2019 was not my favorite.
I came home one day to 3 inches of water in my basement – which was also where my bedroom happened to be. I finalized my divorce. I said goodbye to the most amazing dog I’ve ever met (RIP my beloved Otis).
I spent countless hours for a month straight getting my condo ready to sell. That hard work (and $$$$$$) seemed to pay off because I accepted an offer after just 12 days. I sold all my furniture, streamlined my belongings to just my most prized possessions and moved from a 3-bedroom condo to a single room 40 miles closer to work. 6 days before closing, the buyer’s financing fell through so it was put back on the market and I was left paying for 2 places. So there’s that.
My emotional and physical health became less of a priority. My business fell even lower on the list. I went to the gym a total of about 12 times in 2019 because life was so cray ALL THE TIME. I was commuting 3 hours a day and taking on more responsibilities in my job (without any extra $$ btw). 2019 brought me to a point where I was head-over-heels in love with a man who lives 2,114 miles away. I was stressed, financially strapped, and had a cloudy vision for where my life, business and relationship was heading.
It seemed like every single day challenged me in some way and pushed me to the brink of insanity. It was hard but in hind sight, holy shit did I grow! My life looks a lot different than it did a year ago but I feel so much more free. The struggles that I endured in 2019 left me with less stuff, fewer commitments, more time for me and a support system that I literally can’t live without.
So here I am, staring at 2020 right in the eyes and saying “let’s fucking go”. I’m feeling renewed, motivated, inspired, supported and loved. I need a word that will take my growth from 2019 and build upon it. I need a word that is intentional, meaningful and makes my personal growth AND the growth of my business a priority.
With a little help from Goal Chaser’s list of word ideas for 2020, I found it in no time.
My word for this year is CULTIVATE.
To cultivate is to nurture and foster the growth of something. It implies executing an an ability to adapt, prepare, teach, and refine.
In 2020 I’m going to commit to cultivating greatness in myself, nurture my relationship and make my business my top priority.
What’s your word of the year?