At the end of 2016, I happened upon a video of an interview from the Today Show about New Year’s resolutions. The guest, Jon Gordon, advises that rather than make a list of things you will forget by February, trying narrowing your focus to just one word by looking in, looking up, and looking out. (Check out the video; he explains in more detail.)

It resonated with me, and so for 2017, I chose the word “engage.” I was facing a lot of new, challenging tasks, and I thought it was a good way to remind myself not to be afraid to find out what I could do when I stepped outside my comfort zone. On the whole, I do think it helped my mindset, and now at the end of 2017, I look back at the year I was in charge of planning the very first Mercantile Mississippi. Believe me, it was WAY out of my comfort zone. (More on that in another post.)

For 2018, I have chosen the word “discipline.” If you know me, you know that I probably should make that my word every year. But this year, it is vital for so many reasons that I establish routines—spiritually, financially, artistically—and stick to them. I won’t achieve my goals without that discipline.

So what’s your word? I’d love to hear it!