The Word of the Year: COURAGE

Happy 2016 to all you fine people!

I don't know about you but I love new beginnings. I love fresh starts and making goals and lists. One of the current trends is to focus on a word of the year rather than a making several resolutions. I haven't done it in the past but this year I decided to and I chose... 


According to, the definition of courage is: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

Why did I choose courage to be my word? Well, it doesn't mean that I plan on going sky diving and swimming with sharks all through 2016- although it's not beyond the realm of possibility.

What courage means to me is that I will do and I will try. 

I will have the mental strength to withstand fear. I have spent 22 years being afraid of rational things like cancer and irrational things like storm drains. When  I was little and it was storming, I'd put my head in the couch to hide. My mother describes it like what ostriches do when they bury their head in the sand. When the weather gets bad enough, I still have to fight the impulse to curl up in a ball under cushions. 

But burying my head in the sand will not get me ANYWHERE.

So this year, I am going to have courage. I will try to do things despite my fear. In fact, I've already done a couple of scary things... including creating and sharing this new website. I can't wait to see what other challenges I take on as the year goes by!

Tell me, do  you have a word for 2016?

I leave you with the words of C.S. Lewis

Courage, Dear Heart

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