Keeping Joy in Mind for 2016

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After a fantastic Christmas break I'm back. It has been truly amazing spending time with the family from Christmas Lunch for 15 to board games with the boys.

In past years we've seen the Christmas holidays fly by and before we know it it's time to get back to work. We always complain about how fast the time flies and wish we had another week. Well, that bit is not different but the time we've spent with the boys has been brilliant. 

None of us spent all our time playing computer games, even though we all got them for Christmas.

We've found new board games we love to play, we've draw pictures together, we've built lego.

I've also spent time reading, learning, and making plans.

I am ready to take on 2016 and I'll be keeping the word 'joy' in mind.



Over the break I happened to look at a website on Facebook, it was just a simple little thing. You put in your name and it told you your word for the year. I don't usually like that kind of thing but I was messing around and did it for fun. 

The word it gave me was joy, and it felt right.

I spend a lot of my time stressing about my boys, wondering if I'm doing enough cleaning, and worrying about mundane and pointless things. I often forget to see the joy in my life. So this year I've decided to make a conscious effort to see the joy. 

As I said we had family over on Christmas Day and it was a wonderful (albeit busy) day. The Hubby got to talk to his dad and his siblings, the boys got to play with their cousins, and I, well I cooked lunch mainly but later on I did get to enjoy a glass of wine and a natter with the mother-in-law and sisters-in-law (or is that sister-in-laws? I can never remember).

Our house was filled with laughter, shrieks of happiness, and lots of festive cheer.

It makes me smile just thinking about it. 

With the challenges that life is throwing our way at the moment the word joy seems more important. Remembering joyful times, seeing joyful smiles, and making memories for us and our children that will fill our hearts. It's the only way to tackle life's challenges. 

No matter what 2016 brings I am ready, keeping joy at the forefront of my mind.

What word has inspired you for 2016?


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34 comments:

  1. I love your word for the year... here's hoping that 2016 is filled with joy for you.
    Happy New Year Morgan x

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    1. Happy New Year Izzie! Thanks, I'm hoping for lots of joy! :)

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  2. What an excellent word Morgan. Definitely on my wavelength!

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  3. What a brilliant word Morgan and I hope you find plenty of joy this year x

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  4. A brilliant word for 2016 - good luck with embracing the joy this year. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas too :-)

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    1. Thanks Louise, we really did. Hope you had a lovely Christmas too. xx

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  5. Great choice. Wishing you much joy in 2016! #PoCoLo

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  6. What a wonderful word! I hope you have plenty of joy this year x

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  7. My word for 2016 would have to be contentment. I've reached a pretty contended phase of my life - must have something to do with turning 40 last year! And I'm pretty sure 2016 will bring lots of adventure too. Joy's a good one, though. You can't go far wrong with joy!

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    1. Thanks Nell, I like your word too. xx

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  8. Great word and plan for 2016! Christmas always goes by too fast for me too. And I also spend a lot of time stressing! #PoCoLo

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    1. Oh yes the stress is fun isn't it! haha. Thanks hun, hope you had a lovely Christmas. xx

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  9. What a great word to start the year with! This year my inspiration word has been 'change'. There are lots of changes I want to make, and this is going to be the year to make them :) #pocolo

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    1. Ooh change is a good one! I wish you loads of luck with your changes, and thanks! x

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  10. I know that things have been hard for you and I am so pleased to hear about your positive Christmas. This sounds like the perfect word for you :) #PoCoLo x

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  11. Joy's a great word, and your christmas sounds fab too. I do love a board game at Christmas though in our family we tend to adapt the rules to suit our needs! Hope you're having a fab birthday and I'm pleased to have been picked alongside you to co-host #PoCoLo xx

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    1. Oh yes we've adapted rules many times! I did have a lovely birthday thank you hun and yes, co-hosting is fab isn't it?! xx

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  12. Hi Morgan, it's funny how doing something daft on a Facebook page inspired your word for 2016. It's all to easy to overlook the joyful things in life and focus on the not so fun.

    I am glad that you had a joyful Christmas and I hope that it continues throughout the New Year.

    xx

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    1. You're so right, sometimes we just go through life without noticing and I'm glad I'm making a conscious effort to notice the joyful things.

      Thanks hun, hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year too. xx

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  13. I love your word! Hoping 2016 is full of joy for you and yours

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  14. It's so important to look for the joy. This reminds me of Danielle Laporte who says that instead of chosing goals you should choose your core feelings and try and work towards them. I think joy is the ultimate goal! #PoCoLo

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    1. Ah thanks hun, Danielle Laporte sounds like a very wise lady! xx

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  15. What a beautiful choice of words to focus on for this year - joy is so easy to lose sight of during our crazily hectic lives, so keeping it in focus sounds like a great idea! My word for this year is "Healing" which is MUCH needed right now - it was a no brainer for me, really ;)

    Popping over from #sharethejoy

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    1. Oh healing is a good word!

      Thanks for stopping by. xx

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  16. This was my word of the year 2015 and boy did it manifest for me! Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas full of fun and laughter. Here's to a joyful 2016 for us all! Thanks for linking up at #sharethejoy (Michelle at The Joy Chaser and The Essex Barn)

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    1. Thanks hun. I've seen you do some brilliant things because of your blog last year, I'm hoping for a very joyful year. :) xxx

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  17. How brilliant :) Joy is my word for 2016 too! Here's to us both having a joyful year!

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    1. Oh yay! Totally with you on that one hun. xx

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