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#oneword365 – My word for 2017 is ‘Simplify’

January 2, 2017

As part of #oneword365, Balance was my word for 2016. Do you know how hard it is to find Balance in your life? Sometimes I thought I had found the answer and then other days I was so out of equilibrium that I felt dizzy!

Whilst I am still working towards attaining more Balance in my life, my word for 2017 is ‘Simplify’. Actually perhaps my 2017 word will help me achieve Balance which I so desperately wanted in 2016.


Life is a blur at the moment. 2016 saw the passing of my father-in-law and increased care of my 90 year old mother-in-law. Days just seemed to run into the other over the last six months of the year. I was tired constantly and found I couldn’t sleep.  No time for my husband and the one joy of each week was minding my darling grandson Ethan.

In 2017 I just want to step back and simplify my life (and perhaps take some of my own advice that I’ve written about on the blog!).

Simplify my thoughts

Simplify my thoughts

I’m guilty of overthinking and worry can rob me of happiness at times. Worry is such a wasted emotion, so in 2017 I’m aiming to give my mind a rest and simplify my thoughts.  I’ve decided to increase my yoga and meditate (seriously) each day.

Simplify my connections


In 2016, Social Media and my blog totally took over my life. Checking who was following, who wasn’t, who subscribed, who unsubscribed. Was my content good enough?  Did I write too much or too little?

I started the blog when I retired as a way of expressing myself and encouraging others to lead a healthier and happier life in midlife.  However, 2016 found me spending so much time on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Flipboard and Niume.

Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

I have spent hours, commenting on other blog posts in several Facebook Groups plus maintaining my Sizzling Towards 60 Facebook page and my #couchpotatotofabfit Facebook Group PLUS my website that my ‘hobby in retirement’ took over my life.

I’m am assured by many other bloggers that they feel this pressure on their time as well.

The answer?

  • Reassess why I blog and stick to my plan
  • Don’t compare myself with other bloggers
  • If I don’t enjoy what I’m doing then find something that I do enjoy

Simplify my time


Sounds simple doesn’t it?  However, when I look at what fills my time at the moment, there isn’t much ‘fun’ time.  Not saying ‘No’ enough and doing things that don’t make me happy has taken up too much of my precious time.

The answer?

In 2017, I will jealously guard my time and be more discerning in how I spend it.

That includes:

  • spending more quality time with my darling,
  • spending time with my family and friends in person rather than social media or texting
  • I will also still be running with my Saturday Sisters but I also want to try new things.  In fact, I recently wrote a post ’17 things on my ‘to do’ list in 2017′ which details things I would like to try or make time for in 2017.
  • I want to ‘just be’ each day and appreciate the wonder of a beautiful blue sky or the happiness that flowers can bring just by looking at them.

In other words appreciate the simple things in life – a cliche but true.

Well I think that is a good start to putting my word for 2017 into practice.  I will be sharing my progress throughout the year and hope you will follow along.

Would you like to Simplify your life?  If not, what would your Word for 2017 be?


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  • Reply Bev January 2, 2017 at 14:23

    I can so relate to your word and thoughts about it. Especially like the idea of guarding your time. My word this year is cultivate.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2017 at 16:19

      Hi Bev guarding my time is something I really need to work on. I do like your word Cultivate and will be heading over to read your post. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Valerie January 2, 2017 at 14:40

    I hope 2017 will be a more simplified year for you. I hear you re social media (I stopped doing my Facebook page for literally all last year, but then got more into Instagram, ha!). My word is Bloom (but I will also aim to strive for balance( x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2017 at 16:21

      Thanks Valerie. 2016 was pretty tough but then it was for many people. I’ve tried to cut back on social media there are so many that we ‘should be’ using but it is almost impossible to keep up. I’ve just really got into Instagram and I love that the most. What a lovely word you have chosen ‘Bloom’ I’m looking forward to reading your post. Have a wonderful 2017. x

  • Reply January 2, 2017 at 15:24

    I love this word Sue – and I think you’ll find it a good reminder when life starts overwhelming you. It’s about finding what is important and enriching and focusing on it rather than being pulled in every direction. My word for 2017 is “Enough” for many of the same reasons you’ve chosen – pulling back a little and appreciating more is my goal!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2017 at 16:22

