At the end of last year and beginning of this one, there was a lot of talk about having a word of the year. One word that was supposed to define what you wanted to focus on throughout the 365 days of 2019. And I thought, how on earth am I supposed to pick ONE word out of the millions and millions available? Some people chose words like "peace," "calm," "slow," and other such great ideas we all wish we had more of in our lives. But I'm a mom of two preschoolers. I know better than to strive for things like that right now. Other words were more like "bless," "discipline," "joy," "persistence," you get the idea.
I decided to not choose a word. For me, it was right up there with setting new year's resolutions. I don't really do it because I don't want to break them.
Instead, a word was sort of given to me as I went through this year. The word "BRAVE."
With my second book coming out back in April, I expected this to be a great year writing-wise, and it was, but I also ended up having several reminders that my forward momentum isn't going to maintain itself without me doing more to get out of my comfort zone. So, I've learned to reach more, and stretch myself. And get uncomfortable.
First, I started reaching out more to other people who are already established and asking for things like interviews on my blog. That blessed me unexpectedly with other resources who in turn added me to their blogs. That was exciting. I also joined with my friends Erin and Heather to start our youtube channel. That's definitely something I never considered doing, but now that we've started, I'm so glad I took up their challenge to join in. And I'm starting to try and reach out to more local places like libraries and stores and schools having booth events, to try and get my name recognized in my area, too.
What does that mean for this next year? I honestly don't know yet. But I know I'm going to continue to try and find more ways to stay out of my comfort zone and find more ways to meet more people. After all, as my publisher continues to tell us, "people aren't going to know you write books unless you tell them."
Did you have a word for this year? Did you find a word sort of gave itself to you or did you choose your own?
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