Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tenacity - Barb's Word of the Year

As I was pondering how to jump back into my blog, I was stymied. How to start again? Goals for 2017? Nah, that would be too defining. An apology for being gone so long? Nah, I don't think anyone much cares. A look at what I created in 2016? Nah, that would involve too much work finding photos, writing about them. Besides, it's all in the past.

So what I came up with is to pick My Word For The Year. After reading Melissa's post (Sew Bittersweet Designs), the word TENACITY popped into my head.  

It didn't really pop in there, though. It has been brewing for some time. I've found I've used the word 'tenacity' several times this past week when replying to blog posts, whereas I have never really used the word much before. Why now? 

I believe tenacity is especially needed for 2017. Things are changing in America, and indeed, the world. An uncertainty has crept into our collective psyches, and not in a particularly good way. I log onto Facebook, not to see what my friends have been up to, but to be bombarded with a deluge of information/misinformation about our current state of affairs. So I check my email In Box - same thing. 

How do we balance that underlying fear with hope? How do we achieve an inner calm and squelch the knot that develops in the pit our stomachs when thinking of the possibilities of the unknown.

Tenacity!  It's the quality or fact of being very determined; determination. It's the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence. Or of being able to grip something firmly. And look at these great synonyms! Persistence, determination, perseverance, doggedness, strength of purpose, tirelessness, indefatigability, resolution, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, patience, purposefulness, staunchness, steadfastness, staying power, endurance, stamina, stubbornness, obstinacy.

Wow! What a great word, tenacity. I want to be tenacious this year. I want to hold on, to complete my goals, to persist and persevere. Yes, yes, I do. 

So, with this in mind, and as a small start, I am writing down my goals and task for this new year. Quilting and finishing UFOs is high on my list, and sometimes it takes a lot of tenacity to see a quilt through to the very end!  

Enough of me. How about you? Do you have a word that inspires you to carry on when the life gets in the way of your dreams?  

Quilting with a smile,


  1. You do have this Barb! You have had so many interruptions the last few years that took so much of your attention, it was hard to follow a plan. This is your year!

  2. I love your list of synonyms for tenacity! I need to write them down and read them every day. Happy New Year, Barb!

  3. I love this! Thank you for the reminder of setting a hefty goal for the year with one word - and it's a great one! You've got this!

  4. I need some of that stuff! I promised someone a quilt (not realizing how big it would be) and I've never made a big quilt from start to finish AND quilted it myself. I am having a hard time sticking with it! But on the bright side, I have learned a ton of things in the process. Here's one Idaho gal to another hoping your word for the year brings you inspiration!

  5. Barb, tenacity is a great word for 2017! My word for 2017 is Adventure. My retirement brings a new chapter in my life. I'm ready for forward movement and change in my life - and I intend to approach each day with a sense of adventure.


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