My Year in 365 Words

Photos of Vanessa's Year 2014
At the start of 2014 I decided to keep a word-a-day journal over the year. It turned out to be quite an interesting exercise. Some days a word naturally presented itself to me, but other days I had to think a bit deeper – either because it was a day where nothing of particular interest happened, or because several things happened and I had to decide which one to pick. Sometimes I tried to find a word that could relate in some way to all the things IΒ wanted to use from that day. Even on days where I did know which one thing I wanted to record, it wasn’t always easy to describe it in one word.

On three similar occasions I broke the one word rule by pushing together three letters and a word to make one word because it was important to me to record those in that way. A few words were used more than once over the year, and I was ok with that; if something was significant more than once, then it was. And as I was typing this up I discovered one day where I had forgotten to write a word at all, and I have recorded that one as “Blank”.

Looking back over them now I can’t remember what quite a few of the words relate to, but nevertheless, seen as a whole, they tell the story of my year in 365 words…

Essay, Hope, Suzanne, Hurt, Voice, Routine, Stereotyping, Panel, Worry, Gender, Conference, Soup, Plan, Octopus, Dentist, Singing, Strategy, Caroline, Cards, Literally, NVivo, Honoured, Theorists, Battered, Bluewater, Confused, Stabbing, Poster, Which, Quantitative, Windy, Extravagance, Putney, Drudge, Coffee, Graze, Reflecting, Meritocracy, Admiral, Swimming, Operations, Surprised, Scuppered, Sleepy, Love, Cost, Booth, Void, Tired, Trimming, Invitations, Dare, David, Filing, Angry, Woburn, Schools, Guy, Lots, Fajitas, Mud, Irritated, Chuffed, Yvonne, One, Sigh, Piercing, Manchester, Hacked, Writing, Deal, Dropped, Duke, Pleased, Productive, Eek, Idiot, Proud, Amazing, Mum, Methadone, Voice, Embassy, Confirming, Strike, Sleepless, Faint, Sofas, Amused, Shortlisting, Stressed, Energy, Continuing, Remote, Psycho, Furniture, Redo, Mike, London, Blue, Emilia, Walking, Grass, Accepted, Struggling, Struggling, Blue, Wondering, Trays, Easter, Facebook, Back, Art, Blackmail, Staff, Masquerade, Delightful, Policy, Parents, Identity, Time, Sarah, Pizza, Stacey, Westwood, Disgruntled, Deadline, Chapman, Changes, Eurovision, Fifteen, Intolerance, Knocked, Disgrace, Preparation, Neon, Luxury, Malfunctions, Arms, Plumbing, Ninja, Pickups, Planning, Anxious, Packing, International, Satisfying, Hectic, Tax, Seven, Relaxing, Back, Overload, Salad, Edward, Dolphin, Dogs, Party, Pam, Unfair, Flowers, Productive, Ruth, Meritocracy, Cancellation, Fondness, Wheat, Pirate, Coastal, Excellent, Refund, Simon, Relaxing, Sue, Pimms, Dresses, Sun, Underachievement, Uncomfortable, Crates, Last, Thankful, Pleased, Face, Delayed, Jamie, Maidstone, Small, Resolving, Appraisal, Progress, Unreasonable, Ale, Torrential, Burgers, Tidying, Hope, Praise, Analysis, Brownies, Bike, Earnest, Dashed, Broadstairs, Apes, Disproportionate, Writing, Horses, Governance, Impression, RIPNaz, Deal, Relieved, Appreciate, Ramsgate, Canterbury, Articulating, Reflections, Slots, Hope, Searching, Squeak, Limbo, Dog, Bronchitis, Rainbow, Healing, Gloomy, Expectant, Unbelievable, Over, Alton, Rita, Water, Back, Washing, Outlet, Quotes, Speakers, Smugglers, Games, Seizure, Enjoying, Washing, Completed, Gag, Absolute, Maps, Jet, Girls, Mount, Intrusive, Nearly, Cocktails, Blank, Pam, Bubble, Planning, Jacqueline, Networks, Birthday, Beagles, Robots, Desk, Orthodontist, Personnel, Happier, Baking, Pondering, Pretzels, Eclairs, Operations, Opticians, Cake, Interviews, Loving, Danish, Factor, Bus, Neil, Lethargic, Dentist, Bagels, Comfortable, Medium, Scrape, Possible, Manage, Oops, Laptop, Rainham, Willow, Score, Berlin, Finalising, Operations, Filming, Exclude, Missing, Mummy, Spread, Dragging, Together, Blood, Pleasant, Jerk, Better, Planning, Promising, Good, Rooms, Fireworks, Cakes, Power, Kicked, Smooth, Communications, Pumpkin, Productive, Figuring, RIPSuzy, Masonic, Works, Bell, Baskets, Disposing, Sad, Game, Zone, Packed, London, Black, Trust, Rolls, RIPDory, Tree, Preparing, Thirteen, Seasonal, Paint, Fluffy, Selfie, Improvement, Mockingjay, Shopping, Manchester, Stollen, Trisha, Coach, Leicester, Balloons, Sixteen, Sneaky, Baileys, Bluewater, Suzanne, Dad, Messing, Christmas, Pride, Sales, Attempting, Wonderland, Indecisive, Bang.

