Writing Challenge: My Word of the Year for 2016

Have you heard about Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year? This year it's not a word at all! It's the Tears of Joy Emoji. According to Oxford, this emoji best represents the moods and preoccupations of 2015.

This year is coming to a close, and it's time to starting thinking about 2016. Instead of writing New Year's resolutions, one entrepreneur recommends thinking of a Word of the Year to "be, do, and have". I'm going to try this for 2016, and I hope you'll join me. 

Your Task: 

1. Think about one word that will define you in 2016. This word can be your #1 goal (Mexico), a hope (peace), or a personality trait (mischievous) that you hope to possess. 

2. Open a new blog post. Use the title Writing Challenge: My Word of the Year for 2016 - (Add word here)

3. Write a post describing why you chose this word. Include an emoji or image to help define your word and plans.

4. Share a link to your post in the comments below. Be sure to read my example, because it contains some important news. 

My Example

My Word of the Year for 2016 - Change

It is with sadness and gladness that I announce my Word of the Year for 2016: Change.

For the past 12 years, I've worked closely with Josef Essberger to help build and develop EnglishClub, the world's premier free site for English learners and teachers. In those years, I've enjoyed every project we've worked on from The Learning English Video Project to the Weekly News reports.

Developing and interacting with the MyEnglishClub community has been the most rewarding part of my EnglishClub journey. We started with a handful of learners and teachers in 2008, and have grown into a large, supportive, and creative community with members from all over the world. 

Sadly, every great chapter must come to an end. 

In 2016, I will be taking on a full-time position at an ELT publishing company here in Canada. This is an exciting change for me, and I am grateful for the opportunity.  

Even though I will no longer be the administrator of MyEC, I will check in on you all whenever I can. I hope some of our most active bloggers, members, and mods will continue to inspire and challenge you to practise your English in this fun, interactive, and supportive environment.

I'd like to say a special thank you to Josef as well as to all of the mods and active members who have helped run this club over the years. Please continue your great work, and promise to keep in touch.

I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and change-filled (insert your own word) 2016. 

Cheers to change and new beginnings,


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  • I also love this emoji. "Tears of Joy"


  • Tara.......It's too soon for me..lol. I feel you're only a year here..., please.. :D

    Well, So great as you always. You'll surely do better things. Congratulations! 

    Again, thank you that much for your concern and presence here on EC. EC is interesting because of your creativity. I, we, will surely miss you. Great luck! :)

  • Dear, Tara, Thank you so much for all the hard work and 'Kind'.

    Here is my word of the year 2016 http://www.myenglishclub.com/profiles/blogs/writing-challenge-my-wo...

    Writing challenge : My word of the year 2016-Kind
    My word of the year 2016 is going to be 'kind'. Proverbs 3:3 says, Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on…
  • It's certainly a sad news for every learner and every person to whom you've ever helped. It's really not very pleasing for me to hear such news from you. But as long as it's a good change for you, I'm happy to let you go. We'll be here trying to follow your learning steps and will succeed for sure as you taught us so well. 

    Thank you so much for making this site helpful for us. You will be missed Tara. Although we know, you will find time for us anyway as you love us the way we love you. 

    May every new year bring you good changes and a prosper life. Our good wishes are with you dear. 

  • Dear Tara here is my farewella fiesta, to you,  the "word of the year 2016


    Farewell to Tara the Administrator.

    Writing Challenge: My Word of the Year for 2016 - LOVE
    Dear Tara here is my farewella fiesta (valediction), to you,  the word of the year for 2016 LOVE My word of the year for 2016 is of course LOVE wi…
  • Hey Tara! Thank you for your hard work, time, and dedication to this wonderful site. Here's to the future and a fantastic new year! May your new job challenge you to grow beyond your wildest dreams and bring lasting rewards and prosperity to your and your family.

  • Dear Tara, thanks for all you have done for us. It has been so beneficial for our English learning. I wish you luck with your new job.
  • I really have been shocked! since you led this website to be successful. And I always admire your efforts in EC and your inspiration to all members. Good bye and good luck):
  • When I came across this page I couldn't imagine our relationship would last for so long and my English would improve this way, so only grateful words come to my mind dear Tara.
    I wish you a successful and happy life. We'll miss you. Thanks a lot.
  • http://www.myenglishclub.com/profiles/blogs/writing-challenge-my-wo...

    It's my blog.

    Writing challenge : My word of the year 2016 – weight
         When my beautiful teacher Tara gave this challenge . I felt sad, I intended to write something as my thank and goodbye to her, but I don’t want…
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