Many people already shared their focus words and/or goals for 2017, so I am late to the party but for good reason. I chose Connection for my focus word after Emperor Baby Fists won the election and shocked the world. In light of what happened, I felt called to connect with likeminded individuals, my inner self and those open to respectful discussion. Because I planned to blend my goals with my focus word, I took plenty of time figuring it out.
Why I Chose Connection for My Focus Word
There are two main reasons why the word “Connection” resonated so strongly with me.
- Ever since I was teased as a little girl for being different, I wished people didn’t see race or skin color, just people. We are all bound to one another as we live on the same planet, share the same resources, prosper or wither and feast and famine together. Intolerance has always existed, simmering and unspoken. Now it’s not only open and visible, but too many people collectively shrugged their shoulders and said “so what”, which scares and saddens me. I want to help people see how we all connect together, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.
- Depression makes you feel alone. And because you likely believe you deserve to be alone, you stop answering phone calls from friends, turn down social invitations and basically choose to live like a hermit. I did all those things. And now it is time for me to reconnect with myself and with others.
5 Ways I am Connecting This Year
More than just my focus word for the year, connection is also a very personal goal. Many of these goals will likely remain in place going forward and become a part of who I am.
Volunteer at My Local Library
I started volunteering last Fall for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I wanted to give back and given my love of reading, this seemed like a no-brainer. The other reason is a bit selfish but because of my hermit-like tendencies, I needed to venture among the living. Volunteering offered an easy, safe way to dip my toe back into the world.
Join a Real Life Book Club
I want to get back into life socially and connect with people on a fun level. Obviously I love books but reading itself is a solo activity, so I needed something to help me interact with people in person. One of my friends belongs to a book club with some work friends and she invited me to join. I attended my first meeting yesterday and enjoyed myself immensely. I love talking about books (Hello, Show Us Your Books Link-Up participants!) and it was a treat to spend time with fellow book lovers in person.
Support Causes I Care About
Many days I feel overwhelmed by everything that is happening to be honest. Other days I am invigorated and fired up over so many things that I don’t where to begin. What I don’t want to do is spread myself out too thin and become ineffective. Right now, my interest lies in fighting against racism and supporting women’s rights. I continue to investigate opportunities in my area that I want to support and intend to report back with how and where I am using my energy, voice and talents in the following weeks. And if you have any suggestions, please share in the comments!
I want to make more connections professionally, which as an introvert makes me want to hide under my covers. 😀 But I also want to eat and pay my bills, so growing both my web design business and my blogs is a must.
- For sasspurrella designs: I plan to find a group for web designers, either a Meet-Up Group or a Facebook/online group, to develop relationships with other designers and to learn from them as well. To regularly attend some kind of local business meeting where I can network with other business owners.
- For My Blogs: Right now I have two blogs, A Mindful Migration and Eat Laugh Purr. I am undecided if I want to keep two separate blogs or combine them as one but I plan to take my time making my decision too. What I do know is that growing my blogs is a priority because I love connecting with other bloggers and readers. I need to become more strategic with marketing and create a doable action plan.
Get Healthy, For Real
I have been on a diet roller-coaster most of my adult life. It seems like every year I resolve to get healthy and every year I fail. Some years I do better than others, but never can I announce proudly, “goal achieved”. I plan to make this year the year I succeed. 42 is on the horizon and I can feel it. And I don’t like it. I have not treated my body very well for the past few years and need to make big changes. My new motto is move forward. So I am reconnecting with my body and listening to what it tells me. And to my great shock, some days it tells me that it really wants to eat a kale salad or lift weights. 😀
Connect the Dots
Connection is going to be my roadmap this year. Helping me connect the dots, socially and professionally and move forward with strength. 2017 may seem uncertain and scary at times but as long as I remain tuned in and connected, I will survive and thrive and help others do the same too.
Did you chose a focus word? What is it? How do you”connect” with others and yourself?