      Thanks Leanne I have read your post and was nodding as I read it. Enough is a great word. I think that Simplify will bring balance and life will be a lot more enjoyable. Have a beautiful 2017 my friend. x

  • Reply Grammy Dee January 2, 2017 at 16:17

    I only heard about this word thing recently. Simplify is great but the word that comes to mind for me is joy. I suppose I should write a post about it 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2017 at 16:23

      Hi Dee, Joy is such an uplifting word and a wonderful word for a New Year. I’d love to read your post about it so look forward to it. Have a Joyful and Wonderful 2017. x

  • Reply Kala Ravi January 2, 2017 at 17:59

    Simplify!! Simple enough that sounds but I am sure tough following it through when one has so many things to do and be distracted with. Happy New year Sue! I do hope 2017 will turn out just the way you want it…Simply Beautiful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 3, 2017 at 08:10

      Yes Kala it sounds simple but let’s see if I can achieve it in 2017! Happy New Year to you Kala. x

  • Reply candy January 3, 2017 at 03:02

    Just now hearing about this word thing that is happening. Like this word and could use it in many areas of my life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 3, 2017 at 08:10

      I’m sure we all could use it Candy so I’m giving it a try. x

  • Reply Roxanne Jones January 3, 2017 at 11:53

    Simplify–it’s such a good word for so many aspects of our lives! I especially relate to the black hole that social media can become when you’re a blogger. I really appreciate your advice to yourself to stick with your original plans/goals and not compare yourself to others. My word for 2017 is kindness, and as I write this I realize it applies to me, too–and giving myself permission to ease up!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2017 at 08:16

      Hi Roxanne! Yes Social Media nearly drove me crazy last year and I’m determined not to let it rule my life this year. I love ‘kindness’ for your word. There certainly needs to be more kindness in this world and also being kind to ourselves is something we need to be more mindful of. Have a wonderful 2017 and look forward to reading your posts.

  • Reply Jennifer January 3, 2017 at 21:34

    I love the word simplify. My word is renewal and I find we have similar intentions. Taking it easier, coming back to center and reconnecting with what makes us feel better.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2017 at 08:15

      Hi Jennifer! I love renewal for your word – it conjures up excitement, new beginnings and hope. I look forward to reading more about your ‘renewal’. Happy New Year!

  • Reply Lori Hill-Smith January 4, 2017 at 09:48

    I like your plan for 2017! As much as I’d like to simplify my life, I don’t think that will happen for awhile yet. I’ve recently “retired” (without a pension) and will be figuring out how to earn an income. Balance may be a better word for me this year – I’m going to need to remember to take time out to relax and enjoy life!

    I wish you the best of luck as you look toward simplifying your life in 2017!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2017 at 16:14

      Thanks Lori. Sometimes words seem easy but putting into practice can be the hard part! Have a wonderfully balanced 2017! xx

  • Reply Carol ("Mimi") January 4, 2017 at 23:09

    Great ideas! I sizzled right on into 66 during 2016. I totally agree with your ideas about simplifying our lives and focusing on the things that really matter. Thanks!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 5, 2017 at 05:06

      Oh no Mimi surely you meant 56! You look fabulous! Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Karen Del Tatto January 5, 2017 at 06:14

    Sue, Wonderful insights for simplifying life!

    I never thought about how we can simplify our thoughts. As a sister worrier and over-thinker, I need to give that a whirl. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this encouraging post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:09

      Thanks Karen. It is so easy to let the worries of the world overwhelm us so that is definitely one area I’m hoping to focus on for 2017. Have a fabulous year x

  • Reply Vanessa January 5, 2017 at 09:11

    I think simplifying is an ongoing process for me. Things weren’t very simple in recent years, last year they were so-so, and this year I don’t know! I’m being cautious about planning in the blogging world’s “must talk about 2017-ness” right now because I don’t know what I want to work towards.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:10

      Well I think you should not put pressure on and just go with the flow Vanessa. WE don’t really need a word although it does help sometimes. I do hope that 2017 is a happy and healthy one for you and look forward to following your blog. x

  • Reply Deborah January 5, 2017 at 10:17

    I love your word! And it’s one that we can ‘spread’ across so many areas of our lives – as you’ve done. I tend to make things harder than they should be and I need to work on that!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:10

      Thanks Deborah! I just found that life was overwhelming and most of the pressure came from me. Simplifying is a good way to try to get some control back into my life. Have a great year!

