My 2016 Word of the Year

Last year, I joined many others by choosing a ‘word of the year’ that would motivate me and help shape my year.  I enjoyed the process and this year and last, I used Susannah Conway’s program for choosing a word.  My word last year was flourish.  I was starting a new business…which created much change in my life and I felt the need to flourish in this new lifestyle.  It was a good word and served me well.

This time around the word did not come as easily to me…well, that’s not true.  The word came easily to me, I just didn’t like the word at first.  It is definitely my word for 2016…but I had to really think on it for two weeks before I decided to keep it.

I followed Susannah’s process and did all the writing prompts and this word just kept showing up…and I didn’t like the word one bit.  I didn’t like how the word sounded on my tongue…didn’t like that the word wasn’t obvious like flourish but this is my word, I kept telling myself.  I even tried the process again to see if I could find a new word….no, this is my word.

Mostly, I think the word scares me and intimidates me…but that’s a good thing, I decided. This year I need to be stretched and challenged, I need to do more than just flourish! In 2016, I want to help people…help my clients, my family, my friends…I want to be there for people. So…in the end, this word was perfect for me.

My dad’s (and one of mine) favorite quote from Zig Ziglar is: “You can have everything you want in life, if you will just help other people get what they want.” The older I get, the more this quote makes sense to me.  If I want to grow my business (and I do!), I need to help others get what they want.

So, my word for 2016 is RADIATE: “to emit energy, to extend, to project or glow with cheerfulness and joy”

word of the year

Do you have a word for 2016 yet? I’d love to hear yours in the comment section!

xoxo

Friday Fab Four 12.11.15

TTG Fab 4 DecI hope you had a great week.  The weather here in Northwest Arkansas has been wonderful…I was in NYC on Tuesday and Wednesday and the weather there was good as well. I’ll take warm sunshine in December anytime!  Here are the four best articles I chose just for you. Enjoy!

  1. How to Communicate Your Personal Brand on Twitter~Peg Fitzpatrick {great tips in this article for enhancing your twitter account}
  2. We’re Coming for You 2016~Susannah Conway {Great information for planning your new year}
  3. Reggie Miller Sizes Up Steph Curry~Charles Bethea {just not enough ink to write about SC’s talent}
    1. 5 Frugal Habits of the World’s Richest People~Murray Newlands {I cannot cut my own hair!}

Hello December

HelloDecember!Wow, another year is almost over. It’s true what they say…the years do fly faster when you get older.

December is one of the best months of the year even if it is the last month.  So much to look forward to with holiday fun.  It’s also a great time to reflect on the past year, plan for the new year and set goals.

I’m not a big resolution person but last year I participated in the ‘word of the year’ plan and really enjoyed figuring out my word (flourish) and trying my best to intently live that word all year long. I think I did ok.  I look forward to my new word in 2016.

I love technology as much as the next person and could not live without my Apple products….however, I also love paper.  I love all the beautiful paper.  I especially love a paper planner and this year I found my favorite planner of all time…the Passion Planner.  My new one should be here any day now and I can hardly wait to start planning for the new year.  Filling out a new calendar seriously makes me giddy with excitement!

The new year will bring many changes to my life.  My son will graduate from high school and head to college.  {I’m not ready}  I’m not one of those parents who joyously kick their 18 year old out of the house and start their empty nest life.  I would be happy if my son lived with me forever…but that’s not going to happen.  Like any normal 18 year old…he’s ready to bolt.

This year will be my second year running my own business.  The first year was fun, scary, exhilarating, stressful, and eye opening.  As I would expect my first year on my own to be.  I learned SO MUCH.  I am grateful for all the lessons and knowledge that I learned.  I’m grateful for the people who helped me along the way and for the people I get to work with each day.  The Twiggs Group…full-steam ahead into 2016.

How do you feel about December? Take the time to enjoy each day and reflect on the high notes of 2015.  Start planning for an even better 2016.

xoxo