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January 1, 2016

For the last two years I've chosen a word to take with me in everything I do throughout the year. In 2014, it was "grow," and it couldn't have been a more perfect word for me that year. Last year I chose "adapt," because after all the seeds I planted in 2014, I needed to work through it all and fit the pieces of the puzzle together. Both years I made massive changes to my life and both years I feel like my word served me. When I started to think about what word I wanted to look to in 2016, I thought about the past few months and how even though I have an amazing life — and am generally a happy individual — I tend to focus a bit too much on the things I think are missing from my life. I drag some of that negativity into parts of me that are already awesome, and it becomes kind of toxic. That's how choosing the word "contentment" came about.This year my goal is to be content. To sit and enjoy the happy little life that I've built for myself, and let the things that are missing come to me in time. I want to be happy just because I can be, I want to appreciate the things that I have to the fullest extent, rather than halfway because I'm searching for something else. If I can get myself to this state, I just know that everything else will fall into place — and better yet, if it doesn't, I'll still find a way to be okay with that.I've realized that I can make any situation awful with my attitude. All it takes is a bad mood to make a day terrible. I'm going to work on making the opposite even more true. I choose to be happy this year, no matter what. Bring it on, twenty sixteen.
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One Little Word is a workshop run by Ali Edwards in which participants choose one word to focus on for an entire year. Read about Ali's OLW here, and see all of my related posts for OLW 2014 here, 2015 here, and 2016 here.

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