Tuesday, 19 January 2016

My Word for 2016: Future

Do you use facebook on a regular basis? If so, maybe you have seen friends posting the results of (to give a recent example) entering their name and clicking on "next" to find their word for 2016. You may even have tried it yourself, as I did! 

Of course we realise that this isn't exactly scientific, but I decided to see what word it would give me for 2016. As you can see by the title of the post, my word was "Future". Apparently I will make new connections and find a lot of happiness. This word will guide me through the year of 2016. It will support me in my daily struggles and situations that may appear hopeless. This word will always show me the silver lining so that I won't ever need to worry. As I commented on facebook, wealth would have been good but I'll settle for happiness!

My first reaction on being given the word "future" was that it wouldn't be an appropriate word for me. I believe in making the most of the present. Not looking back and regretting the past, and definitely not looking forward and worrying about things that may never happen. 

However I gave it a bit more thought and could see how "future" might be a very helpful word for 2016. I have decided to try an anti-inflammatory diet in the hope that it might ward off arthritis, after my doctor told me that I have arthritis in my jaw. This may not have an immediate effect, but hopefully it will improve my overall health for the future. 

I have also started doing a daily shiatsu facial massage, which I'm hoping will show positive results in a month or so. Why not take a look here at an example of giving yourself a facial massage? I am using a video, which assures me that it will prevent wrinkles - in my case I already have them, but I'll be happy if it will prevent more wrinkles in the future! I am also starting a body toning routine, which will supplement the walking that I do every day to keep fit. I have learnt that it can take time to see results from any fitness programme, so again this will be something for the future.

Beautiful Paris
I will be visiting France in 2016. We are going to Bordeaux at the beginning of March to celebrate my husband's birthday and we will also be meeting friends there, which will be great. Talking of the future though, I hope to visit Paris in 2017 to celebrate my 70th birthday, so I will be planning this in 2016 and definitely looking forward to our future visit.

Many of my posts are about fashion for over 60 (and particularly petite) women. Over the last 12 months I've learnt a lot about what colours, shapes and styles suit me. My capsule wardrobe is developing and I expect it to develop further over the next 12 months, so that eventually I will have a wardrobe consisting of clothes that I love and that love me. My capsule wardrobe is a work in progress, however I am hoping that some time in the future you will see a far more stylish version of me on my blog.

To summarise: 2016 will be a work in progress for me, definitely living in the present but at the same time working towards a happier, healthier and more stylish future. Have you picked a theme for 2016? If so, please share it with us.


  1. I think my word for 2016 has been mindfulness: I want to grow more aware of my surroundings and my place in them, and accept my feelings more. I find that sensory experiences like massage have really helped. I see that you're doing your own explorations in massage, so we have something in common! Thanks for a great post.

  2. Thanks for commenting, Deborah. It's a great feeling to connect with my readers and know somebody out there is actually reading my words! Mindfulness is a great word - let me know at the end of the year how it has helped you. The anti-inlammatory diet has been very helpful, however I haven't been doing my shiatsu massage as often as I planned. I need to schedule it in on a more regular basis!