2016 | Word of the Year

Happy New Year! If you are new to Team Skelley, welcome! Thank you for dropping by.

A little background about me.

For a fourth year, instead of setting New Year's resolutions, I am choosing a word to define what I want to achieve in 2016. Previous years:

2013: try; 2014: balance; 2015: resilience

This year's word:


I have blogged before about how my son, who will be twelve this year, leaves a carnage of socks and coats and hats and shoes wherever he goes. He has lost coats on field trips, left shoes in neighbors' backyards, left lunch boxes at school ... and then left his backup lunchbox at school the next day.

What I am not as eager to share is that he inherited his forgetfulness from me. I am terribly scatterbrained, which is a huge reason that I am so hyper organized at home. If I don't have everything in their designated place, I forget them. If I don't write it in my planner, it does not exist. My lists have lists. Because I, much older than 12, have left boots in hotel rooms, forgotten coats in the choir room at church, misplaced my phone ... everywhere. A couple of weeks ago, I needed to return a shirt to Target. I placed the shirt in a bag, drove to Target and when I looked around the car, could not find the bag anywhere. I have yet to find the shirt.

That happens often and it is because I am distracted. All of the time. I set out on a task, but while I am completing it, I see two other tasks that need to be done so I take care of them and never complete the original task. Yes, I am busy. I have two active kids and a husband with a demanding job. I work. I am heavily involved in church. I have a dog. I have a household. I have family and friends and neighbors who are important to me. But you know, EVERYONE IS BUSY. I am no special snowflake. I love multi-tasking but it loses all meaning if I try to do three things at one time and do all three poorly. It drives my husband nuts to open a clean dishwasher and find plates with food crusted on them because I did not rinse them before loading. I live my life more intent on marking an item off my list than actually focusing on doing the best job I can on the task at hand. And often I have so many things on my mind that I am not focusing on what is right in front of me.

This might be my hardest word yet. I feel like I have been successful with the last three, but this one will take a fundamental change in my daily life. I will need to:

I am not very good at doing less. I always feel like I am letting someone down when I do less. I think God and I are going to have many conversations about this through the year. What about you? Do you have a goal that you want to achieve in 2016?


  1. This is literally my same exact goal. I'm like you...my lists have lists. And now I want to do less and be more "deliberate" with the things I'm doing. Great post!

  2. i just did this post as well on my blog! how funny! great post!

  3. I just want to say Amen...though I don't necessarily have the same demands on my time this is something I struggle with...I think my word for 2016 is trust. I have lots of changes coming my way this year and I want to trust in the process and trust in God's ways being better than my own.

    1. I love it. That is a great goal for the year, Susanne! Something that most of us struggle with, I know I do.

  4. Great post and I like your new blog design!

    1. Thanks, Friend! I love it too now that I got the blasted pop up ad to stop!


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