My friend Ember is encouraging friends to ditch the normal intention setting in favor of deciding three words to set the tone for the year. She was inspired by an article by entrepreneur Chris Brogan and the exercise has generated some good conversation between our friends and even my husband Joel is getting in on the action. It feels like a nice approach, focusing on three words to guide the strategic vision for the year.
For as long as I can remember, life has just seemed hard ya’ll. I tend to get overwhelmed by the minutia and suffer seriously from a case of everyone-but-me-has-got-it-all-figured-out-itis. Sometimes my life feels like a series of Infomercial Struggles (seriously, those infomercial people have my number. It is sad.)A big focus for 2018 will be to find ease in my home, in my work, in my relationships, in my marriage and in my role as a Mom.I think a lot of the struggle comes down to basic (dis)organization. So I plan to start the new year off by getting organized, creating new SOPs for my life, and in general just simplifying everything.
2017 was a big year of buying things – a new house, a new car, and a new Instant Pot. After a big year of spending, my financial picture is in major need of recalibrating to address short, medium and long term goals. While I can’t commit to a spending-free year, I have signed up for the Uber Free Month Challenge to cut out unnecessary spending.
Invest is about more than just what is showing up in my Mint.com dashboard or my Betterment account. It starts with taking stock of all of the amazing resources have in my life and making a commitment to taking actions that have a clear ROI to the future. From projects around the house, to reading books to my baby at bedtime, to carving out time with my husband, to driving new initiatives at my 9-5 – I want to focus my energy in 2018 on activities that improve my current holdings and the quality of my life.
I turn the dreaded 4-0 in 2018 and I’m feeling the call to celebrate with the healthiest, strongest, best Katie Surprise! that there has ever been. I like the word vitality because it goes beyond the number on the scale or even a fitness goal. It is truly about feeling good and enjoying life! So yes, this means limiting alcohol, eating a nutritious diet, and making time for exercise. But, YES, it also means dancing under the stars, enjoying the waves on a warm beach and laughing until my cheeks hurt with my silly husband and friends.
I am your gal to hit up for random hikes (have baby carrier will travel) and for seeing the occasional sunrise for an early morning rave. When the weather warms up, I also want to dust off my unloved bike and try the commute from our new house to work. The shortest route is 9.5 miles, so it should be doable and the route will take me over the Wilson Bridge, which affords beautiful views of the Potomac, the Ferris Wheel, and Alexandria. Very life affirming!
Ember instructs that if an opportunity or activity doesn’t meet at least 2 of the 3 words, then that opportunity should be declined in 2018. It will be interesting to see if being conscious of these three words changes how I spend my time.