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle January 5, 2017 at 16:46

    Simplify is a great word and one that everyone should take note of I think. Life can get far too complex and draining! I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father-in-law. I lost my father-in-law several years ago and my 90 (nearly 91) year old mother-in-law in October 2015 but it still feels like yesterday. Happy New Year to you! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:12

      Oh Min, you would know how it is then with both your MIL and FIL. They both lived to wonderful ages didn’t they. I just feel after 2016 I really need the simple life for a while. We have a holiday to Spain planned for October and I can’t wait! Have a wonderful 2017. xx

  • Reply Jo Tracey January 5, 2017 at 16:50

    I love your word! It’s true what you say- things get out of control ‘ before you know it, you’ve almost forgotten your ‘why’ – especially as it relates to blogging.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:13

      Exactly Jo I have forgotten ‘why’ so I need to just settle down and make life a little kinder and gentler on myself. I ask myself every week why I blog LOL:) Have a fabulous 2017!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl January 5, 2017 at 18:06

    An excellent resolution and word for the new year, Sue. I always need to be reminded to simplify as the year progresses. I can relate also to the almost forgetting your ‘why’.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:15

      It is certainly reassuring to hear others feel the same way – sometimes I think it is just me. Anyway Simplify is the goal so let’s see how I go for the next 12 months. Have a fabulous 2017. x

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project January 5, 2017 at 18:54

    I love the word SIMPLIFY Sue. It’s something I’d like to focus on in 2017 too. I also need to jealously guard my time, lest it be stolen by those unworthy of it (or social media!). Happy New Year to you 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:15

      Hi Lyndall! Social media can be a killer can’t it. I’m trying to change my mornings and starting a daily ritual WITHOUT checking my iphone as soon as I wake up. Have a wonderful 2017 xx

  • Reply Kirsty @ My Home Truths January 5, 2017 at 22:56

    I’m loving all the words people are coming up with for this year. Simplify has to be my favourite so far. It’s exactly what I need to do too. Let’s hope we can both make good ground in simplifyng our lives this year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:17

      Yes Kirsty I love reading all the different words that people select and why they have chosen their particular word. I’ve had so many people say they want to simplify their lives we should start a movement worldwide LOL:) Have a wonderful 2017. x

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit January 6, 2017 at 06:05

    Great quote by Hans Hoffman.
    Great word too! Happy New Word Sue

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:18

      yes I loved the quote and it fitted perfectly into my post. Thanks Leanne and I hope your year will BE wonderful, fabulous and BEautiful.xx

  • Reply Kathy Marris January 6, 2017 at 12:27

    Simplify is a great word for 2017 Sue. If only it was simple to simplify our lives. As bloggers we do get caught up in the competitive world of blogging and trying to improve our content and readership. I am also an overthinker and tend to worry too much about trivial things. My word is “foster” and I have already decided to give away some of my web writing work that I do Monday to Friday to enable me some free time to implement my word. Fingers crossed I will be able to foster my blog and Ebook during 2017. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:20

      Hi Kathy I’ve only known you a short time but we really seem to be on the same wavelength. It is lovely to know others think the same. I love your word ‘foster’ and good for you to free up some time for your blog and Ebook. Have a great 2017 xx

  • Reply candy January 6, 2017 at 12:29

    I want to just be look around and enjoy the blue sky. We should all be more aware of what is happening around us and be appreciative of it. Goes back to your other post of write it down and put it in the jar. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers link party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:21

      I do that with my grandson Candy. We look at the sky and just enjoy it’s beauty. There is so much to love about nature we just need to slow down and enjoy it. Have a lovely weekend. x

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle January 6, 2017 at 12:57

    I do like your word, simplify. Having the word will help you remember when things get too hectic. I have not thought of a word but I do want to concentrate more on the things that I enjoy doing. Maybe put boundaries on the things I think I have to do. All the best for 2017.
    Kathleen (via blogging g’s)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 6, 2017 at 14:23

      Thanks Kathleen. I just felt a little calmer when I thought of the word and knew it was the one for me this year. I’m with you about enjoying more of the things we love.

