What's Your Word for 2016?

University of Venus bloggers offer their choices.


January 4, 2016

Here at University of Venus, we welcome the new year with our words for 2016:

Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, Lund, Sweden

My word for 2016 is achieve. Last year I dared to try new things, embark on new projects and literally deliver the first results. 2016 is the time when the things tested out successfully last year will become more established and developed and the less positive results dropped. 2015 was the year of experiments, 2016 will hopefully be the year of achievements.

Denise M. Horn, Boston, MA USA

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I lost my voice and confidence over two years of a brutal tenure battle. But now I’m in a much better place, and I feel my sense of self returning. So, my word for 2016 is ROAR!

Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe, Evanston, Illinois, USA

My word for 2016 is change.  Change at home as my elder son applies to college and my younger son begins high school.  Change at work as a spate of retirements and reorganizations impact my place within the university.  Change in political climate as the United States chooses a new President. Change scares me, but I seek to see the potential and to embrace the possibilities.

Lee Skallerup Bessette, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Has there been a year that hasn’t been filled with change for me? No? And these words and goals...My plans for the year always seem to get thwarted by reality. This year, my phrase is to Let Go. I have to let go of my expectation, my need to plan (and plan and plan), to all of the things I don’t need anymore but have been holding on to for whatever reason. Maybe it’s even to put this down and then...let it go too!

Rachel Ellett, Beloit, WI, USA

My words are failure and resilience. 2016 will be about taking chances and risking failure; and then drawing on my resilience to deal with failure. I’ve been thinking about this for myself and for my two year old daughter.

Meg Palladino, New Haven, CT, USA

My word for 2016 is innovate.  I want to find new ways of doing everything: thinking, working, being a mom, friend, daughter and partner, cleaning, managing money, styling my hair... It’s a year for change, alteration, upheaval and hopefully, a metamorphosis of sorts.  I am looking forward to it!

Lisa Ijiri, Cambridge, MA USA

As I pack for Lesley University's faculty-led travel course to Osaka, the 2016 Japanese word in my head is “HAI”.  Not just “hai” directly translating to “yes”, but the more ambiguous “hai” meaning “I see you and affirm that you have my attention.”  In 2016, I vow to use “HAI” (I see you) and “HAI” (yes) less interchangeably and to use both more frequently.  I also plan to pull back considerably on “hai, hai” (yes, yes, of course)!

Mary Churchill, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

I couldn't pick just one word for 2016.

I am committing to make this a year of awe, wonder, bliss, and joy.

Which means ---I will try to stop and experience this amazing life, appreciate small and everyday wonders, dwell and be in the moment, make magic happen, and be filled with awe.

How will I do this? I plan to Laugh more, Play more games, Write more, Take more photos, CREATE, meditate, walk, read, SOAR.

Wish me luck and please CREATE and SOAR with me.

Happy 2016 my friends!

Anna CohenMiller, Astana, Kazakhstan

With a new job in a new country, I have found myself (like so many others) amidst enormous change in my career and family. I see this year as a chance to actualize—to make a reality of—things that have come into my life that I haven’t (yet) fully attended to or embraced.

In 2016, I plan to actualize— to make a reality of—completing projects and papers that I enjoy. I plan to make a reality of engaging in passions that have not seen the light in many a moon. I plan to make a reality of being present and participating, such as when invited to sit on the floor and play with my children, to go for a bike ride with my husband, or grab a coffee with a friend.

As the phoenix regenerates from the past, I look forward to making a reality of completion and gently beginning anew.

We have some exciting changes in store for 2016 so stay tuned and join us in this space and let us know if you have a resolution or word for the year and share it in the comments below, on Twitter, and/or on Facebook.

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