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.


10 thoughts on “2015 Word for the Year: More

    • 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!


  1. 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!


  2. 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.


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