2016 Word of the Year

I know… it is already February. But I still wanted to address this to help keep me accountable. Writing things down makes them so much more real, am I right?

I am not really one to make New Year's resolutions. Just something about the word “resolution” screams failure to me. I would rather set a goal. I LOVE setting goals. I set monthly and weekly goals that I write down in my planner and check off as I complete them. I feel like having something to strive for is good for me instead of aimlessly going through life.

Anyway, my goal or my word for this year is "simplify". I want to simplify not only the way I live, but also my mind. We live in a materialistic world and if I’m not careful, I can easily get caught up in it. So my goal this year is to simplify.


My life:

I plan to simplify my life by getting rid of clutter. There are things that I know that I have that I have not touched in six months or even more, and I know that there are even more things that I have that I have forgotten about. They are just sitting in storage somewhere collecting dust and cluttering up my house. I don’t do well in clutter. Clutter makes me stressed, irritated, and anxious. It always has. Even as a kid (well teen), I would spend Sunday afternoons cleaning my room. During the week, I would come home from school and would have to tidy my room before I could do my homework so that I would be able to concentrate. I thrive in a tidy environment.

I also plan to simplify my life by simplifying my closet. I did a HUGE closet clean out in December (when I began thinking about my word for the next year) and decided I wanted to try a year of doing a capsule wardrobe (more on that later :) ). It has been the best decision that I have ever made regarding my clothing! It has made getting dressed so much easier. Part of the idea of the capsule wardrobe is to shop less. After having my son I was finding myself looking too often at Target or Old Navy online. [It was for him, but I would ALWAYS end up putting something in the bag for myself as well. I was ending up with a bunch of clothes that didn't fit me as well as I would have liked (hello postpartum body changes!) and that I didn't even really love. And, I was spending way too much money!] I am still struggling with this part of the capsule wardrobe (and with feeling like “oh, if I’m not spending money on clothes, then maybe I can buy this new throw pillow or blanket”…) So it’s still a work in progress.

I plan to simplify my life by saying yes to things that bring me joy and saying no to things that do not. I always end up trying to do too much and that is not fair for my family or me. I get super stressed and frustrated and it is not pretty. I plan to not take on projects or things that I know I do not enjoy and will make my schedule super crazy…(as I write this, I keep thinking in the back of my mind how I have already signed myself up to throw 4 parties this year…but that is something that I LOVE to do, and they are pretty spaced out throughout the year).


My mind:

I also plan to simplify my mind. If I am not careful, I can very easily get caught up in the comparison game. Social media makes this even harder for me. Before the year began, I went through all the people I was following on Instagram and deleted those who would post things that would make me feel like I NEEDED to have what they had. I didn’t want to feel like every time I went to check my Instagram feed that I needed something new in order to be happy.

Lastly, and most important, I plan to simplify my mind by spending time in God’s Word and setting aside time to pray. That is something that I have been having a hard time with since having my son, but I know that it is something I need to do. It really helps put things in the right perspective for me. I am not here on earth to acquire as much as I can or to waste my days away. My life is a gift from God. Each day is a chance to get to know Him better and to make a difference. Each day is a new day to teach my son more about God. If I am not spending time in His Word and in prayer, then I notice I have less patience with my son. I get frustrated easier. Spending time in God’s Word simplifies my mind so that I can focus on what is really important in life.

time in the Word

with love, Sheila


  1. Ah Sheila, I see that we are so much alike! ;) Love this post! I think I'm going to do that Instagram thing too. :)

  2. Awesome! I'm so glad you liked it, Sierra! :)