With a new year comes a new opportunity to start over and set some new goals. January is a month of reflection of the past year; a time to regroup, refocus and begin planning and scheduling for the rest of the year.

I find having a list of goals in place makes it easier to crank the gears into motion, starting off the new year on a positive and productive note. I find it more challenging, however, to push through with fresh ideas and a renewed sense of hope in a month that happens to be bitterly cold and miserable.

Two years ago, my word was flourish because I felt I had built a solid foundation in my career and it was time to see it grow. In 2015, I couldn’t choose one word so I opted for three theme words for the year.

Do you have a theme word for this year? Narrowing your theme for the year to just one word can be a challenge. How can you sum up everything that you want to achieve this year in just one word? If you haven’t chosen a word in previous years, why not try doing it this year?

What is your word for 2016?


What is your word for 2016

My word for 2016 is:



~ care for and encourage the growth or development of.

~ the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something.




I want to nurture what I’ve already created in my professional life. I want to nurture my relationships both personally and professionally. I want to nurture the people in my life who I love and care for most. Lastly, I want to nurture my own physical, mental and emotional health.

It takes a little bit of mindfulness and a little bit of attention to others to be a good listener, which helps cultivate emotional nurturing and engagement. ~ Deepak Chopra

Nurturing a feeling makes it proliferate. Choose wisely. Joy, kindness, love, & caring will illuminate your life.
― Amy Leigh Mercree


Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result. ~ Joe Torre


What is your word for 2016?




Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Reply

    I didn’t pick a word for the year, but I would like to take better care of myself this year & definitely watch what I eat more closely. So maybe healthy would be my choice 🙂

  2. My word is nutrition! I am trying to learn how to eat better and more nutritious for my body’s needs.

  3. I really love your word for 2016. Whether you’re applying it to yourself and/or others, it’s a great one to focus on. I’ll be working on Balance this year. Creating balance in all sorts of different aspects of my life is going to be a challenge, but a rewarding one.

  4. My word for 2016 is workout, I chose this word because I want to get in shape.

  5. Elizabeth O. Reply

    I love that word, I hope you’re able to achieve your goals for nurturing this year. If I ever have a word for the year, it’s going to be Balance.

  6. My word is focus. I need to focus to my goal and dreams this year!

  7. There are so many “words” to choose from. I have a lot of ideas but have not come to choosing just one. I’ll have to think long and hard about it. I love yours. Nurture is full of meaning!

  8. I like the idea of word of a year, I think my word of a year is PEACE, I need some PEACE this year.

  9. I don’t have a word of the year but if I had to choose one it would be thrive. I’m working towards a lot of positive changes in my life.

  10. Melissa Bernardo Reply

    My word is health. I am trying to eat better! It is tough!

  11. CourtneyLynne Reply

    I always thought it would be fun to pick a word! Maybe next year 😉

  12. I haven’t chosen a word for the year. There’s so many words out there and things needed to do its hard to choose 1 lol

  13. My word is believe. I have hope, faith and ambition that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to if I believe it.

  14. I just love your word & mine would be Faith to make sure you have all the capabilities to achieve the best this year which could lay a great platform for upcoming years as well.

  15. Karen E Hill Reply

    Mine would have to be:

    the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
    “the tolerance of corruption”
    synonyms: acceptance, toleration; More
    an allowable amount of variation of a specified quantity, especially in the dimensions of a machine or part.

    I think the world would be a better place,

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