BE INTENTIONAL. In reading, writing & art.

Personal Goals

  • BE PRESENT. Take breaks from work and creative pursuits to experience life and the little moments.
  • PRIORITIZE SELF-CARE. Sleep. Move. Relax.

Like I said, this is much different than last year’s goals, but I think they give me the freedom and flexibility to be more productive this year. They also highlight what is most important to me. I want 2016 to be a year filled with creativity, both the projects that I’m working on and taking in creativity from others. Two of my favorite quotes are:

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”  Pablo Picasso

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”  Stephen King

I want these ideas to help guide my year.

So, this is what I hope my 2016 will look like. Creative. Intentional. Thought out.


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    January 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Those are some great achievable goals my friend. I need to focus on being more present, too and getting more rest. I don’t sleep enough and you never make up what you’ve lost.
    I hope you’re on the mend my friend, but I do know that the Little One is taking good care of ya. 😉

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    Emma @ The Happy Journal
    January 1, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I love how intentional your goals are! I’ve actually just written a post on my brand new blog about living intentionally and authentically if you want to check it out. I absolutely love your word for the year. My word would be ‘do’ because I ‘ruminate’ too much and don’t often act upon it haha! Good luck with all your goals.


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    January 2, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I think those are great goals! I really resonated with your personal goals for this year. I think that it’s so important and hope that I can grow in those ways too!

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    January 2, 2016 at 8:08 am

    I wish you a happy, wonderful, healthy, adventurous, creative and inspired New Year, dear Crystal 🙂
    I love your goals! Being creative and intentional are two things that make me happy as well. Being present and prioritising self-care are two of the things I really want to put my focus on as well. And more self-growth. I want to keep learning about myself, about what I want to do in this life, what makes me happy and how I can serve others.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lots of hugs to you,

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    Charlotte | The Midnight Blog
    January 2, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I love your goals, very inspirational!
    Happy new year, Crystal! 🙂

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    January 2, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Love the word you chose and your goals connected to it! Cannot wait to see it unfold for you throughout the year! xx

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    Elizabeth Than
    January 3, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Happy new year, Crystal! (And Little One! *ruffle face*) I have yet to decide on a word yet, but pretty soon I’m sure!

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    chelsea jacobs
    January 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I absolutely love the word you chose, and how it trickles down into each of your goals. It’s going to be a good, good year.

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    January 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    You have wonderful goals. I think I will have to make some of my own. I like the way you did yours 🙂 You have inspired me. lol
    Each year I am always thinking about my weight and food when it comes to resolutions. This year I don’t want to be so stressed over it. I do want to be healthy and I do want to lose weight, but I will do so without making myself feel bad in the times I fail. Like you said “Experiment. Fail. Succeed.” So, this year, I have decided I am going to focus my time and energy on my relationship with God. 🙂 I think my word for 2016 should be “FAITH” <3

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