  • Reply Jean | January 7, 2017 at 01:34

    Sue, this is a post I’m going to email to myself and re-read every so often. Worry is one of my biggest problems, and my word for the year is “Simplicity,” and the two are not compatible! About the blogging and social media: I knew when I started my blog 7 years ago, I’d never be able to post consistently any more frequently than once a week, so once a week is it. And I signed up with Twitter. Found I could handle that, but knew I could never handle Facebook. Then more and more social media platforms kept springing up. I finally succumbed to Pinterest. So that’s all I do: blog once a week, tweet whenever I feel like it, pin whenever I feel like it. And ignore everything else! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 05:52

      Thank you so much Jean, I’m delighted that you found the post useful. Worry is a killer for me and I really am working on that. You seem to have tackled the social media problem though. I’ve only been blogging 2 years and have been caught up in the SM whirl I just want to get off. I admire that you stick to your blogging schedule and not get caught up in the hype of SM. I need to take a leaf out of your book. Have a wonderful 2017. xx

  • Reply Clearissa Coward January 7, 2017 at 04:02

    Oh my how I needed this post. I spent all of 2016 worrying if my blog and thusly, my following were growing. What was I doing wrong? How could I improve it. It was exhausting and once I unplugged for the holidays, I have found it difficult to begin again because it was simply so nice to not be on social media. Don’t get me wrong, I love my blog. I love sharing organizing ideas or craft projects and decorating ideas but comparing my blog with others and turning it into work instead of fun really took a toll. I am going to take a page from your book and simplify, but if I had to choose a personal word, I think it would reevaluate. I want to reevaluate my reason for blogging and learn to enjoy it again. I want to thank you Sue for sharing with #blogginggrandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 05:59

      Clearissa I hear you! I have experienced exactly the same feelings and sometimes I wonder ‘why’ I’m blogging at all. I’m like you and worry about readership, is my content right?, comparing myself to others and we need to stop it otherwise the fun goes out of blogging. Reevaluate sounds like a perfect word for you at the moment. I look forward to reading more of your posts and have a wonderful 2017. xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee January 7, 2017 at 13:16

    I commented earlier that I had only recently heard about this word thing and that the word that comes to mind for me is joy. Thank you for partying with us at Blogging Grandmothers Link Party. We’ve shared your post on our social media sites.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2017 at 15:27

      Thanks for sharing Dee and I think Joy is a wonderfully happy and positive way to start 2017 xx

  • Reply Melinda Mitchell January 9, 2017 at 03:16

    Simplify is something I think we can all do more of!! I plan to simplify my house by purging more stuff!
    My word is “Thankful”! I want to thank God every day for all my many blessings!
    Social media- oh! It gives me a headache when I see all the things we “Should” be doing!! I don’t have enough energy or time for all that! I enjoy my blog, and I won’t let it become drudgery!
    Grammy’s Blogging Grandmothers

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:56

      Thankful is such a lovely word as we can all achieve this every day by taking a few moments to think about all the good in our lives. I tried doing all the ‘should be doing’ things for Social Media and it is a full time job! I’m going to follow my own path in 2017 and I’m sure I will be happier. WE will also be moving from our home of 10 years which is actually my parents-in-law’s home. We have been caring for them for many years and last year my FIL passed away and my 90 year old MIL will be going to a home soon. I dread the thought of all that we have accumulated here! I’m sure purging is a great feeling once it is done. Good luck!

