Innovation in 2016

DSCN6566“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”  

~T.S. Eliot



Just before the New Year, I have a tradition of choosing a word to guide me through the coming year.  It becomes my muse, my mantra, my guide.  In 2014, as I had retired, I chose THRIVE.  I needed to remind myself that I was healing and to nurture myself….that I was still alive and thriving.  In 2015, I chose SOAR.  As I had healed more, I felt like flying.  Getting above the clouds, and the gray, to see what was over the horizon.  It felt like a year to just enjoy my life.




Now with 2016, I am feeling like I need to get out of my cocooned comfort zone.  At first I thought my word might be Connection or even Diving, but neither felt quite right.  And as I started my search, I happened on, Move.  Yes, I did need to Move more….still not quite right.



Then I saw three more:  Stretch, Integrate and Innovate.  Stretch, now that was a great word.  I needed to let go and get out there more….yes, this would do me nicely.  But you know, I liked Integrate.  I have so many skills I need to use more…to integrate the parts of me as a whole.  Maybe, this is the word.



But Innovate was still circling around.  I had seen this word before in a Facebook game I played.



This word will guide you through the year of 2016! It will support you in your daily struggles and situations that may appear hopeless. This word will always show you the silver lining so that you won’t ever need to worry. It was chosen for you specifically, embrace it!



OK this sounds like a word I could embrace.  But this word was big….so big it scared me.  Am I up to the task of this word Innovation?  I don’t know!  It is like Stretch, but a bit more forceful.  Like a shove in the back to get out on that stage and show your stuff.  Not exactly what an introvert wants to do.  But maybe, that is exactly what I need.  After all I did say I needed to let go, to move, to go beyond my comfort zone.  Stretch could help me do this, but it is too comfy a word.  I might not Stretch enough.




innovate wordle


So I vacillated between the two some more, Stretch and Innovate; Innovate and Stretch.  As I thought more about Innovate, I saw for me that it could mean new, different, expand, branch out, extend….and Stretch.  But it adds a different dimension to Stretch….a little more oomph!  And it incorporates Move and Integrate…I see me doing more, and using more skills with Innovate.





Oh yes….just maybe.  Perhaps Innovate will help me break free from some self-imposed bonds….to experience life more without fear, or with accepting there will be fear.  So I took the leap…and decided on Innovate.



It is causing some butterflies in my stomach….a scary excitement as to what this year will hold.  But oh, how I am looking forward to it.  As I am already encountering situations, I am looking on them with fresh new eyes…a new perspective…with Innovation.  And on this New Year’s Eve, I ready to Innovate in 2016!



Do you have a word to guide you this year?



cosmos collage2



Note:   The flowers pictured here are cosmos, which in Greek means order, harmony, or the world.  In the Language of Flowers, it also means innocence.  The collage of words was made in Wordle.





I leave you with my image for Innovate 2016.  Feel free to download this photo and share.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

29 Replies to “Innovation in 2016”

  1. I love the choice of flower, word and the journey/meditation that led you to our decision on your word for the year. I haven’t done this in a while…I think the last time I did my word was balance.

    Happy and Innovative New Year to you, Donna!! 🙂

  2. Wonderful post, dear Donna!
    I would like to share your lovely “Innovate” image (and make of it a link to this post) in one of my first posts of 2016.
    With warmest greetings and best wishes for a New Year full of happiness and health,

  3. I liked how you shared your thoughts about the word choices and their implications – you strike me as a woman of courage & energy & order so innovate will be exciting and perhaps quite fresh and different – Happy New Year Donna x

    1. Sometimes I am not sure if I see myself that way which is why I love how others see me…sometimes more true than my own image. I am thinking the same Laura…as I approach each task I am letting my innovative/creative self take hold to try something a bit different. Should be a fun year. Later this month, I will have more about Innovate and how I am using it as a manifesto. Happy New Year to you dear Laura! x

      1. I agree with Laura about your courage and energy. I predict that Innovate will lead you in exciting directions, Donna!

  4. I really love the word “innovate”!
    It’s one I dance with. I want to get to know it better.
    Something about it feels resourceful.
    Like a bold form of creativity that is functional.
    I just really like it:)
    I wish you oceans of innovation this year, friend,

  5. So, INNOVATE it is, Donna! I am inspired about finding a word for each year, especially with the idea of each new word building on the last. Hmmmm. That’s something for me to ruminate on a bit….! 🙂 (RUMINATION?)

  6. Innovation and creativity has always been in my blood, but I would say this years and all coming years I will stick with “good health”. I always try to encourage readers to get out of their own house and property. So much inspiration lies out there in every season. But readers have to have good health first. I wish you good health and hope you leave your “cocooned comfort” for all the life experiences that await. Happy New Year, Donna.

    1. Absolutely…without good health we cannot do much. And as my health has improved, I feel ready to move and stretch more. I wish you good health too Donna. Safe travels and a Happy New Year!

  7. Innovation is a great word, Donna, good luck! Let it guide you and enrich you in all its strength.
    I’ve chosen the word Gratitude, or rather it has chosen me, this year I feel like I haven’t had any other option… Year by year, this game with words is more and more inspiring! 🙂

  8. Good question! I’ll think about!… So inspired… I salute innovation, inner peace and harmony, as well…
    Happy, Healthy, Positive and Prosperous, New Year, 2016!
    Un An Nou Fericit, 2016!

  9. Donna, we have found so many similarities over the years and we often comment that we are soul sisters. Ironically I got this word on the FB game too and I decided to embrace it. Last year was so busy and in many was I stagnated. I thought Innovate was a good word to break out and move forward. I look forward to reading about your journey. Happy New Year dear friend!

    1. One more way we are connected Karin…indeed we are souls sisters, and I hope we can meet one day soon! I think this word, Innovate, will bring so much to both of us this year! I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds for both of us! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  10. I love your thought process on who you came to settle on the word Innovate. I look forward to seeing your posts on the theme throughout 2016.

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