My Word for 2016

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s weekend and that Monday went easy on you. I had full intentions of sharing an ambitious 2016 goals post on January 1st but clearly that didn’t happen for a few reasons:

  1. I crawled out of bed on two hours of sleep for November Project and then immediately got back in to bed until 1:00 p.m.
  2. I was very committed to my movie marathon with Christine.
  3. I didn’t know what my goals were. But more on this one later.

Last year, I rang in 2015 dancing in Christine’s kitchen and was home by 12:15 a.m. I woke up early to run with Chris and we treated ourselves to a delicious brunch at Paramount. This year didn’t exactly go down that way. Instead, we headed to a bar downtown where one of our friends rented out the entire space for about 75 November Project people. It felt like a house party crammed in to a bar, a la Better than Bedtime.


Fast forward to about 3:00 a.m. and Chris and I are making grilled cheeses wondering how the hell we’ll be waking up in two hours for the workout. Well, it wasn’t pretty, but we got there somehow.


I can’t really call my athletic performance that morning “running” but I climbed a few hills, drove home, and snuggled up in bed for a generous nap. I spent the rest of the day watching movies, and the majority of the weekend afterwards mostly involved running errands and catching up with friends in a much more low key way. Chris and I are heading to Costa Rica on Thursday for our friend’s wedding so we’re scrambling around to get a bunch done before that. I can’t believe I’m going to be on a beach in four days. It will make the high of 20-something feel all the sweeter tomorrow.


Now on to the resolutions thing – as I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of goal setting and love anything that will motivate people to make a positive change. I normally come to you with a laundry list of resolutions but it’s January 4th and I have yet to be inspired by a single goal. Sure, I can tell you that I’ll work towards qualifying for Boston this year or building a regular yoga practice or learning new marketing skills to excel in my new job. And I will do these things, but I keep asking myself what I really want to achieve in 2016 beyond these specific goals.

Better yet, I’m asking myself what word I want to guide all the big and small decisions this year. Last year my word was fearless, and I’m not sure how you measure something like that, but I did make a ton of scary life changes so I think I did pretty well. How can I top fearless? It’s a strong, adventurous, and ‘cool kid’ type of sentiment, but the words that are coming to me now aren’t anything like that. Instead, I’m thinking about stability, faith and love. Three words that come with a whole range of clichés but bear with me while I give you my interpretation.


I’ve experienced first hand that growth happens when you venture outside your comfort zone, and I already shared my regrets about living safely during my short time in LA. I don’t want to play it safe, but I also learned that I shouldn’t be ashamed to crave some level of stability in my day-to-day. I love adventures, and I love the rhythm of my normal life. These aren’t mutually exclusive. I simply want to feel grounded again.


I’ve always associated faith with spirituality but in this context I mean faith in myself. I had this once upon a time but picked up a lot of doubts over the last year. I want to rebuild the faith that things will work out and I’m capable of handling whatever comes my way.


And the most cringe-worthy of them all – love. I gave and received a lot of love in 2015, but I know that I could be a hell of a lot nicer to myself. I spent way too much time doubting myself and getting frustrated that nothing was happening as quickly as I wanted. I want to fall in love with my life again and be that person that others want around. My friends, boyfriend, and family were incredibly supportive as I spent a good portion of 2015 feeling pretty low, and it’s time I stop thinking I’m not good enough and focus on giving more to others. God knows they deserve it.


If I had to pick one word, I’m going with faith because I think this can cover all of it. I want to have faith in my intuition telling me it’s ok to pursue adventures while I also rebuild stability. I want to have faith that I’m stronger than I realize and I can do hard things. I want to have faith in my relationships and my ability to love others and myself without judgment. Can’t be so hard, right? :) Here’s to you, 2016.

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PS – I reserve the right to come back with an epic goal post when the mood strikes.

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About Jana

Welcome! My name is Jana, and I'm a 20-something girl building a life fueled by good food, an even better sweat, and all things outdoors. I started this blog as a way for me to share my love for health and fitness. Follow along as I figure out what balance means to me these days through a little (sometimes a lot) of trial and error.


  1. Hope you have an amazing year!!

    Edye <3

  2. Happy New Year, Jana! I love your word faith, 2016 is going to be a great year :)


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