So, we are almost a quarter of the way through 2019, and I’m just getting to tell you about my word of the year! Well, it’s par for the course if you’ve seen my last couple of blog posts. I’ve been playing catchup here on the blog, and this has definitely been on my list to share.
Like many times before, I had my concept figured out before last year finished, but it took a little mulling over. I had an idea, a notion, a feeling—but coming up with the right word took me a little while.
Funny enough, I had to wander all the way back to my very first blog post for my company, Signify, to find the right word. But there it was, just waiting for me to reuse.
The concept was about partnering with others for success. Because, if you read my 2018 recap, you know that last year was a hard business year. It was definitely a series of growing pains.
Here’s one of the reasons why…
This may not surprise you, but I have a tendency to do things on my own. I describe myself as “fiercely independent.” Often, I think this can be a good thing. But, in business, it takes a community to get you to where you need to be, even if you’re a solopreneur like me.
And because my business is so intertwined with my life, the words needed to make sense on both levels. Additionally, if you’ve read my word for the year posts before, I also like my words to be verbs. I like the action-oriented feeling behind it.
The other interesting thing about this year’s word is that it was already a concept I’d been talking a lot about in my business. It was sort of this ongoing conversation I was having with my clients and tribe, and then I looked around, and it worked for me, too.
So, what does this all add up to?
It’s a beautiful, little word that illustrates the power of people working together.
In business, it’ll be about partnerships of all kinds, such as working with more people on projects in creative ways or seeking more referrals. I’ll also be doing more guest posts, podcasting interviews, and online interviews like I did last year.
Personally, it’s about building relationships as well as reconnecting with people. I was so busy last year that a lot of the people I love fell by the wayside. Some good friends I only saw once or twice during the entire year. Sad! So, I’m going to work on that.
Welp—there you go! That’s my word!
I’m excited about it, and hopeful for 2019.
What’s your word for the year and why?
Interested in picking your own word for the year, but need some help? Here are some resources that might help:
My previous words for the year:
- Momentum – 2018
- Signify – 2017
- Renew – 2016
- Frame – 2015
- Clarify – 2014
- Simplify – 2013
- Prioritize – 2012
- Prioritize – 2011 (Used this word twice)
- Action – 2010
- Prepare – 2009 (No blog post)
- I can’t remember what my words were before this time since I didn’t have a blog, but my friends and I started doing this tradition in maybe 2006/7, I think.
March 10, 2019 at 6:21 am
Your post reminds me of this slip of poetry by Oriah Mountain Dreamer: “Remember – there is one word you are here to say with your whole being. When it finds you, give your life to it. … Spend yourself completely on the saying. Be one word in this great love poem we are writing together.”
May you live your word for this year with exquisite clarity, courage, and grace!
March 11, 2019 at 9:23 am
Ah, thank you! That’s so sweet of you, and I love the poem. Wishing you a wonderful 2019 as well!
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