one word for 2013

This time last year, I chose a word to help guide me through the year, instead of creating a list of New Year’s Resolutions.  That word was movement.  I wanted to move my body more, secure a new job and inspire others to move towards their own goals.  Looking back over the year, I found success through movement.  After a lengthy job search (38 applications, 10 interviews and two offers) I found a job that I love.  Not only does this job challenge me professionally, it has had a huge impact on my personal life as well.  Sean and I lived apart for four years (we worked in different cities – you can read our story here), and now we work on the same campus.  What’s that about things happening for a reason?!

I also used my word to motivate me to move my body more and start the process of getting to a better physical me.  I got outside a lot more, walked in the winter, swam in the summer, and returned to Irish dancing in the fall.  I’m only down 10 lbs, but am on the right track for 2013.

Feeling successful with my one word for 2012, I have chosen a new word to direct me in 2013.  That word is do.

Using Nike’s popular slogan to “Just Do It” as motivation, I will strive to discard the things that are holding me back (fear, lack of confidence, negative thoughts, etc.) and just go for it.  Here are the things that I will do in 2013:

– Complete my Masters thesis (or be really, really close by December 2013)
– Make health a priority – through exercise and a much better diet
– Take a vacation with Sean
– Continue to advance professionally
– And, whatever else brings me joy

dont wait do it

Wishing you a happy, healthy and successful New Year to each of you.  May 2013 be your best year yet!

What is your one word for 2013? How can I help you to achieve your one word resolution? 

one word for 2012

Instead of creating a list of New Year’s resolutions, I’m joining other tweeps in the #oneword2012 revolution.  The basic premise is to select one word that will guide you throughout the year.  Check out this post for more information on #oneword: http://christinekane.com/blog/resolution-revolution-a-better-way-to-start-your-year/

I knew in November what word I wanted to use.  It marries my hopes, goals and aspirations and I am sure this word will give me better focus overall.  I’ve chosen MOVEMENT as my one word for 2012.

move·ment definition

Pronunciation:  /ˈm{uuml}v-mənt/
Function: n
1 :  the act or process of moving

I plan to incorporate movement into every aspect of my life.  I will physically move more, in an effort to trim and tone, and get into better shape.  I will continue to work hard to move my career forward, seeking opportunities that I may have previously overlooked.  I will need to move out of my comfort zone and into uncharted territory, as I begin my thesis for my Master of Education program this month, and continue to do so until it’s completed (hopefully less than a year).  I want to move others to action, in a way that is connected to each individual’s own goals and aspirations.

I feel as though I have stood still for too long in many areas of my life, so it’s time to get a move on! I’m excited for the momentum of this one word challenge and witnessing others’ journeys with their selected one word.

If you are interested in taking part in the #oneword2012 project, choose a word and tweet it to @NikiRudolph, including the hashtag #oneword2012.

What is your one word for 2012?