Word For The Year: 2015

I don’t have to go over in detail what 2014 was for me; if you’ve read this blog, even occasionally, you’ll know that 2014 kicked my “youknowwhat”.  Although I’m coming to terms with the facts that — even in difficult moments, God is present and that every experience is an opportunity for growth, I’m not going to lie — I’m glad to see 2014 gone!   That said, for the last couple of weeks in that year, the word that’s been laid on my heart for 2015 is: investment.   At first, I wasn’t sure what it would mean for me, but as I thought about it more, some things became clearer.

By definition, it means:

[in-vest-muh nt]
  • the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.
  • a particular instance or mode of investing.
  • a thing invested in, as a business, a quantity of shares of stock, etc.
  • a devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy, etc., as for a purpose or to achieve something:
  • Biology. any covering, coating, outer layer, or integument, as of an animal or vegetable.


As I read the underlined reference, I realised why this word was chosen for me.  I never thought of my life as an investment portfolio.  There were/are things that I’m intentional about and other things … not so much.  But to think of my life as one would think of a financial investment portfolio — something to be studied, something to devote to, something to devote effort to in order to intentionally yield “profitable returns” or “appreciation in value”; I’d never thought of it in these terms before.   What this means is even more intentional living, less griping, more maturity, being consistent in my “appreciation of life” efforts.  Real talk is — crap happens, but it doesn’t have to crush me.  Rather, each “stock crash” should be an opportunity to evaluate, mourn the loss, then re-invest.

As I thought about the word more over the holidays, while browsing the net, I found this:

2015 Investment

Could my word for 2015 be anymore clearer?   Partnering perfectly with mindfulness and last year’s goal of moderation, for 2015 I will invest in:

  • my creativity
  • my finances (being unemployed has really opened my eyes to what I do with pension investments and I need to do more to make my money work even harder for me)
  • my health (always on going)
  • my profession (whatever that is moving forward)
  • my relationships
  • the resources I already own — yarn stash intervention anyone?  😀

In short, 2015 will be about “devoting, using, or giving of time, talent, emotional energy”  to my total well-being.  Not selfishly or without sacrifice,  not striving for perfection, but with the intent and purpose of authentic living.

What about you?  How has the departed year been for you?  What are your goals for 2015?

Here’s to 2015 being all we need and more!

10 thoughts on “Word For The Year: 2015

  1. Spinster January 27, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Reblogged this on Spinster's Compass and commented:
    How was your 2014 (travel- or otherwise)? What’s your 2015 looking like (travel- or otherwise)? Feel free to comment here and/or check out the original blog post from D’NALI.

  2. Preeti January 5, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Investment always pays off. Your thoughts convey how important this greatest investment portfolio is :: your life as a whole. Great word!!

    One of my words for this year is “Intentional”. I think that a distracted mind leads to a fragmented use of time of which I am terribly guilty which is why my other word is “Focussed”.

    Cheers to a great day, a great month, a great year!!

    • Nicky January 5, 2015 / 7:08 pm

      I agree with you — a distracted mind really leads to fragmented use of time. Yes we’re sisters cause I’m so guilty of this. Since the year started, I’ve been trying to be good about finishing one thing before I rush off mid task to jot down an idea or whatever … eat … you know how it is … 😀

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  4. Kristina January 3, 2015 / 4:49 am

    That sounds great and you deserve to invest in your well-being! We tend to forget that we all do. I wish you all the best, may 2015 be everything 2014 wasn’t 😉

    • Nicky January 4, 2015 / 11:50 am

      Thank you so much Kristina. Here’s to a wonderful year for both of us. 😀

  5. CreepingThyme January 2, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Very inspiring post, I especially like the idea of intentional living. All the best for 2015!

    • Nicky January 4, 2015 / 11:51 am

      And to you too CT. 🙂

  6. savethestationery January 2, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    First, I love this post! The message here is so amazing and inspiring!

    Thank you for taking that time to really explain your thoughts behind investment. I love it!

    I wish you all success in this very noble endeavor! May it pay dividends.

    My word for 2015 is Healing.

    My plans are to finish my book, grow my consultancy and devote myself to my blog.

    Throughout all of those, I’m putting all energy and resources into making myself a priority. I’m no longer going to schlep along old burdens. I’m facing my demons and healing those wounds.

    Thanks for giving me the space to share and express my journey, as I get to share in yours.

    Cheers to 2015!!!

    • Nicky January 4, 2015 / 11:52 am

      I love your word! I tell you, if we stay committed, this promises to be a very interesting year for us both! ❤

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