It’s the last day of 2019. The last day of a decade. Tomorrow marks the start of something new – a new year, a new decade, new possibilities, new adventures. Around this time last year, I listened to a podcast about finding a word for how to live out your year. The word I chose for 2019 was TRY as I knew there would be so many new things in my first full year of business. It was a bit of a mindset thing for me, a lot of things I would take on in 2019 would be new, so wanted to just TRY. TRY to experiment with different avenues to see what worked, what didn’t work, etc. I reflected on that word a lot throughout the year. I tried a lot of things this past year. I failed on a lot of things last year too. Ideas I had that didn’t work, but that’s okay, it was all information for me as I navigated forward. All in all, TRY was a great word for last year’s experiences.

To preface my words, I think it’s important to share that I had the chance to listen to Brendan Burchard at the RISE business conference in November. He had a great message and I really enjoyed listening to him. What struck me was his tagline – LIVE. LOVE. MATTER. It’s such a big concept, yet can be carried out in such small ways on a daily basis. In this new decade, I want to LIVE, I want to LOVE, I want to MATTER – from a personal standpoint and from a business standpoint. And I’ve found that both of those are so incredibly interwoven. So for 2020, I’ve chosen two words (yes, I couldn’t pick just one) that I hope define my daily tasks and my overall year: INTENTIONAL & CONNECTION.

[INTENTIONAL] 
In the upcoming year, I want to be more INTENTIONAL with the use of my time and who I surround myself with. We all have the same amount of hours in the day and we must be INTENTIONAL in the use of it. I love the Stephen Covey quote, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” I’ve thought a lot about that quote lately and how I want to live out the upcoming year. In 2020, I want to be more INTENTIONAL in how I spend my time, who I spend my time with and what we spend time doing. I’m also doing this from a yearly calendaring perspective and it’s been so insightful to think about how this theme plays out in my actions on a yearly, monthly, , weekly and daily basis. 

[CONNECTION]
One of my biggest joys of this past year was CONNECTING with people from across the Midwest to help them with their marketing plans and/or ideas around their business. In 2020, I plan to create an intentional CONNECTION point with midwest businesses through mastermind groups. I want to facilitate discussions that are vulnerable about living and working in rural spaces. I am passionate about re-creating HOW we work. It’s something I struggle with a lot – from learning that REST is just as important as the PUSH.  That social media is not a tool for CONNECTION, but having real conversations is. Of course, this applies in my personal realm as well. I am planning out ways to CONNECT in more meaningful ways with the loved ones in my life.

In 2020, my calendar is already filling up with ideas, dreams, massive action and simple intentional steps to help craft the life I want to lead. Some of that includes some scary initiatives that are new and that will push me (creating a digital course, hosting mastermind groups, etc), but in this next decade, I want to use my words, my time and my energy to LIVE, to LOVE, to MATTER.

I plan to sit down at the end of day and reflect on how I lived out my words each day. I know there will be some days that will be better than others, but if I can spend most of my days being INTENTIONAL & CONNECTING, I can only imagine how my heart will overflow in the new year.

As you think about your upcoming year, what’s a word or words you want to think about daily? About how you want to live out your year? I’d love to hear your words in the comments – or on my social media post! Happy New Year to you. Let’s make 2020 your best year yet!

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