Over the last few years, I have started choosing a word to describe the coming year. I found that setting resolutions never worked for me. I had a generic goal that I quickly gave up on. I took one year and broke out all the goals and outlining my game plan for every single one. That was exhausting and didn’t go to plan. However, word of the year has been a great way for me to set more general goals that I can then break into smaller pieces. Let me share my 2019 word of the year and share some tips for picking a word of the year.
2019 Word of the Year
I have done this for the last 3 years and I have been really enjoying the direction of it. Over the last 3 years we have been thru some serious stuff. We have lost family members, changed schooling choices, added new/different jobs, and so much more. In 2019 we are expecting a lot of change and some new beginnings. As I sat and thought about the best direction to go with my word of the year for 2019 the word that spoke loudest to me is Pivot.
Definition 1 – the central or most important person or thing in a situation
Definition 2 – to turn or twist
Now, please tell me I’m not the only one who immediately thinks of this:
Isn’t that how it feels though? After coming out of a hard season, it can be really hard to figure out where your pivot is. Where is that next direction?
In 2019 I have a lot coming my way and I needed a word that would some up that change. Doesn’t PIVOT just fit? It’s a change. It’s a move in a new direction. It’s taking something that was working and moving towards something new.
So what does 2019 hold?
A Business Pivot
I have loved writing the blog and connecting with some incredible people thru social media. However, the industry is changing drastically. I have been spending some time researching how to best serve the people I adore helping while staying true to who I am. I am not 100% sure of my direction on this yet. There will be some shifts but I am not sure what direction those will take as the year progresses. Make sure to follow along on Instagram as I share a lot there and also on YouTube and know that I will continue to bring you some great stuff in the coming year.
An educational Pivot
In 2018 my daughter asked to go to school and was able to get into a great charter school. In 2019 my son hopes to get into a really great charter school. If he gets in, (it’s not a guarantee) I will have both children in school and starting Fall of 2019 I would have no homeschoolers. This is a huge pivot for our family as I would pivot from being a daytime homeschool mom to what I call second shift homeschooling. AKA – Homework and supplementing their school education.
I have done a really poor job in the past few years of setting clear boundaries and sticking to them. Whether it has been with my time, my children, my emotional well being, or other things I would rather not discuss, I have been careless about boundaries. In 2019 I am planning to set clear boundaries and stick to them. This will mean that I will be making my time count and choosing relationships that bring life instead of hurt.
Tips for Picking a Word of the Year
It isn’t meant to be a resolution.
It can be tempting to over generalize your hopes and goals into one word. Don’t treat this like a resolution. Your word needs to hold weight and matter. As you think of your word, think of the goals you want to set for 2019. Think of the direction you want to take your year. What word best sums that up?
Attach goals/direction to it.
Your word of the year is a general direction for the year. However, it does need tangible goals attached to it. I can say I want to pivot in 2019 but that does nothing if I don’t clearly outline boundaries and goals for myself. If you want your word of the year to matter, add goals and directions to them and you could see some real change.
Display it in a fun way.
Every year I find a fun way to remind myself of my word. It’s a good motivation to keep moving forward and do what needs to be done. Now, for this year I work from home on the couch so you can’t beat a couch to remind you of pivot. That said, find your way to remind you of your word and push you towards the goals you set for yourself.
What is your word of the year? I would love to hear about it in the comments or on social media.