Word of the Year 2016: Pleasure


2015 was a good year. 2016 is going to be even better because I’ve designated Pleasure as my Word of the Year!

Pleasure. The word itself feels good rolling around in your mouth.

The older I get, the more I realize that life should be fun. I mean really feel good. There’s no one on a death bed reminiscing about how hard they worked and how good that felt. They think about that one time when Rob said that thing to Toni and everybody laughed their asses off for half an hour. Don’t get me wrong, work is great and working hard is important and necessary, but if you’re miserable or getting very little joy out of the thing you spend most of your time doing, you’re wasting your life. Full stop.

If the main word you use to describe your life’s work is ‘grind,’ then you’re doing this all wrong.

Pleasure is my 2016 Word of the Year and there will be lots of beach time involved.

So this year, I’m having more fun with everything! In addition to writing down all the things I want to accomplish this year, I’m writing a list of all the fun and fabulous ways I want to feel this year. I’m planning to be just as giddy about Monday morning as I am about Sunday morning. Well, I already love Mondays so that’s not new but you get my drift. Lolling on the beach for hours? Check. Working at the beach if I need to? Check. Sipping margaritas on the beach? Check.

OK, enough about the beach. But you can come though.

Inspired by the choice of a fellow blogger and instigated by my overwhelming urge to indulge my impulses, pleasure is the perfect word of the year for me. Please feel free to follow along my pleasure journey on Instagram where I announced this a couple of weeks ago. I’m using the hashtag #pursuepleasure across social media so my joy ride will be easy to find.

Word of the Year 2016: Pleasure

Did you choose a Word of the Year for 2016? Do tell!

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  1. 3 February 2016 / 7:21 AM

    Pleasure is definitely a good word to have for the year, mine is travel. Travelling brings me joy and happiness, just exploring the world is so much fun.

  2. 3 February 2016 / 4:53 AM

    This is a really good word to mold your year around, and I second, third, and fourth all plans for the beach!

  3. 30 January 2016 / 4:13 AM

    wow, i wish i can have some pleasure without minding and thinking of the things i have to do, without stress of what will happen next if i have this pleasure.

    • Patranila
      30 January 2016 / 6:42 AM

      You can Melandria! It’s a simple choice to have some fun and not worry about other things. You’re entitled!

  4. 29 January 2016 / 6:57 PM

    I think that’s a fantastic word of the year! Who wouldn’t want more pleasure in their lives? I think mine would have to be “Start” because I’m starting so many new things this year!

    • Patranila
      30 January 2016 / 6:46 AM

      You’d be surprised Shaylee. People actively resist it. Start is a good one!

  5. 29 January 2016 / 3:24 PM

    This is a really great post! My word of the day is growth. I would love to grow the love and relationships in our blended family, grow my blog and grow personally. I’m learning to play the piano to grow my talents – woo hoo!

  6. Rosey
    29 January 2016 / 6:15 AM

    If that’s your focus, it’s bound to happen. Happy new year to you!

  7. 28 January 2016 / 11:19 PM

    Success is my word, I did a lot of preparation on 2015 and the goal for this one is to put all that on practice

  8. michelle_
    28 January 2016 / 10:02 PM

    I find after a close call with death, I enjoy and find pleasure in the simple things in life such as being with my family !

  9. 28 January 2016 / 9:25 PM

    Mine is focus. Pleasure is a good word, too. It’s true we should enjoy what we are doing.

  10. 28 January 2016 / 8:49 PM

    My word would be happiness. That’s how I feel 2016. Angela from Daysinbed

  11. 28 January 2016 / 12:14 PM

    You can’t not have a great year when your word is pleasure. I hope you have an awesome 2016!

    • Patranila
      28 January 2016 / 12:46 PM

      Thanks Liz! That’s the plan.

  12. 28 January 2016 / 10:09 AM

    I love this post! I haven’t chosen a word of the year but this seems like a good one. Maybe I’ll have supercalifragilisicexpialidocious.

  13. 28 January 2016 / 9:28 AM

    My chosen word for the year is “Learning.” I don’t think age or having children and raising a family should stop us from learning new things.

    • Patranila
      28 January 2016 / 12:45 PM

      Learning is a great choice Eileen!

  14. Lexie Lane
    28 January 2016 / 8:13 AM

    Yeah, you’re right. We should always have fun what we are doing. I chose a word for 2016, and it is THANKFUL. I am so thankful for the blessings I got this month.

  15. nicole escat
    28 January 2016 / 4:50 AM

    I love reading your post. I would love to try sitting on the beach sipping margarita and do the social media chores.

  16. 28 January 2016 / 4:46 AM

    I am with you on that one. We need to stop waiting for tomorrow to be happy about our lives

  17. 28 January 2016 / 2:47 AM

    i haven’t picked a word for the year but if i did i think it would be brand because I’m working on building my brand as an actor and a blogger

  18. 28 January 2016 / 2:12 AM

    What a great word of the year. Pleasure can have so many connotations good and bad.

    • Patranila
      28 January 2016 / 12:44 PM

      Really? What are the bad connotations for pleasure?

  19. 18 January 2016 / 8:36 PM

    Oh my god. I *LOVE* this! Oh my gosh. I have to do this. What a brilliant, beautiful idea. This is really going to give me a good perspective on this new year. I have a lot I want to accomplish, so maybe my word could be success. I’ll play with it a bit. This is going to be wonderful food for thought. Thank you so much! XOXO

    • Patranila
      18 January 2016 / 9:24 PM

      Hey Breanna! I’m so glad you’re inspired. Please come back and let me know what you choose for your year! XOXO

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