Β Wishing you all the best for 2015!

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69 responses to “My Year in 365 Words

  1. What a fun idea. Your year in a nice, condensed nut shell. I may have to give that a try this year. But I have to say, I’m wondering what was going on the day “smugglers” was your word… πŸ˜‰

    Happy New Year!

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    • I think I might do it again this year too, it’s quite good to force yourself think about what was really important from each day, even if it’s a bit tricky at times. Well, I could leave you wondering but I shall tell you – it was just the name of a music festival we went to, so nothing as exciting as you may have been imagining πŸ™‚

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  2. Happy New Year Vanessa! That was a wonderful idea for the year. I’m afraid mine would be boring. πŸ˜‰

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    • Happy New Year Jackie! I’m sure yours wouldn’t be boring, even if it feels like you do the same thing most days, you experience different emotions, you read things that make you think, you have social media exchanges with online friends – all of those provide opportunities for a word of the day!

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  3. Love this idea – I might try but with a little explanatory paragraph underneath! Happy New Year from a lapsed blogger.

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  4. What a neat exercise! That was fun to read your words! Happy New Year!

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  5. Happy new year to you, V!

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  6. Thanks for a great idea! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  7. Happy New Year .. and wishing you bountiful success in 2015.

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  8. I did something similar except jotting down vocabulary I came across while reading. You’ve reminded me I should trot that list out.

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  9. Interesting exercise

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  10. That is all kinds of brilliant.

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  11. What a wonderful idea. I’m going to adopt for 2015. Just to see.

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  12. VANESSA , HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015 πŸ™‚

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  13. What a great idea! I am doing the Photo365 on Instagram but maybe I can tie that in somehow. πŸ™‚

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  14. How fun! During my teaching days we always started out the day with learning a new word. I’d never thought to continue this activity in my private life…So why not? I’ll join you in doing it for 2015.

    Since it’s the first day I choose the word CAPTIVATE.

    Your post captivated me and I promise not to captivate any British tourists when they come to visit Florida! πŸ™‚

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  15. And one more thing. I think you need to write a story using all 365 words!

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  16. What a fascinating exercise. Did you invent this? I didn’t know what RIPNaz meant–thought it was a rapper–until I saw RIPSuzy. Now I get it. I’m sorry. Did you know ‘London’ is in there twice? I approve!

    Happy New Year. All good wishes to you in ’15.

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    • No I didn’t invent it, at the end of 2013 when I was Christmas shopping I saw a couple of journals for sale that were for writing a word a day in, and I thought it was a great idea (I didn’t buy one of the fancy journals to do it in though, no need!). Yes, this year we had two friends and a cat die, they were the three RIPs. And yes, there are a few words that are in there more than once, I didn’t worry about that.

      Happy New Year to you and good 2015 wishes too!

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  17. Very cool idea. Many of those are making us wonder, I’m quite sure. Blackmail comes to mind as one!

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  18. This is a great idea, Vanessa! I could start my own list now, today. It looks like you had a very full year. I’m going to try this, and my I already know what my first word will be. “Inspiration.” That’s you! Thanks for this.

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    • I’m so pleased that a few people are saying they’re going to try it too! I didn’t expect that when I posted this, it’s always nice to think we’ve inspired others isn’t it πŸ™‚ I also wasn’t sure how many people would have heard of word-a-day journals. I generally left it till last thing at night to do my word just in case something exciting happened before the day ended! Although after doing it for a while I would find that often during the day I’d find myself thinking “I expect today’s word will be X”

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      • Oh, I have word two! I wondered about that. When you wrote the word down. You could start out with one in the morning, and it could be drastically changed by the end of the day. Hmm…so far, I think I will just write it when I think of it, and wait if it doesn’t come. My second word is “Restless.” This is a great idea! Thanks again.

