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What is Your Word for 2015?

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. But I do attempt to create new goals for myself for the new year.

With a new year comes a new beginning, a chance to start over and start something new. The brutal winter weather and lack of sun doesn’t help elevate the mood though – wouldn’t it be much more productive to have the new year start in May or June?

But January it is and through the bitter cold and snow, we push through with fresh ideas in our minds and a renewed sense of hope.

Last year I jumped on the blogging bandwagon of creating a “word” for the new year and sharing it with others. Rather than make a new year’s resolution, you create a power word or theme word for the new year – a simple way to remember what your main goal for the year will be.

Narrowing it all down to just one word can can be a challenge. How can you sum up everything that you want to achieve this year in just one word?

At end of the year, it’s helpful to review the year and how that word affected your actions. Did your life change because of that one word? Did you learn something new? What challenges or blessings did the word bring?

In 2014, my word was flourish which I was drawn to because I felt I had built a solid foundation in my work and it was time to see it grow vigorously.

The best part of writing out your goals for the year is that you can see what you’ve accomplished. When you are able to write out what you hope to achieve, your goals become clearer and you’re able to put your ideas into concrete action.

So what is my word for 2015? I have three simple but powerful words that I’m drawn to for 2015:

Focus.

It’s time to tune out the noise which has caused me to procrastinate, be less productive and waste precious time. This means cutting down the time spent on social media which is a big time sucker.

Do I really need to know what that girl who I barely remember in high school ate for breakfast? No. I don’t need to spend 10 hours on Twitter every day so that I’m up-t0-date on every news story or celebrity Instagram photo uproar.

Be.

Live in the moment. Find the simplicity in everyday tasks and enjoy them fully. Take deep breaths along the way. Focus on the present moments rather than worry about the future.

It takes practice – I know this because I was there some time ago where I felt like I was in a meditative state all the time. Then the stresses of life built up and overcame me, wreaking havoc and disrupting my calm demeanour. It’s time to get back to that cool, calm and collected person that I used to be…before kids, right?!?!

Leisure.

Stress is at an all-time high and it’s terrible for your physical and mental health. I need to carve out time to relax, exercise and meditate. Following those first two words will enable me to have increased opportunities for leisure.

Spend more time playing, experiencing, cooking for fun, traveling… the things that we work to hard to enjoy.

What is your theme word for 2015?

 

What is Your Word for 2014?

What is your word for 2014?

I generally don’t make any new year’s resolutions but I do attempt to make some new goals every year. As I’ve seen others create a power word or theme word for the new year, I thought I’d make an attempt this year to follow suit.

Narrowing it all down to just one word came to be quite challenging for me. I have been pondering for the past several days – what is my word for the new year? How do I sum up everything that I want to achieve in just one word?

Looking back over the last few years, I’ve come realize that 2010 and 2011 were all about building business relationships and creating a foundation while 2012 was about pushing through and making important decisions about my professional life.

Last year was a difficult time for my family. In terms of my professional life, 2013 was a year of realization, creating opportunity and pushing through my own fears. I have feared failure in the past but I have also feared success… I’ll spend much time and effort developing ideas and nurturing them into reality and then panic when the universe accepts them. I’m willing to put the work in but I’m strangely afraid of doing well. But I’ve faced those fears in 2013 and feel much more confident in my ability to act.

I’ve come to realize through many ‘signs’, trials and error that my focus should be on creating my own success.

2014 will be about creating more opportunities, getting that book published, focusing on my health, taking more time for myself and more travel.

So what is my word for 2014? I have a few that I’m drawn to… Experience. Health. Joy. Thrive. Travel. But the one that encompasses all of these things is

flourish

(of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop
in a healthy or vigorous way, 
esp. as the result
of a particularly favorable environment.

So my word for 2014 is going to be FLOURISH.  In all areas of my life.

What is your theme word for 2014?

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New Year: What are Your New Year Goals?

Another year come and gone and another dress size up – right?!

I love Christmas and the holiday season – entertaining, food and of course, family. There is something quite magical about New Year’s Eve. It’s a time to reflect on the past year – the ups and down, victories and feats – and make some decisions for the new year.

Or not.

When the clock strikes twelve, it’s the dawn of a new year – for some, a chance to start brand new. For others, just a new day.

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions but I do like to make some goals for the year. I will likely be thinking about what I want to accomplish over the next few days and start making new lists (on paper)… and hopefully start to cross them off, one by one, as the time goes on in 2013.

But in the meantime,  I want to sit back and reflect on the past year. And with the help of some Facebook applications, I created a Year in Photos and a Year in Status:

What are Your New Year Goals

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What was the highlight of 2012 for you?

What are your New Year goals?