Jump into the New Year with me

WOTY – The Big Reveal

Over the past few years I have chosen a WOTY (Word of the Year #oneword365)  and I try to stick with it as a theme or focus for the year.

It’s different to setting a new year’s resolution and I don’t find it as restrictive or punishing. I also don’t want to change myself too much these days, and resolutions or starting over seem too much like hard work, I just need to tweak a few things and keep my focus. A WOTY helps me do this.

Once again I thought long and hard and considered lots of other words, but in the end I settled on:

JUMP

Debbie jumping
Debbie jumping into 2020

Why the word Jump?

I wanted to choose an ‘action’ word this year and recently I have been drawn to things that have the word jump in them. This includes the song in the M&S Christmas advert, and the fact that I like jumping in puddles, despite being 59 years old.

I tend to take notice of things that jump out at me (see what I did there?) and so followed through with choosing Jump for my word of the year for 2020.

Do you do something similar?

A metaphor

Jump can also be a metaphor for life and what I’d like to achieve this year. I have started a list and so far I have these ideas. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know.

  • Jumping into a new decade
  • Jump for joy
  • Jump in puddles 
  • Jump as movement
  • Jump at opportunities 
  • Jump in feet first
  • Jumping fun
  • Jump at turning 60

Jumping in puddles

Jumping in puddles as I approach my last year in the 50s
Jumping in puddles as I approach my last year in the 50s

As I wrote in a recent post , this is how I want to go into my last year of being in my 50s (I’ll turn 60 later in the year) – jumping, splashing and having fun whenever I can. It’s not always easy but I know I’ll try my hardest.

Don’t worry about getting old, worry about thinking old!

I always remember my father telling us kids to take our shoes off when we walked home from school in the rain, mainly so that our school shoes wouldn’t be ruined by jumping in the puddles, but also for the fun of splashing all the way home. It’s something that’s stayed with me and ever since, I can’t walk around a puddle, I have to jump in it.

Jump for Joy

My family know how to jump for joy too 🙂 We’re a jumping family!

Previous WOTY

You can find my previous words in these featured posts – I always enjoy reading back over them to see what sparked my choices at the time.

2017 – New Horizons

2018 – Focus

2019 – Time

So what’s next?

I’m going to review my WOTY each month – what I’ve managed to complete or maybe new things to add to my list.

I’ll try to be aware of my WOTY and enact it at every opportunity. I’m hoping it will help me focus.

I’m making a Spotify playlist of songs with Jump in them, so far I have quite a few – including Jumpin’ Jack Flash by the Rolling Stones, Jump by Girls Aloud, Jump Around by House of Pain, Jump in my car, an oldie from my youth by the Ted Mulry Gang, ump (for my love) by The Pointer Sisters, Val Halen’s Jump – just to name a few. If you have a Jump song please let me know so I can add it to my playlist.

What about you? Will you jump in and join me?

I’d love to have you join me, either by sharing your WOTY in a comment or by following along with me as we jump our way through the year.

A new day, a new month, a new year and a new decade – it’s all happening! Wishing you all the best for 2020, I can’t wait to see what it brings 🙂

Deb xx

I’m linking up here with Denyse’s first #lifethisweek for 2020

Happy New Year 2020
Happy New Year 2020

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76 Replies to “Jump into the New Year with me”

  1. That’s a good one. It reminds me of a Steve Harvey podcast where he talks about taking a leap, jump. Action words are a good way to spark something in you. I love that you’re heading into your last year of 50s jumping into puddles. I’m gonna have to join you on this ride. I take it you’re gonna be dropping some mad knowledge on your 50’s adventures.

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  2. Deb, Interesting how you have been drawn to the word “jump.” I can see how there are many layers to this word. I like all of your photos, and especially the jump for joy, ones. The word that jumps (hee hee) out at me the past few months is “trust.” It is also a word that can mean many things on many levels. Two years ago, I also had Time. I look forward to connecting and sharing in 2020. xx

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  3. JUMP…into it…why not indeed. Good on you, because I see you jumping for joy just about whenever you can. The jumping in puddles pic is a beauty.

    Thank you for joining in the first #lifethisweek in 2020. So glad you did. Next week’s optional prompt is 2/51 Good News 13.1.2020. Looking forward to seeing you link up again. Cheers, Denyse.

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  4. I’d ‘jump’ at the chance to join you with your WOTY – such a great idea! Not sure what my word will be yet though.. I’ll have to give that some thought.
    I’m sorry I’m a little late but Happy New Year, Deb! I hope it’s a happier, healthier & brighter 2020 ahead for you and your family 🎉
    Caz xx

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  5. I love your word for the year, Deb. The action that “jump” implies is very appealing. I did select a word for this year (or maybe it selected me): “humility”. I feel the need to think about ways I can improve in this very important characteristic.

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  6. I love that word. Jump. I can imagine all of the awesome things you might jump into over 2020. You have inspired me to think of a word. I haven’t done that for years. 🙂

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  7. Love your WOTY, Deb. It makes me feel lively and energetic, which is how I want to feel as I also get closer to 60. I couldn’t help but constantly think of my WOTY, last year, which was “tolerance”. It was always in my face and I tried to practice it as I was learning to adapt to another culture. This year I’m going with intentions for the new year. I hope to have a new post to share about that very soon. Happy New Year Deb. I hope things get better in Australia very soon.

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  8. Hi Deb – well that’s a really interesting (and different) WOTY. I have mine all sorted and will be sharing it on Thursday. I love the whole WOTY concept and how it inspires us to figure out what attracted us to that particular word and how we’re going to use it to enrich our lives throughout the year. I’ll be back to read your posts and watch how you jump through the year.

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  9. Hi Deb,
    Happy 2020…and I love JUMP! Get into it, feet first girl! I also really liked Kathy’s at SMART 365, it is YES. Both of these spoke to me, it’s about being open to new experiences and people.

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  10. Jump is a great word of the year Deb, great philosophy to have on living too. Age is only a number though isn’t it? Old as you feel and all that stuff. You’re still jumping and looking good on it so here’s to 2020. Jump around!

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  11. I’m not well enough organised to plan a word for this month, let alone the whole year! Maybe I should choose ‘help,’ as that’s what I’ll need. I can add a ‘jump’ song to your playlist: Baby Jump, by Mungo Jerry. I should point out that suggesting it is no guarantee of my view of its quality, though 😉

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      1. Thanks for the compliment! It was the follow up to In The Summertime, which probably tells you all you need to know! It was just the first one that came to mind. If I think of any more I’ll let you know! HNY 2U2 😊

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      2. Just thought of another. Do you like Jethro Tull? There’s a track called Jump Start on their Crest of a Knave album, which I rather like. Hope this helps – having trouble dredging any more up from my memory!

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  12. If I have a WOTY it needs to be laugh. We have not laughed enough this last year. So, I need to swipe the difficult stuff away with a laugh. First I will listen to the laughing policeman, a song that is so silly you just have to go for it and join in until your eyes leak. Xx In turn I will not worry about getting old because I will be laughing while jumping in puddles.

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  13. Happy New Year! I will JUMP into the Word of the Year and say that mine will be COURAGE! I want to translate courage into action this year. All the best in 2020 🙂

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