2015 Word for the Year: More


Even to me, that looks intimidating, when I just type it out there and leave it surrounded by white space. But I’ve thought about this a lot, and I think it’s all a matter of font. I’m not thinking “more” like this:


I’m thinking “more” like this:


Or at least that’s the best I can do, in terms of comparison, with my simple font choices here.

Here’s the thing. For some reason, I’ve been itching to figure out something new and different I can add to my life this next year. I’m sure this is in part the empty-nest syndrome, feeling like there is a gap to be filled and a freedom to be utilized. Plus, I’m a couple of steps into a new decade of my age, and I typically do add something new each decade. So I’ve been looking around and thinking about what this new thing could be and how I could fit it in with working full-time and all the writing I want to do and keeping up with my yoga and getting more knitting done…

Major forehead slap.

See, I don’t actually need anything new and different. I actually have a plenty long list of things I already want to be doing and, if I’m going to be a little self-judgmental here, on which I am already not spending enough time. One of the things I haven’t figured out yet, with going back to work, is how best to use my evenings. I’m not a late nighter, and all too often by the time I get home and “settled,” the only thing that really sounds appealing is reading a good book. Which, yay, but…that’s not getting the pages written or the rows knitted. And then the life-things I also don’t get done on the weekdays start to take over the weekends…ick. It’s not really time management, I don’t think, as much as Introvert Management. I love my job and I love the people I’m talking to and seeing all the time, but I’m allowing myself so many recovery hours that I’m not getting to the things I actually value and need to prioritize.

So nothing new. Nothing different. Just more time and more commitment.


Do you have a word or a theme for this coming year? Share it in the comments so we can all be inspired, and feel free to link to any post you’ve written about it. And a Happy New Year to you all.


  1. I wish for more time. And/or needing less sleep–so I resonate with this post. so maybe my word should be Time?


    • beckylevine says:

      Wouldn’t a need for less sleep be wonderful? My body tells me I need less by waking me up, but it doesn’t keep me nice and awake while I’m up. Seems backwards! Happy New Year, Carol!


  2. Joanna says:

    More is a great word! My word for 2015 is serendipity!


  3. Jen Robinson says:

    Funny thing, Becky. My word for the year is “simplify”, which is kind of the opposite of yours :-). But I’m still working towards last year’s slightly more wordy goal, which was “read more, sleep more, exercise more”.


    • beckylevine says:

      Jen, “simplify” is a great one. And I’ve been there, DEFINITELY, when I had a young child–oh, and again when I had a teenager at home. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know, though, that it’s completely opposite–I am trying to nudge myself away from adding new things and concentrating on the ones I have. So there’s a bit of simplifying there for me, too! You’ll do it, I know!


  4. Jenn Hubbard says:

    Right now I’m focusing on letting go of a lot, but I’m also hoping to make room for new experiences. So it feels like “transition” to me.


    • beckylevine says:

      Transition is a good one. I think, although I didn’t pick that label, it’s what 2014 ended up being about for me. Hope yours is relatively unbumpy and moves you in good directions.


  5. Pam Storton says:

    Courage. More Courage. Thank you for being a guiding light to write.


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