Choosing One Word is the ‘New’ New Year’s Resolution: Mine is Simplicity

It’s all the rage. Rather than starting your year with a bunch of resolutions that will be fractured within a week, broken within a month or two, and completely forgotten by April, the current trend is to choose ONE WORD – a theme upon which to focus for the coming year.

My one word for 2015 is Simplicity. 

It’s a theme I have been pondering for months now, and it began when I started reading the Becoming Minimalist blog. I even planned ahead and bought a book ‘The Simplicity Project‘ along with author Corie Clark’s Purposeful Planner to start the new year right and jump into simplicity head on. *I’ll talk more about my amazing planner in a future post.

I thought long and prayerfully about my word and theme for the year. I made a list of possible choices last week, and then I tried each one on to see which was the best fit. I reflected upon the last year, and considered the opportunities that I might encounter in the coming year. I thought about my losses, opportunities for growth, relationships, goals, and dreams. The words I considered were Love, Grace, Restoration, Minimalism, Purposeful, Journey, and Simplify.

Life Words

Life Words

I like the word Simplicity better, so I chose that as my main theme for the coming year.

photo credit: by Naiyaru

photo credit: by Naiyaru


The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines simplicity like this:

sim·plic·i·ty noun \sim-ˈpli-sə-tē, -ˈplis-tē\
: the quality of being easy to understand or use

: the state or quality of being plain or not fancy or complicated

: something that is simple or ordinary but enjoyable

And simplify as this:

sim·pli·fied sim·pli·fy·ing

: to make simple or simpler: as
a : to reduce to basic essentials
b : to diminish in scope or complexity : streamline <was urged to simplify management procedures>
c : to make more intelligible : clarify

I love to think about how this will apply to all areas of my life: mind, body, and spirit.

Simplicity is what I long for.

Getting back to the basics in my faith.

Ridding my home of excess.

Simplifying relationships with love and truth.

Getting healthy physically with the basics of exercise, drinking water, and eating whole foods.

Removing distractions from my life so that I can become more efficient and purposeful in my time.


The applications are endless.

Share your ONE WORD and why. Please include a link to your blog post if you are writing about your One Word.


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