My Word for 2015

12082747_sThis past week, many of my online friends announced their words for 2015. While I had never participated in this annual exercise, I realized (much to my surprise) that I had inadvertently stumbled upon my own word for the year.

Toward the tail end of 2014, I encountered several personal and health challenges. My first responses were negative ones that fortunately did not linger beyond a day or two. I purposely chose to end the woe-is-me talk and steer clear of “whatever” or “It is what it is.”

Instead, my thoughts gravitated toward a different word, an old-fashioned word – ONWARD. The idea of moving forward, despite less-than-desirable circumstances, inspired me to consult other health professionals, tweak habits, and jump-start a prolonged writer’s block.

While many of my issues have been resolved, I have chosen to keep ONWARD as my go-to word for 2015, maybe even longer.


Have you selected a word for 2015?

14 responses to “My Word for 2015

  1. I’m sorry to hear that there were some bumps on your path Joanne, but am delighted that you have safely navigated them. I hadn’t really thought about a word to use as a personal mantra for 2015, but I think “CLARITY” would work well. All my best, Tara

  2. Hi Joanne, I like your word and have often murmured or muttered it during difficult times. At the top of my goals for 2015, I put the word persevere. There is a Turkish saying, May your troubled times pass quickly, and I hope your personal and health problems are passing quickly. Eris

    • Hi Jo, As writers, we must also cultivate patience. We push to finish our manuscripts and then wait and wait to hear back from agents, editors, and publishers. Best of luck in 2015! Joanne 🙂

  3. Great word of the year! I love ONWARD.
    Mine is NICE….
    Nice, as in beautiful, pretty, wonderful….Nice, as in sarcastic (teen lingo)…Nice, as is a warning to ‘Be Nice’—that goes not only for my 3 teens, but for my 3 cats, adults and preschoolers in my life as well. Nice, as in a cup of hot tea and an entire quite morning to write. Onward and have a nice day:)

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