Picking out my word for 2018 was tougher than I thought it’d be. I could’ve chosen any of these 150 word of the year options, but none of them really seemed to fit. I think in all reality I’ve been avoiding thinking about 2018 because 2017 was such an incredible year both personal and professional wise. But now it’s exactly three hours until the beginning of 2018, and I can’t hold it off any longer.
A couple of days ago I decided to make a vision board for the first time since like elementary school. You know one of those things where you go through old magazines and cut out words and pictures that inspire you.
Well I did that. I went to Walmart at midnight and bought a couple of magazines to cut up while I continued binge watching Parks & Rec on Netflix.
And amazingly enough, my vision for 2018 actually was pretty clear after looking through the things I cut out. Here’s my final vision board – six main things I want to focus on this year.
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After creating the vision board, I thought long and hard about a word I could use for the year that would bring them all together. But let’s be honest, they don’t really all go together. It’s really six different things I want to focus on, and they’re all incredibly important to me.
Years ago I heard a talk from a leader in our church that has stuck with me for all these years. The talk is called “Happiness, Your Heritage” and one of the main points of the talk is that in order to be happy, we need to create things. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the talk.
You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. If you still feel incapable of creating, start small. Try to see how many smiles you can create, write a letter of appreciation, learn a new skill, identify a space and beautify it.
Instead of coming up with one word to unify them all, I came up with one common word to define each of them individually in my overall mission statement for the year – create. And here’s my mission statement for the year.
Create Relationships that Last
I’ve really struggled since my son was born four years ago to make friends in real life (aka outside of blogging). I struggled with depression a lot when we lived in Virginia and my husband was working eighty hours a week, and I think somewhere in the depression I convinced myself that nobody has any reason to like me or to be my friend. It’s stuck and making friends has been a lot harder since.
I’ve lucked out and been able to make a couple of good friends in the past few months in Texas, but it’s still an ongoing process. I have an incredible family but sometimes family just isn’t enough, so my goal is to really work on getting out of my comfort zone, being more friendly to people, and making new friends. All while strengthening the relationships I already do that, so I can do just what it says – create relationships that last.
Create Order from Chaos
By looking at my life now, you’d never know that I used to work full-time as a project manager who managed all the details of million dollar projects. There’s nothing organized about my life right now.
This one is all about creating order in all parts of my life through daily routines, habits, and organization. I actually just started the book The Productivity Project and am looking forward to testing out some of the habits he recommends for working smarter, not harder, this year.
Create All Things with Intention
This one is all about my blog and my brand. I want to make decisions with a purpose. I want to create posts that have the potential to do well, not just random things to post. I want to create things that make people happy, make people’s lives easier, and showcase my talents.
I want to create posts that can do well on SEO (Google Search) or make me a bit of money through affiliate links. I want to think about my intention for something before I do it and only do things that make sense for my brand and business.
Create a Business Not a Blog
I want to hire out things I have to do but don’t personally want to. I want to have a team of people who can help me make Play Party Plan as successful as possible. I want to start thinking big picture instead of being in the middle of every detail. I want to be the boss instead of the one who does everything. I want to take risks and see them pay off.
And I want to look back at the end of 2018 and say, “I did that.”
Create the Me I Want to Be
This feels like an ongoing goal, but this is the year I’m determined to make it happen. I want to get back in shape. I want to call myself a runner again. I want to lose the baby weight and keep it off. I want to be able to hike in Europe without being the one who is holding my family behind. I want to get a better handle on my relationship with food. And I want to find that confidence again that I lost years ago. I want to be a better version of myself.
Create Memories Worth Remembering
My son is headed to full-time kindergarten in the fall, and I still don’t believe it. I realized the other day that I’ve spent probably half of his life working and not working because I needed to pay the bills, working because I chose to work.
This is the year that I’m going to choose memories over working. I’m going to choose teaching my son how to read instead of teaching him that I’m addicted to my phone. And I’m going to spend as much time as possible with my family because at the end of the day, they’re what really matters.
And I’m hopefully going to do it by working smarter, only creating the things that make sense to create, and hiring things out so I can be the boss, not the one glued to my phone. Happy New Year everyone!