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Posted by on February 15, 2016

Happy Monday!

Can you believe we are already in the middle of February AND I have yet to share with you about my word for this year.

Last year my word was FEARLESS.

And wow. I never realized how much I allowed fear to control my life. Since forever. I shared a bit about it during Nadine Brandes #Called2Speak blog tour.

Since living fearless will be a lifelong journey, I was pretty sure that my word for 2016 would just be a carry over. I wasn’t too worried that I didn’t have a new word for this year.

And then I stumbled upon the word: BLOOM. And I knew it. (Bloom where you’re planted has echoed in my head over the years, so it was inevitable.)

But you know, like Gideon needing reassurance with the fleece and all, I was like…I need a sign! Although, I was quite happy with claiming that word right then and there.jan gardenia bud

And then. In the middle of winter. I see this.

A lonely bud on my gardenia plant. What?!


I’m living my second childhood. Learning to live fearlessly. And bloom into who I was created to be.

And kind of important when you start considering branding and figuring out WHO I am or WHAT my writing is.

So that is my word for 2016.


Do you have a word for 2016? Please share! Let us encourage one another on this crazy journey called life.

8 Responses to Bloom

  1. Kessie

    That’s so cool about the bud on the gardenia! I don’t have a word for this year yet. I guess I hadn’t really thought about it. Contentment, maybe. It’s so easy to get discouraged by everything on the news, I forget that I have a really great life.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks Kessie! I’ve been watching the bud to see when it will bloom. It hasn’t yet. The weather has been crazy, but I will definitely take a picture and post when it blooms. Contentment…that is a good one. One that I’ve been working on since having kids. It is such a fine line between working to improve one’s situation and being content. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. sparksofember

    I don’t have a word but if I put a word on what God has been working in me the past 6 months, fearless might be it. I am someone who likes to be in control and worry takes over when I feel powerless. God has been powerfully moving in me to surrender my fears to Him and trust in Him. Growing is never a fun process but the end result is worth it. 🙂

  3. Michelle Willms

    I haven’t thought about having a word, but I certainly like this idea. A lot. Now I’m going to start listening for my word. I know it’s out there, waiting for me to find it. The search is on.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Yea! I first heard about it last year and I was like YES! And then I was like there is a dictionary full of words. How do I know which one??? I guess that’s part of the fun, discovering it. Here’s wishing you a fruitful search! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Mary Drain

    Can’t wait till my flowers start to bloom and thanks for a change to win

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Mary! Thanks for stopping by! I have been eyeing that one bud, just waiting. We shall see!

      Glad you found Heather L.L. FitzGerald’s blog tour post!

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