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Donna DeRosa

Great words.

Here are mine:

Speak - I've always been a great listener. It's time for me to speak up.

Essential - Sort out the things that really matter and work only on those.

Help - By helping others, we help ourselves. This word is the basis for any good business.

I could think about which words to use all day but these are the ones that came to me first. So, they must be on my mind. I'll write a proper blog post about them and go into more detail.

Peeved Michelle

Great words. You know I don't have a problem with Speak! I love Essential. That wasn't one of my words for last year, but it was definitely an underlying theme - for this year, too. I am so busy that I don't have time to spend on things that don't directly relate to my goals. This blog for instance. Posts here are going to be so rare in 2013

Best of luck, and I'll help you in any way I can!

laura k

I was just spending my first morning back at work reading about resolutions, whether to make them, don't make them, dream instead of resolve, don't waste time setting goal, blah blah blah. I like the three words idea and I especially love your Bombshell. Perfect for you.

I have one word so far - light. I want to be lighter, losing weight. I also need to be in the light instead of darkness and will choose my activities accordingly. It's very simple but I think it will work, as long as I don't get too Poltergeist ("move away from the light Carol Ann!")


I like your word, Laura. I think it is very appropriate. I've put up a post about my first word. It is basically a restatement of one of my goals for the new year but my first word is home.

Peeved Michelle

That's a great word! If it sums up what you want to do this year, don't pressure yourself to get to three.

As for the naysayers, screw them! No one makes a stink out of having annual goals on your review at work. How is this different?


Michelle, your words, and the words of the commenters here, are excellent. I like the three word concept, so I've come up with three of my own.

Improvement - I gave up resolutions, and the resultant pressure and guilt, years ago in favor of continual self-improvement. Learning new things, eating healthier, moving more (exercising or otherwise), trying new things -- all these have made my life incrementally better and more enjoyable.

Progress - This is mostly related to work, but there is some spillover into "real" life. This year I realized I'd been the old reliable for too long, pitching in wherever the need was greatest. This year I'm going to keep progress on my own goals foremost in mind when making decisions. If a task doesn't get me closer to what I want to be doing, then I'm not going to jump in to volunteer.

Connection - Long story short, I tend not to form friendships at work, so I have to pay particular attention to making friends outside of work. Not easy since I mostly read books and watch movies/TV. This word is to remind me to look out for new connections, as well as continue to connect with the people who are already in my life. At least until I change the word to "hermitage" and move into an Alaskan cabin with my dog and a lifetime supply of reading material. :)

Peeved Michelle

2014... HERMITAGE!


Hermitage may be winning.

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