The kids were just off for Martin Luther King Day and my husband, who is a teacher, had to go in for an institute day. I had a pretty intense day leading 3 new clients as they developed a plan for their business in the Magnify Your Marketing program. As the course finished, I went right into two coaching sessions with some other clients. By the end of the day, I was mentally exhausted. Fortunately, I didn't have to go out in the cold or add time for travel since the class was held in my home and the sessions were done over the phone. When my husband came home, my oldest son, who was up in his room all day, said "I'm so sorry you had to work all day dad." I looked at him and said, "Really? What about me? Aren't you sorry I had to work too?" He looked very surprised and said "No mom. You were having fun hanging out with your friends. I heard you laughing all day." I look at him puzzled and annoyed. Feeling bad, he came behind me and massaged my neck. Then he said, "I'm sorry you had a rough day too mom."
I find myself frequently getting annoyed at the people close to me who appear to think I do nothing all day. As I talk to other entrepreneurs, I realize I'm not the only one who experiences this. My default is to be triggered and to think they don't realize I have responsibilities like others who work a job. As I reflect on the interaction with my son, though, I think I'm finally starting to get it.
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It seems everywhere you go these days, you can hear talk about the "word of the year". Many people take time to choose a word of the year as a way to stay focused on their intention. For me, the process of choosing my word was pretty cool.
I had a bunch of things on my mind (shocking!) and any of them could have been "THE one". Before choosing rashly, like I did last year, I took time to just 'be' with all of them. Then, during the last week of December, I attended an Intention Party led by Felicty Joy of Savvy Services. This is the third year that Felicity has walked people through choosing their word of the year. Having attended the first two, I couldn't wait for the process to unfold.
After a series of journaling, celebrating and meditating, I was jazzed for the new year, but still left with all my words. Which one was it going to be? I couldn't choose just one, could I? As I wrote each of the words down on a sheet of paper, I tried to find the overlap. The words that were calling to me can all be seen in my photo above. They are each in a different color. I was so excited when I noticed that they did overlap! Each of the words relates to the development of my foundation. What's even cooler was that I could put them into a sentence and have an intention that reminds me of where to focus my time and energy this year.
Faith, Me Time and Family are my foundation. I've realized that the more I focus on those three things, the better I am for my clients and the better my business is. Do you have a word of the year? What is it and how did you come about choosing it?
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