To New Beginnings…Or…My three Words for 2018


For almost a year, a number of good friends and I would collect for dinner just about each and every Saturday evening prior to a evening out. Inevitably, when it came time to toast for our 1st drink, we would shout, “to new beginnings!”.  At 1st it was simply because some thing poor would take place to one particular of us given that we saw every single other final, but following a although it became our operating joke. There was constantly one particular of us who could use a new starting.

This time it is me. My year and a number of of my commitments could use a new starting. And when much better to declare a time of new beginnings than spring?

See, here’s the point. This post is about my individual strategy to the close to year. It was initially written on January 1.

What? You do not keep in mind seeing it? I believed you known as your self my pal. The explanation you didn’t see it is simply because I wrote the post, and then I damn nicely couldn’t didn’t make the time to edit and post it. When the choices are sleeping for only 4 hours or editing a weblog post, I chose sleep.

So there it sat, on my laptop or computer as an open word doc, just ripe for the losing when my really hard drive crashed. A small identified truth, this weblog post is truly only one particular of two files that I have located are missing.

You didn’t study this post simply because I in no way completed it. And then I lost it. Nation music stars must sing about that type of loss. Positive it is not the loss of a loved one particular, or a broken down truck, but it is the loss of really hard perform and stories that I fell in adore with and then disappeared in a tragic loss of my laptop or computer.


This is my New Starting. Right here are my three Words.

Every single year, alternatively of generating resolutions or targets, I choose 3 words to guide my year. It is a system I stole from Chris Brogan and have in no way looked back (thanks Chris!).

I appear forward to the method each and every and it becomes my favourite post for months. The method of picking the words tends to make me cease and consider about my targets, my hopes, and my concentrate for the year. They develop into my mantra and guide for my individual and perform life – even even though they are speedily becoming one particular in the very same.


Why three Words

In my thoughts, the 3 words kind a pyramid that I can lean on. 1 word does not leave me any area, two words, appears unfinished. As if I was going to balance some thing on them, only to have it fall off. 4 words begins to develop into cumbersome in the way of, “wait, what was that once more?” At that point, I’m almost two/three of the way to attempting to name the seven dwarfs, and who desires to attempt to do that each and every day?


An Evolution

Each and every year the words develop into a lot more integrated into my life. The 1st year I wrote them down inside a notebook and then set them aside. The subsequent year, I wrote them in at least a handful of areas. By 2015, I blogged about the worlds and attempted to incorporate them into my every day life. By 2016 I went into pondering of cute small month-to-month challenges I could give myself, only to be laid off twice in the 1st 5 months of the year. My lesson from 2016? When you choose a word, you do not just choose one particular of it is meanings, you get the great and the poor with it.

So pick wisely.

Right here are the three words I’ve chosen more than the years and written about them on my individual weblog:

2014: 300. Find out. Concentrate.  (Or some thing close to this – it is in a notebook someplace, I swear. Considering the fact that I keep in mind colors 1st, I can inform you that the notebook is blue, and stored someplace safely in my home).

2015: Do. Think. Expand. – Do the perform. Think in the not possible. And Expand my globe.

2016: Challenge. Heal –&gt Strengthen. Inspire. – Challenge myself to do a lot more, the be a lot more, to attain additional. Heal then strengthen myself, and ultimately, attempt to discover strategies to inspire other individuals.

2017: Bold. Constant. Vulnerable. – As in Be Constant. Act Boldly. Show Vulnerability.


How It Performs

Every single year I go by means of the very same method to define my three words. Not when have I deviated from it, even when I do not appear at the list. It occurred organically and somehow it remains organic and constant.

  1. Brainstorm a list of words I like and will be okay searching at them each and every day for subsequent year. Get rid of any words that may well commence to annoy you element way by means of the year. Trust me on this one particular.
  2. Pick key phrases from the list and make a thoughts map for every single one particular. In some cases words I consider are great only finish up with a handful of words in the thoughts map. I get rid of these. Narrowing it down to 3 words demands them to apply to a lot of unique elements of my life.
  3. Narrow down chosen words
  4. Align with targets/path/goal (new)
  5. Finalize list
  6. Define what they imply to me.
  7. Create them down so they’re accessible
  8. Create them down every day, typically assigning a unique word to how I want to strategy the day.


In 2018, my three words are Breathe, Construct, and Slay.

I’m critical about my three words!


Final year was my 1st year with my company. Like all new entrepreneurs, each and every day was filled with perform. In spite of how 2018 has began, I refuse to preserve that up. I produced no time for myself. As a outcome, I wasn’t taking care of myself the way I know I will need to.

I will need to discover moments exactly where I can cease and just breathe. No matter if it is meditation, taking my dog to the beach, or taking time to see good friends, I will need to add these moments back in.

Then can I commence actually constructing.


Construct my company. Construct my life back up. Construct a sturdy foundation for the future.


As I make, the slaying can commence. “Slay” tends to make me laugh each and every time I say it. From Buffy to Beyoncé, I wanted a word that represents kicking-ass, performing incredible factors, and possessing entertaining although I do it. Considering the fact that my social media method course is known as “Slay Your Social”, the word came very easily. And it reminds me to be a kick-ass, sturdy lady who slays all the voices of resistance inside my head and out in the globe to do fantastic factors.



These are my three words.

Do you choose any this year? And if so, how are you performing with them so far? I hope the answer is incredible. But if it is not, keep in mind it is not as well late to restart.

Here’s to new beginnings, y’all.


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