I’ve been thinking deeply on what my word of the year is for 2016. While I toyed with ‘consolidate’, I settled on ‘simplify’ because for me it includes consolidating.

My Word For 2016 Is Simplify

This year I plan to reduce my online activity. For a start, I’m shelving Write Tribe for the month of January and will see how it goes. In time, I might shed Write Tribe altogether. But it’s all up in the air at the moment.

I will continue to do the #MondayMusings posts and the Write Your Heart Out posts on Everyday Gyaan. I’ve also signed off from the monthly Gratitude Circle posts. I’ll be back with the Sunday newsletter with effect from 3 January.  I’m grateful to have connected with some fantastic bloggers in 2015, and I will be consolidating my connections with them, rather than attempting to read and comment on a lot of blogs. Most of all I will not be taking part in any blogging challenges this year. (I hear my husband sigh in relief!)

Our life is already rather simple and we’ve been quite good eating more home-cooked food, having dinner early and getting to bed by 10 pm. What has helped is that we now have a little puppy to wake us up, so that means both of us have to set off for an early morning and evening walk with a dog apiece! Making sure two dogs are fed, watered, walked and cleaned up after sure keeps one grounded! That in addition to housework is a way to stay simple.

I hope to focus more on my hobbies in 2016 – knitting and playing with colors – and that too naturally calls for more time offline.

We’ve already planned a holiday in April to a favourite location and that’s something I’m really looking forward to.

Most of all I want to spend more time with Me. Simply being and being simple is what 2016 is going to be about.

My Word For 2016 Is Simplify

I came across this last week and knew I must share it with you:

all of all
love of all love, peace of all peace, depth of depth
so often, in the midst of all we do,
as we are washing dishes… sending email… going to work… and doing all the things we do
day in and day out,
we can forget that our time here on this earth is both a gift and a miracle.
do not let us forget.
because sooner than we think, a tomorrow will come
and it will be our last tomorrow and
we will have missed the miracle.
we will have emailed, and worked, and complained, and watched tv through the miracle.
we will have let the sunrises, the fresh air, the warmth of a bed, the taste of our orange juice, the first snows, and the cricket
chirping slip by as we go about doing all of our so important things.
we will have let our pain and struggles and our tasks and achievements and our accumulation of things obscure the
enchantment and richness that can be life.
love of all love, peace of peace, depth of depth –
let us find the holy in all that makes up our life.
let us slow down.
stop doing.
and learn to simply be.
may we find the holy in our coffee, in the spider whose lovely eight legs carry her effortlessly over her web, in the kiss goodnight, in the hot meal, fuzzy blanket, and in the chill of the dark night air.
may we be seekers and makers of the holy.
amen and blessed be.
Elizabeth’s Little Blog

Do you have a word for 2016? Do share.

PS: Laurel Regan has created ‘My Word Of The Year Linkup‘. Take a look at her post and those of other bloggers who’ve linked in.