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The Word for 2012: CONNECT

Posted Jan 02 2012 7:59am

A few years ago my friend Lance at the Jungle of Life started to announce his word for the year . I saw it as a chance to set an intention and did the same.

In 2009 my word was FREEDOM. I needed to free myself from myself – my fear, limiting beliefs – in order to create work and a life that I could feel good about.

In 2010 I chose the word FOCUS. Since quitting the corporate world I had explored many different avenues yet couldn’t settle on a business focus or idea. I needed to choose one thing.

In 2011 I chose the word ACTION . In 2011 I took action towards a career vision that had lurked for 5 years. I created Healthy South Shore, an online magazine and resource providing comprehensive health/fitness information to folks South of Boston. The official site is set to launch this week.

Which leads me to my word for 2012. This year the word didn’t appear as easily as the last three. I thought about what I want to accomplish this year, what I need to do to make Healthy South Shore a success. I thought about about I need to do to accomplish my personal goals as well.


For 2012 I choose the word


In 2012 I want to connect to:

  • Other people. I want to build relationships that are mutually beneficial and create a win-win. That is, we help each other grow personally and professionally. Support and professional networks are critical to success.
  • Social Media. In 2011 I began to understand the benefits of social media. I’d like to continue making connections through social media in 2012 and use the tools strategically. I’d love to connect on Twitter !
  • This blog and you, the reader. The focus for this year: what it’s like to create work you enjoy and feel good about. I’ll share stories and lessons from creating and growing Healthy South Shore – the personal and professional lessons. Posts will likely include small business topics, using yoga/meditation for personal/professional effectiveness, writing more creatively and simply enjoying life.  To connect here you can subscribe to the RSS feed or get email updates .  (For health/fitness information I hope you’ll check out Healthy South Shore . You don’t need to live there to benefit!)
  • Myself. Specifically to my personal power, voice and ability to create a successful business, promote my work, lead others, and create healthy communities.

I look forward to making new connections and deepening others in 2012.

How about you? Do you create a word or intention for the new year? Care to share in the comments?

Happy New Year!

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