2016: Full of Unchartered Explorations

Inspiration
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Lazienki Palace in Warsaw, Poland (December 2015)

Now that Sinterklaas, Christmas, and the holidays are slowly winding down, everyone is looking to the approaching New Year. It is a time for personal reflection and most people set out resolutions for the upcoming year to become a better person, loose a few pounds of holiday fat, or to complete something on their bucket list.

Looking back, my 2015 can be described as full. Full of personal achievements, hard work, exploration, delightful conversations, amazing connections, a little bit of anxiety and learning new limits. Simply put, it is full of beautiful memories. If I could speak to myself who was bringing in 2015 at a friend’s house with my favourite people, I wouldn’t have believed myself when I said that I’d be where I am now, living alone in a foreign country.

One thing I do not do at this time of year is make resolutions. I try not to live by regrets and I think that if something needs to be changed in my life, there is no time like the present. Something that I have done for a few years now is instead of resolutions, I choose a word that I would like to define my year by. In 2015, my word was EXPERIENCE. And look where that got me!

This year, my word will be similar and have a broad context to learn more about who I am and who I’d like to be, and of course, where I’d like to go next.

Explore

ex·plored ex·plor·ing
transitive verb

1a:  to investigate, study, or analyze
1b   to become familiar with by testing or experimenting
2:  to travel over (new territory) for adventure or discovery
3:  to examine especially for diagnostic purposes

(Source: Merriam-Webster)

After a bit of research on the internet, I found that many people have been doing this all around the world. You can check out One Word 365 or My One Word for more information and online, social communities. According to an article by Fast Company, there are three steps to help you pick out your word. And it may not be an easy choice.

So think about.

What is your word for 2016?

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