Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 - My Year to Move Forward

It's a couple of weeks into the new calendar year, and I'm starting to think about how I want this year to look. 2016 was a horrible year, on both a personal and a global scale. My life was turned upside down, and now I am working on finding our new normal, and adjusting to my life as a widowed, single mom.

I gave up making new year's resolutions a long time ago (I was just going to break them anyway), but for the past few years I've decided to focus on a single word or theme that encompasses what I hope to accomplish in the next 12 months.  My word for 2017 - FORWARD.

Why "forward"?

Because I want to look forward, instead of back. Not that I intend to forget or distance myself, but that I fear it would be rather easy to dwell on the sadness of the past year, and our loss. I can't let myself do that. I need to look forward to the future with my boys and getting them set to go out in the world on their own. My husband, their dad, will always be with us, and we will treasure our memories, but we need to live in the now and look to the future.

Because I need to move forward with my business. I will move forward with plans to bring in new clients and to reach out to new brands I want to work with. I'll move myself forward professionally with attendance and learning at at least one conference. And I want to push myself forward with my photography, maybe take a few lessons, and put some effort into selling that work.

Because I think I need to be a bit more forward (although some friends may dispute that). And by that I mean, I need to be more vocal and willing to express what I need, when I need help or support, or when I want to get involved. I need to put myself out there and say, "Hey! I can help you with that. I have the skills you need for that project. Hire me!" And of course that's an important part of being able to move forward with my business.

So, forward it is. Onwards and upwards, as they say.

What do you think? Do you set a word or theme, or goals for the coming year? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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