Wednesday, January 4

Kristina's Word for 2017

Kristina's Word for 2017
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Here we are at another January...and I can't quite believe it. It seems like we were just kicking off 2016, doesn't it? The calendar definitely says January and 2017, though, so that means it's time to come up with another plan for another year, and another word to bring it all together.

I know this will shock some of you, but I gave up on making a list of resolutions a few years back. It was just too much, and kind of demoralizing to realize that within a week or so all those great plans were up in smoke...Also, I like the idea that we can start a new passion/goal/interest at any time...not just in January.

I adopted the Word For The Year plan, in which I pick a word that I want to focus on in my home and work and personal life, a couple of years ago. Last year, that word was Focus, and I think I did a pretty good job of staying focused...you know, for the most part. I've also chosen words like Enjoy or Think in the past.

Those words were more geared toward my family/personal life, and this year I wanted to choose a word that kind of hits for both work and play.

So I've chosen GROW, for several reasons.

First, I want to grow as a person. If the 2016 election season taught us anything it is that the art of tolerance is a dying art. I want to grow in my tolerance and understanding of others...I think the best way to do that is to step outside my comfort zone of friends and family by welcoming new people into our little world. I (and RadioMan and bebe) will be looking for ways to reach out to new people in the coming year.

And, I want to grow my writing career. I absolutely love being a hybrid author, and I love the stories that I'm writing, but I want to meet new readers. I want to grow my career to the next level...and I think I'm starting in a good place because, having just cried my way through the edit phase of the first book in my Slippery Rock quad (coming out later this year) and doing a little sniffling as I finish up the draft of book 3, my hope is that this series resonates with not only my current readers, but with readers who might pick up one of these books.
Read/Watch Challenge from RoniLoren

Also, I'm a fairly eclectic reader, but I've been in a kind of holding pattern with reading for a couple of years, and I want to delve into some new types of stories (if anyone has suggestions, leave me a comment!). To that end, I'm doing a read/watch challenge with author Roni Loren - she's chosen a theme for each month of the year, and the challenge is to read a book and watch a movie that fits with that theme in some way. I'm a little intimidated already with some of the themes, but I'm excited to stretch my reader wings a little with it. I've added a page to my planner with the monthly themes, and I'll list the books/movies that I watch as the year goes on...along with my thoughts on each.

Grow is my thoughtful word for 2017. Tell me, readers, what are you hoping to achieve in 2017? Do you make resolutions?


~Kristina

12 comments:

  1. The Read and Watch challenge sounds interesting! I love your word, too. Mine for the year is Listen. I hope I embrace it!

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  2. I was wondering if anyone was going to do a "word" --usually Liz kicks it off :) I'm doing mine tomorrow.

    Love Roni's reading challenge and I'm going to try that one, too.

    Since you asked, I just read an absolutely wonderful book, The Secret Ingredient of Wishes. It's magical realism which when done well, always makes me swoon.

    Love your word!

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    1. I'm going to check it out - thanks for the rec, Margie! Can't wait to see what your word is!!

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  3. Great word, Kristi! And I'm kinda fascinated by your read/watch challenge. That should be fun! I need to read more, too, so I'm doing the 50-book challenge for 2017. We'll see...

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  4. I love the idea of picking a word for the year, and I love the one you've chosen. I, too, would like to grow, in a lot of different ways, but I would especially like to grow my career. Good luck to you!

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  5. My main goals are to get my youngest to bring up his grades and pass 6th grade, plus see my 17th book published; 7 more in print; my 18th book written; and two anthology projects move to the cover art/editing/publishing stage.

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    1. wow - what a list! Good luck this year, Molly!

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  6. I don't make resolutions anymore either. I have adopted the word to live by as well and it's fun. This year my word is happiness. And that covers all areas of my life :) Happy New Year!

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