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Looking Ahead: Nursetopia’s 2018 One Word

Happy 2018, Nursetopia!

My one word for 2018 is circle

It’s an inconspicuous word, but it has significance to me in many ways, always has (Nursetopia’s logo and theme is full of circles). Much like the Israelites (yes, in the Bible), I feel like I’ve been circling – and in a holding pattern – for a while. Like I’ve needed to wait for a certain season. Transparently, I feel that season coming. It’s exciting and terrifying. But, really, aren’t all the best moments?

Also, I plan to circle some of my biggest goals and dreams with prayers, people, and purpose. Medieval renaissance scientists believed the circle was inherently divine due to all the related mathematics during that period. The circle is a symbol of both beginnings, completion, and continuation; I love that symbolism for 2018.

I plan to focus on the various circles of my life and work. This is the first time I’ve used a Commit 30 planner (and I have no financial conflict of interest with the company), and the planner has a circle theme, which I love and have taken full advantage of for planning my 2018.

Do you have a one word for 2018?

 

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In Retrospect: Nursetopia’s 2017 One Word

Since 2011, rather than selecting resolutions, I’ve chosen one word to help guide my year. It’s more than a ritual; it’s a word that is carefully selected and woven throughout my life for the year, and I think about it often. It’s quite amazing to reflect back and remember. You can find one word reflections for past years here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

2017’s one word was intentional.

I was more intentional with my relationships, spending more time with the people I love and those entrusted to me at work. I intentionally mentored close to one dozen people throughout 2017; the fun part was that I did it mostly in secret. It was intentional for those people and for me – a quite enjoyable giving of my time and knowledge.

I was intentional with my money. I saved money, stopped giving to organizations that didn’t align with my passions or weren’t showing a return on my investment or just weren’t grateful for my contributions. On the converse, I gave intentionally to others in ways meaningful to me – and hopefully them. I spent my money on intentional items unlike I’ve ever done before. I spent 10 days in Europe with my husband, celebrating a friend’s nuptials and our wedding anniversary. It was a blast and worth every penny and minute.

I was intentional with my time. I completed several professional works that will be published soon; I cannot wait to share those with the world. I read 19 books, putting a serious dent in my “to-read” list. And, I said “no,” to a lot of things – many at work; I am extremely proud of myself for saying no because despite what people say, it’s culturally and professionally taboo to do so. As much as I love my work, it is not my number one priority. I’ve been intentional in keeping my priorities my priorities.

I was intentional with my goals. I finally applied for – and was accepted to a doctoral program. Ten years after completing my dual master degrees is nursing and business, I head to Duke University in a few days as part of Duke University School of Nursing’s Executive Leadership inaugural cohort.

What a year 2017 has been. I am ready for 2018, and I’ll share 2018’s one word tomorrow!

How was your 2017? Did you use one word to guide your year? How was it? Are you planning to use one word for 2018?

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Propelling Forward: 2017’s One Word

The one word I’ve chosen for 2017 is intentional. 

I want to be intentional with my time and energy and relationships and money. I want to strongly pursue my passions and have courage to say no to those things that are not my calling or purpose. I want to be a wise steward of the time I have with the people I love the most. I want to think through my hours, days, weeks, year before they simply happen and pass me by.

Are you using one word for 2017? If so, what is it?

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Looking Ahead: One Word for 2015

With much thought, my one word for 2015 is give.

Simply, I want to give more financially, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I want to give my time and energy to impactful efforts and meaningful moments. I want to give anonymously and without desire or want of return. I hope to give more thanks and donate more to my community.

Give. I’m really looking forward to 2015!

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In Retrospect: 2014’s One Word

One word has helped guide my life and work each and every year for the past decade or so. I’ve chronicled these one words ever since Nursetopia began, and it’s nice to look back and see how the single word, kept on the forefront of my mind throughout the year, really did shape my actions.

2014’s one word was relationships. After 2013’s change and newness of a different job and city, I wanted 2014 to focus on solidifying my community. And that all boils down to relationships.

I started 2014 with a race with my siblings that I ended up simply walking – and talking – with my sister; it was great. I also moved my family to a different rental property because we were going nuts in our other one; it turned out to be a really great thing for our family as a whole. I burned through handwritten notes for friends, coworkers, and clients. My birthday was an Austin Color Run team that friends and family members joined. I shared a beach vacation with 22 of my family members; took a cruise with my mom and older sisters; and worked hard to ensure date nights continued. I remembered my one word each evening as I read and sang my littles to sleep – as much as I felt pulled to clean the house or prepare for the next day, I remembered what was really important – daily relationships and moments that add up to much more. I gave more of me to the people I worked with and those who wanted to learn from me. Many times I stopped what I was doing (e.g. working, writing, playing on the computer or scrolling through social media) to spend more time with the people I love. I had the honor of caring for my grandfather, who passed away Friday from head and neck cancer; I spent a great amount of quality time with him, listening to his stories and enjoying his company. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend that time any other way.

Relationship. My one word worked exactly as I needed it.

I’m so thankful for 2014. And while it’s still the same year, I’ll put away my computer, and spend time with those that mean the most to me, welcoming 2015. Tomorrow I will share my one word for the New Year.

Thanks for reading and being a part of my “relationships.” I wish you and yours the best this evening and into 2015!

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One Word for 2012: Completion

Rather than resolutions, each year I chose one word to help frame my goals and work throughout the year. It helps me. I’ve shared past year’s words already, and 2012’s word was “completion.” I completed many things, indeed, including buying my first home, finishing my first marathon, and many other goals I had in mind.

While “completion” worked for me, I realized that few things are ever really complete; they keep going in one shape or another. Still, the concept was powerful motivation throughout all of 2012. As I look back on the year, I am proud of my accomplishments and choices. It really has been a great year, and I am excited to live 2013 to its fullest.

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Giving Back, Paying it Forward, Making A Difference

You are where you are today because of your own diligence and drive in combination with the leadership, mentoring, and encouragement from others throughout your life. You are a wealth of information and resources. Someone is dying to meet and learn from a person like you.

Give yourself freely. Share your experience, your knowledge, your encouragement with others. Help expand other people’s networks with other quality people. Provide constructive feedback. Be present. Be a mentor. Give back, or pay it forward; it’s all the same in making a difference in someone’s life.