Word of the Year: 2017

I love January 1st. A new beginning, a clean slate, and an opportunity to reset for a new year. While I don’t believe in setting New Year’s resolutions, I do take time out for goal-setting, and creating some intentions for the New Year.word of the year[Looking for inspiration between the pages of my favourite books]

For the past few years I’ve chosen a word of the year – a sort of guide for the things I want to focus on in the coming  year. 

2011 – Prosperity
2012 – Create
2013 – Shine
2014 – Ease
2015 – Focus
2016 – Abundance & Simplicity (I chose two words last year because I wanted to remind myself that abundance doesn’t have to come with stuff and clutter).

This year I was really struggling with the right word. The last couple of months have been so busy I can barely get through the day, let alone stop and contemplate my word of the year. Thankfully, my word found me (because clearly I wasn’t going to go on a hunt to find it!)

The last few days I’ve been having a really hard time putting together a spreadsheet for a project we have coming up. It involves forecasting, variables, percentages, and all sorts of foreign and scary things. I was really feeling down about my lack of Excel knowledge and then the light bulb went off – I could learn how to make a spreadsheet! I’ve always been a researcher, a note taker, and an a-class nerd; I can learn anything.

And just like that, I had my word: LEARNword of the year

We are heading into some challenging and exciting projects at Pink Chai Media in the next few months, and  I’ve been feeling seriously overwhelmed. I never finished university and everyone I’m working with these days is a double graduate or MBA, and talking in all sorts of jargon and gibberish I haven’t heard before.  So, as you can imagine, I’ve been feeling a bit inadequate. But here’s what I know for sure; we are all born with a talent and we can learn the rest.

My talent is creating social media content, all the other gaps can be filled in with a little education. I’ve been self-employed for 13 years, and have been running a digital media agency for the last 5. (An international agency now, #humblebrag). So my goal this year is to learn the things I don’t know and getting really confident in my skills and achievements. 

Next time I’m confronted with a business challenge, or I want to sew something new to wear, I’ll just whisper my new mantra “you can learn that”.




  1. January 14, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Learn was my word a couple years ago, I had similar sentiments…I was tired of getting in my own way of learning something new! I think Learn is a great word.
    My word is Grace this year.
    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead

    • January 16, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Grace is such a lovely word! Good luck for 2017 🙂

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