My Word of 2016

Last year was the first year I picked a focus word for myself. I found the process of selecting my word, and the year spent focused on it, were beneficial. My goal last year was to find a word that helped me grow as a leader (at work) and grow healthier (personally). I chose mindfulness for a variety of reasons and loved developing the habits of being more mindful throughout 2015.

As I began to contemplate what my word might be for 2016, the idea of a growth mindset came to mind. I again began my reflection thinking that I wanted a word that could apply to work or personal life goals. Mindset felt like it would do the job, but it didn’t feel just right.

I used Susannah Conway’s prompts, and I spend a few days really considering what I wanted for myself in 2016. It was during a fun weekend away in Ojai, CA (a fun place to visit if you ever get the chance!) that I found my word, my focus, the word to help define my goals for 2016.


According to Merriam- Webster dictionary, rejuvenate means:

  • to make (someone) feel or look young, healthy, or energetic again
  • to give new strength or energy to (something)

It is really that second definition that rings true for me this year. I want to give new strength and energy to myself- personally and professionally. I hope that by focusing on rejuvenate throughout the year, I will find that strength and energy and will then cultivate it in those around me. I look forward to another great year!


What is your word or your goals for 2016?

About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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