As you may know, one of the ways I like to welcome in the New Year is by selecting a word of the year. Inspired by Ali Edwards, I started taking part in this tradition back in 2008. On New Year’s Day, I decided I’d like to rekindle the tradition and pick a word — and theme — for 2015.

I had time to ponder my selection on my New Year’s morning “Resolution Run” which was sponsored by my favorite local running store. My running buddies had more fuel left in their tank on New Year’s morning than I did, which gave me some quality time to run alone…and ponder my word.

I decided that I want 2015 to be a year about making things better. And while better is a fine word, I wanted my word for 2015 to be a verb, a word that would inspire me to take action and bring my word to life. And so, after a few searches, I found my word:  improve.

Improve — Aby's word of the year from

While it may not be a glamorous word, I’m really excited about it. I’m excited to make improvement my focal point for 2015. There are so many things I want to improve — my relationships, my home, my professional life/ skills, my health, and, not surprisingly given the impetus for this word, my running! I want to be a faster, better, and stronger runner.

I wanted to share my word with you for two reasons. First, since this word will be a theme for the year ahead, chances are pretty good it will come up in, and possibly even inspire, future blog posts. Second, I’d love to hear if you select a yearly word or theme. If so, please tell me about it in the comments. Can’t wait to hear from you!



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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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