My word for 2017: upcycle

Posted January 1, 2017 by Amanda Shofner in Unapologetically Amanda / 4 Comments

I hadn’t intended to choose a word for 2017… and then I made breakfast.

It started with Tater tots, as most good things do. I put my last food of 2016 (loaded Tater tots) into a frying pan, added a couple eggs, and made myself a breakfast burrito. It was delicious, and the perfect start to 2017 (even as I would later spill coffee on two separate blankets).

And I decided this concept would be my mantra for the new year: take what 2016 has given me and create something new and fabulous in 2017.

In other words—or just one word, really—upcycle.

If you’re not familiar with the word, dictionary.com defines upcycle as

to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original.

While “upcycle” is often used in crafting or furniture terms, I’m appropriating it for my own use.

Let’s upcycle in 2017.

Think about it: at its core, upcycling is about taking items that are used, maybe broken, and turning them into something better. It’s taking the old and creating new. It’s about seeing the potential for beauty in what many consider trash.

We can’t get rid of 2016, but we can use everything it gave us to upcycle it into a better 2017.

To start, I’m going to upcycle myself. To take my negative thought processes and bad habits and upcycle them to a better me. I’m going to remember that there is good in me, even when it doesn’t seem like it, and the same is true for others.

Whatever 2017 throws at me, I’m going to meet it head on and look for the positive. To always build my experiences up. To get out and create memories. To continually look for ways to be a better and happier me. To make this year one to remember—because it’s been that good.

Bring it on, 2017!

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