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  19. wow!! Wow!! Wow!! times 365.
    Fabulous exercise Vanessa.
    Love,
    Shalagh

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  20. Wow Vanessa what an extraordinary idea. Stabbing? Methadone? I must say these two jumped out at me. Wishing you all the very best in 2015. I love this blog!

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    • Yes, the stabbing was in our little village shop, one of the girls got stabbed in there while she was working, thankfully she was ok in the end, but it was bad enough to get the air ambulance out – it was a huge story for our little village (wouldn’t be if we lived in a big city of course!), and my daughter had walked by the shop just a few minutes before on her way to the bus stop, so it all felt quite shocking and too close to home! The methadone is one of those that I can’t actually remember! Nobody I know personally has taken methadone (as far as I’m aware anyway!), so it must have been something I heard about that particularly touched me that day, it’ll probably come back to me in the middle of the night or something!

      I’m excited to hear about your jump, but I shall wait for the post about it which will no doubt be very soon….tap, tap, tap…

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      • Oh my goodness the stabbing must have been so frightening. For your daughter to have been in the spot just minutes before, the thought sends my maternal protectiveness into supersonic mode.
        The jump is complete, we are both still alive and the post just published. Video included thanks to my son. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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  21. Must be time to write a story that uses all 365 of those words. Maybe you could do that in 2015. Happy New Year!

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  22. That’s an intriguing way of reflecting, and good for people who struggle to have time to journal! I like it. And I guess I wonder what word stands out for you in reflection on your year (which is a different take on having a word or phrase for the year ahead)? Happy New Year to you, Vanessa-Jane.

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    • Yes, in the past I’ve had times of thinking I wanted to keep a journal, but I could never keep it up, I did it for a while in my teenage years, but never managed a whole year. I figured I could manage a word a day, and I did! (if you ignore the one day I completely forgot, sigh). A word standing out for the whole year? Hmm, I think I’ll pick “Productive”. Happy New Year to you too!

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  23. That is a really good idea. Octopus sprang out for some reason.

    Happy New Year!

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  24. This is an amazing exercise for a Year in Review. I’m going to give this one a go (albeit a few days late) for 2015.

    And my inner egotist is certain that the “Mike” in your list is me. I am so flattered!

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  25. What a cool idea! Happy New Year!

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  26. What a wonderful idea! Wish I’d thought of it. Hope 2015 is full of great words for you.

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    • Well I can’t take credit for thinking of the idea, but I can take credit for executing it so brilliantly πŸ™‚ I thought I was going to do it again this year, but I now find myself on the 8th having not started it, so maybe I won’t do it this year! Hope we all have great words this year anyway…

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  27. Yes, we want a story out of this word collection.

    Did I nearly get a mention with Neon?

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  28. What a cool idea! And I’m honored to be included in the photo montageβ€”and, dare I think it?β€”as one of the 365 words! Had I done something like this for 2014, “Vanessa” would certainly have been one of my words, too. πŸ™‚ Here’s to a new year filled with many fun and adventurous words of the day!

    And I second, or third, or whatever correct number the suggestion to use the 365 words in a storyβ€”you would do it brilliantly. πŸ™‚

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    • Ha, yes the word is you too! You are indeed one of the 365 most significant things that happened to me last year πŸ™‚ Hehe. Actually, on the day that I saw you, I also went to see friend of mine that evening who was acting in a show, and I wondered if she would feel sidelined if she figured out that I’d put you instead of her for that day, as if anybody is going to count out the words to work out which day is which! Although, she reads this blog, so if she reads the comments, she’ll know now…anyway she was mentioned two other times in the year so hopefully that will keep her happy, phew!

      Oh darn, another person suggesting the story! I’ll have a ponder on that then…

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  29. I love this idea, and what a neat way to remember each day. So, tell me, are you able to pick one of those words blindly (not knowing where it falls in the list) and know exactly what it is attributed to? I bet you have a clearer memory of your individual days for this reason, which probably is a pretty healthy way to reflect.

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    • Hi Kate, unfortunately no, there are quite a few that I just can’t remember what they relate to, maybe it would come to me if I looked at the words around them and thought about that time and what I was doing. Where they are the name of a person or a place then of course it’s easier to remember, but if it’s something like a feeling, then I can’t always remember why I was feeling that! I still think it’s a good exercise though, it does record my year, and maybe if there are things I can’t rememer then that’s just how many things are these days – fleeting!

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  30. Hi Vanessa, I have a question for you. Its personal and I swear I’m a real person. Please email me. Sami.chapman@aim.com

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