One Word for 2015

Last year I didn’t make any grand resolutions, because resolutions for me are broken before they are truly begun. Instead I found a word that I wanted to center my goals around for the year. Last year’s word was ENGAGE. I feel I did that last year. I made family a focus. I engaged in healthier eating and exercise habits and lost 90-ish lbs. I engaged in new opportunities – Fitbloggin for the second time, NASA social, my Jamberry business. I would say I did pretty well.

This year I have been searching for a new word. I wanted something that spoke to the difficulties of the last few months and maintaining a focus on what I want to achieve when it comes to health, family, work, etc. I want to restore my confidence in myself and shake off this dip into depression (SAD or otherwise).

I want to work out again and meet some new fitness goals. I want to play, to enjoy people, to be accessible to family and friends. I want to get out of debt. It is daunting to come up with a word that encompasses much of that while leaving it open ended enough to be able to respond to all that 2015 has in store for me and the family.

After much deliberation, my word for 2015 is:

TENACITY

noun
1. the quality of being tenacious, or of holding fast; persistence:
the amazing tenacity of rumors.

2. the quality of retaining something:
the tenacity of memory.

3. the quality or property of holding together firmly:
testing the tenacity of the old book’s binding.
I like this word because it seems to speak to several areas of my life.

I want to be tenacious and hold fast to the progress I’ve made toward health. I want to be persistent in always improving and continuing to lose weight and become more fit.
I want to hold it together no matter what life has to throw at me and be able to bend and not break.

I want to be someone that holds people together. I want to be tenacious in my dedication to others as well as to myself.

A few days ago I was not looking forward to the new year, and already two days into it we have another sickness in our house that made us cancel plans that I had looked forward to for some time.

However, that is a minor disappointment. I can keep on going and care for my kids. I can still track and watch my food choices. I can still find time to connect with others, even if it is often online and not in person. So for 2015, Tenacity is the name of the game.