I’m a little late to the “word of the year” game, but I decided it’s time to publish my Word of the Year. This will be the word (or words) that will be sitting in the back of my mind, encouraging me every day. I still sometimes feel like I’m in a state of limbo since I graduated almost nine months ago and haven’t really figured out what I’m doing with my life. Having some underlying encouraging thoughts are definitely much needed in my life right now. The words that I’ve chosen for myself are strength and love, both of which I feel represent what I’m trying to accomplish.

Strength // I chose strength because with all of this uncertainty beating me up, I need to remember to stay strong and keep going. I may not be where I wanted to be at this point in my life but that isn’t a reason to quit. I need to be strong both mentally and physically so I can reach my goals. Nothing worth having comes easy (cliché, I know), but I know what I want so it’s just up to me to make it happen.

Love // I’m not a very religious person, but one of my favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 16:14. “Let all that you do be done in love.” Religious or not I think that this verse speaks to everyone. While I was in college, I had this written on my mirror as a little reminder to do all things with love. Whether it be forging relationships, following a dream, or simply speaking to another person- I need to make sure that I radiate love and kindness. When going through a tough time it is sometimes hard to keep a positive mindset and unfortunately as humans we can be known to project that onto other people, so this is especially important to me.

strength and love


I hope that I can live not only 2016 but the rest of my life with the sort of strength and loving mindset that I am trying to build for myself. Although these two things can seem easily attained, anyone can slip up from time to time and that’s okay.The words strength and love are general and can be applied to anyone or anything. These words aren’t just for me, but for anyone looking to add a little bit of encouragement into their lives.  I believe that the best thing I can do is to accept change and constantly work toward bettering myself, so that’s what I intend to do.


Emily Riane


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