Just Breathe

My 2016 word for the year is Breathe.

I really thought about chortle or burble and definitely had to fight off my inner smartass over the urge to use floccinaucinihilipilification . But then I  decided to straighten up and take this week’s writing prompt a bit more seriously.

Although I’ll admit to being a wee bit self-impressed because I didn’t have to use spell-check to spell floccinaucinihilipilification correctly. Self-impressed and just a little concerned.

2015 was not one of my better years. It goes without saying that I really hope 2016 will be better. But since 2015 did its level best to make me more of a realist than the optimist I used to  be, I’m not really pinning a lot of hopes on that.

I also thought about using geradeaus, the German word for “straight ahead”.  I’ve spent an awful lot of time running around in circles in both my personal and professional life in recent years, and it’s really time I tried to focus on moving forward in the right direction. Geradeaus.  I’m tired of looking back at my mistakes and trying to swallow that bitter taste of regret; I’ve wallowed in the past long enough.

But I settled on breathe because, well, it’s something I sort of forgot to do in 2015.

I got caught up in my daughter’s graduation and then her moving out, and I got overwhelmed with being forced to trade my little dream house for a subsidized apartment that I hate. With a passion. I hit a really low point in my life with my battle with Depression. And even though I really hate to mention the elephant in the room, I spent a big portion of 2015 worrying about an angry little blogger who chose to focus an awful lot of negative energy on me. Instead of letting her get under my skin, I should have just remembered the old lesson from Kindergarten about sticks and stones.

In 2016, I want to remember to breathe. When life gets overwhelming this year, as I’m sure it will at some point, I want to remember to take a moment, focus, and just breathe. In and out.

I want to breathe and remind myself that, no matter what, life gets better. It may take a while, and it will probably hurt like hell along the way, but it gets better.

As my favorite comedian, Mark Lowry, has said, “It’ll pass. It will or you will.”

Like it or not, 2016 is here, and all the New Year’s Resolutions in the world can’t slow it down or stop it. It’s going to bring good things and bad things and things that make me scratch my head and ask “what the hell was that all about?”

Time to buckle in, take a deep breath, and hang on for dear life.

Happy New Year, everyone. What’s your word for 2016?

This is a Finish the Sentence Friday post. This week’s sentence is “My 2016 word for the year is…” Hosted by Kristi ofFinding Ninee,  Mardra Sikora and Allison McGrath Smith.


Author: A.J. Goode

I am a romance novelist, single mother of three, and a high school lunchlady. To be completely honest, I have no idea which of those jobs is the most rewarding and which is the biggest challenge. I love them all. I write romance novels about the kind of people who might pass me on the street every day. My characters are often hurting in some way, and need to learn to trust others in order to heal themselves. I also blog about trying to focus on writing, and about my day-to-day experiences in small-town America. I write about life. The good, the bad, and the just plain odd.

23 thoughts on “Just Breathe”

  1. I LOVE that you know floccinaucinihilipilification – that is one of my favorite words! 😀
    Breathe is such a good choice and something I tell myself often when I find things overwhelming (and I often do). Take deep breaths and have a great year!


  2. I can’t spell that word. Or even pronounce it. I’m very impressed you can spell it AND (I assume) know what it means. I like it though.

    I think your word for 2016 is great. I hope it reminds you to take time, to stop, to just BE, for a bit. Sorry about the apartment though – that sucks if you’re living somewhere you’re not comfortable. And the attacks you’ve been under! How horrid. I hope those things can change for you, or that you can find ways to change so you’re happier where and how you are.

    All the best for your year, and your word.


  3. Breathe. Great word for 2016. I hope that the angry blogger has since left you alone and will stay away this year and always. I also hope that something changes so that you can not be in an apartment that you can’t stand – that’s so hard and makes it harder to feel positive about changes and what’s coming up in the future. Also floccinaucinihilipilification?? I had to Google it. Color me impressed! 🙂


  4. okay. I would’ve had to look up defintitions just a few years ago to make sure I wanted to use breathe rather than breath. Spelling and me, not so much. I’m so sorry you had a tough go in 2015. As much as I’d not like to think it, life is ups and downs. Sometimes major changes. Wishing you all the best in 2016. Blue skies!


  5. Breathe! Yes! I’m so wishing you an easier year this year. Sorry to hear about the other blogger; I hadn’t been aware of that problem. You’re such a sweetheart I can’t imagine anyone being negative with your! Sending hugs as we start 2016!


  6. My word would probably be something dreary like ‘survive’ or ‘luve’ or ‘alive’.. so boring. I much prefer your other word, the one that starts with ‘f’… Now could you please use that in a sentence. I’d like to start impressing my family…love your wit. Despite all the running in circles you haven’t lost that somewhere along the way.


  7. Ohmigosh, I’m feeling just like this too: But since 2015 did its level best to make me more of a realist than the optimist I used to be, I’m not really pinning a lot of hopes on that.

    That’s exactly what 2015 did to me too. Breathing is good.


  8. Yes! Breathe. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about your difficult year and the negativity you faced and am glad you have found a vehicle to express it so clearly and eloquently here instead of keeping it all bottled up inside. Keep breathing. Keep going. Keep believing. You can do this.

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  9. Yes to this. I have many colliding thoughts from your share here. 1) sorry 2015 sucked 2) Breathing isn’t as easy as it looks for me either. I literally put “Breathe” on a post it note on my computer cause, well, I forget. So you are on the right track to healing with this one. I hope it guides you to a better place. Best Wishes – Ms


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