  • Reply Lauren January 9, 2017 at 12:04

    Sounds like a great plan for 2017.. it is true that comparison is the thief of joy so just continue to do you! 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:58

      Yes I really need the simple life for a while Lauren! I love your comment ‘just continue to do you’ – great! Have a wonderful 2017 and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs January 9, 2017 at 18:00

    I like the way you have reviewed your blogging and other (i.e. REAL) life to come up with your word. it’s a beauty.
    I recall making my blog and social media FAR too much for me when I ended up with 2 education blogs, twitter handles and IG ones too, along with the personal! I knew I had much to offer but with an already crowded www I was lost. So, in 2015 I simplified the blog because I had to. We sold, moved and all that jazz. I still do not feel at all settled but that is a story for another time.
    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek2/52
    PS I broke a little rule of mine by making a separate IG and FB page for my mandalas this year. I want to see how that goes and if it become too much, I will go back to having them all under the one name.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:51

      I find it so difficult Denyse to not get caught up in all the SM hype and so called ‘rules’. It really does take the pleasure out of blogging. I’m feeling much better about it all now and so pleased that we have connected. I’m sorry you don’t feel settled hopefully that will change. Have a beautiful day x

  • Reply Linda [In An Unguarded Moment] January 9, 2017 at 20:35

    This is my word for the year too!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:49

      Hi Linda! I will have to pop over and check your blog out. I think it is a great word for this year and perhaps not too hard to achieve. Have a lovely day xx

  • Reply Deb @ inner compass designs January 9, 2017 at 23:22

    Sounds like you have a very clear path forward. I think many people get caught up in comparison and time suckers in the early years of blogging. Eventually you learn to let go of much of the pressure and “rules” and find your own sweet spot. Xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:48

      Hi Deb! Learning to let go with anything can be difficult but I am with my blog and I am enjoying it so much more. No pressure! Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Kat January 10, 2017 at 03:56

    Let me know if you master the “not comparing myself to others” bit because that is so difficult. I’ve been struggling with it for ages! It’s one of those things that you have to constantly remind yourself about I think. I love your plan though, here’s to a great 2017!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:47

      Yes it certainly is a hard one Kat! I just keep working on it and sometimes I realise that those I compare myself to have their own self-doubt and concerns. Have a great 2017 and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Julie @ Off to the park January 10, 2017 at 12:21

    Hi Sue, I love your word Simplify, and can totally relate with how you are choosing to use it….I think it could be a great support word to my word Nourish! I know I need to simplify my home, and life, to get rid of the emotional and physical clutter that seems to bring me down, and take back what nourishes me 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2017 at 13:00

      Hi Julie Nourish is a great word! It can apply to all areas of our life and you are right it is a great support word to Simplify. x

  • Reply Christina January 10, 2017 at 21:32

    Simplification of our lives is something we can all benefit from Sue, thanks for the reminder!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2017 at 13:03

      Thanks Christina! Not sure how simple it will be for me but I’m giving it a try!

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    Simplify seems to be something everyone is searching for desperately. I was just discussing the prospect with the ladies of my church small group last night. 🙂 The prospect seems relieving.

    I’m a mom of two tots, a blogger, a wife to man who is in poor health, and about to face a giant move away from my support group I have spent the last there years collecting (to me at least).

    I guess #reboot would probably be my word. With the move I’m shedding allot of our physical load, making for a fresh start in the new home. Like you I seek balance between mom, and writing. I’m reproaching my near complete book with a new approach. I’m excited to see what this new start has in store for me!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2017 at 13:02

      Something so simple yet you are right we are all searching for simplicity in life. I do hope this year brings you happiness and that you cope with the changes in your life. Best wishes to your husband and hope he improves. #reboot is a wonderful way to look at the New Year.

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt January 11, 2017 at 10:11

    HI Sue! So fun to catch up with your amazing posts! Of course I get your newsletter, but I had to catch up this week. Good timing for BSL!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 11, 2017 at 12:52

      Thanks Terri! Appreciate your encouragement and support. xx

  • Reply Molly Stevens January 12, 2017 at 09:41

    I haven’t felt well for a few weeks, Sue, and it has forced me to limit my activity. The positive side? I am more centered and relaxed (when I’m not coughing that is!) and it has helped me focus on my priorities. I don’t wish anyone to be sick, but if under the weather it could be your body’s way of taking a ‘time out.’ Simplify is a terrific word to live by.

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      Oh Molly, I’m sorry you haven’t been well and hope you are on the mend. We have to listen to our bodies and you are right sometimes it makes us sick so that we do stop and recover. Have a beautiful day my friend and get well soon xx

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