A little end-of-year update


My one big goal for November is done.

I did my Spanish exam. I’ll find out whether I passed tomorrow evening but I did say to friends that I have done my absolute best – I have never in my life practised this hard for anything and I’m proud of all my efforts.

I also had probably 5 times as much fun as I did in the June exam which is all good.


But moving on…

On Saturday 19th I host this year’s 5 love languages of children workshop and I can’t wait. My prayer is that those who have signed up will leave having a deeper understanding of what makes them and their kids “tick”.

When I first went to a workshop, my mind was blown because I had insights about me, D and our kids! It’s so fun.

It’s not too late to sign up and yes, you can pay on payday if things are a bit tight now πŸ™‚

Email me!


What I actually want to talk about are two things:

1. word of the year

My word of the year is joy and I’m not sure if it’s because I have this word, or the circumstances require that I had to have this word to cling to but 2016 hasn’t felt very joyful on the whole.

There have been joyful moments, sure, but my joy level has been lower this year than in a year with another guiding word.

Just when I was about to give up on this word and choose another (in August!), I received a gift (framed printable word art) from a friend with the words “choose joy”. That made me smile, I can tell you.

So I’m choosing joy.

But I’m already thinking about a word for next year. I’ll confess that I feel like I need to set the bar reallllllly low πŸ™‚

I will write another post at the end of the year properly summarising JOY but for now, please tell me about your word for the year.

Has it been a fitting word for you? Have you wanted to abandon it too? Is your word still guiding you?


2. 2016 goals and intentions

My monthly goals have been going really well though despite unexpectedly buying a new house.

I think it’s because I’m focussing on only a few main life areas instead of all 7 or 8.

So I’m getting really excited about analysing (!) this year and doing my extensive reviews (aren’t you glad you don’t have to read all of that?!) and planning for next year.

Clean slate and all that jazz πŸ™‚

How are your 2016 goals looking? Are you ready for a clean slate too?

(I need to write about planners/ diaries/ bullet journals for next year soon!)

PS if you’re not following Organising Queen on Instagram, you might want to take a look. I post there daily and it’s really fun!

My 2016 word of the year

Friends, I’ve made you an easy-peasy organising roadmap for 2016. You can find it here.

word of the year | www.OrganisingQueen.com

Let’s run through all the words of the year I’ve had in the past:

  1. simplify
  2. consolidate
  3. courage
  4. create
  5. trust
  6. shine
  7. enough

The thing about a word for the year is that it helps you be more intentional about what you want and need, and also who you need to be or what you want to do more of.

word of the year | www.OrganisingQueen.com

Of course, I do goals (and boy, do I do goals) but the word of the year is something that really guides those daily decisions and choices.

The year I had the word courage, I’d say “what would courage look like in this situation?” or the year of trust, I’d say “how can I trust more?”

Unlike last year when I still didn’t have my word til about the first week of January, this year I had my word early in December.

word of the year | www.OrganisingQueen.com

Maybe it was linked to the big decision?

But aside from that, the question, “does this spark joy?” has featured so much in my life in the last 6 months since I read the book, that I’m not ready to let it go yet.

My 2016 word of the year is JOY. There are 214 instances of the word JOY in the Bible. Can you believe it?

  • does this spark joy?
  • how can I bring more joy?
  • will this bring me joy?
  • what can I do to have more joy?

word of the year | www.OrganisingQueen.com

These are all the questions I’m going to be exploring this year and I can’t wait.

I even found this tip on Instagram…

Joy is the best makeup – Anne Lamott

Amen to that!

Over to you.

What is your word for the year?

Word of the year 2014 and a few goals


First off, have you read this post on my closing out 2013 process?

If not, go have a read – I’ll wait!

Last year was quite honestly a beast of a year and towards the end of it, I started getting a sense that it was now time for something different – time for me to shine, and for God to shine me to reflect more of His glory.

So that’s my word for 2014 – shine!

I’m super excited and feeling hopeful about what this year will bring about for me.

Have you chosen a word for this year?

Whether you have or haven’t, I highly recommend this book.

Here are some posts I wrote in previous years.




And now onto some of my goals!

    • Continue posting every M, W and F on the Organising Queen blog
    • Think about writing another book! Live Organised was out in May 2012, 31 days was out in Aug 2013

    • Send out a printable on a monthly basis to my newsletter list (are you signed up yet?)
    • Simplify/ makeover website
    • Do user testing and improve engagement process πŸ™‚
    • Simplify the hundreds of tags into just a few main categories
    • Redesign “welcome gift” when people sign up (just so you know, I’ve done this about 4 times over the last 8 years, and I always send out the new one to the existing subscribers too so they never miss out)

Care to share some of your goals for this year?

In 2013, I tracked my goals each month. I set a certain number and at the end of each month, I tracked how many were accomplished.

Lowest % of goals reached – 80% in June

Highest % of goals reached – 96% in Oct

Average for the year – 89%

Aside from showing you how nerdy I am, at least it proves I use my own goal-setting methods and I’m successful at it πŸ™‚



Question of the week – your word for the year?

Well, the new year is just over a week old.

By now you’ve probably set some goals, made some resolutions or decided on your theme or word for the year.

This year I’ve chosen the word COURAGE as my word for 2011.

It means I’m stepping out even when I’m terrified, taking action even when I don’t feel like I know how and connecting even if I may be hurt.

Have you chosen a word for the year? Share in the comments.

P.S. You can read about my words for 2009 and 2010 here

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