Every year, for the past 6 years now I have had a theme for the year. This theme has been my laser focus during the course of the year. This concept has served me very well. I believe that I am living a life with purpose and meaning. I have a goal in my mind, and the themes assist in my development toward that goal. I have never shared these themes publicly (my husband and I discuss them throughout the course of the year), but I thought if it has served me so well, it can possibly serve someone else well too.
Now to be completely honest, I have already written about how I hate the whole, "New Year, New You" deal (I am just not buying it, even if it were already on clearance with an extra 80% off!) for a couple of reasons.
1. You should never wait until January 1 to make changes to your life that need to be made, regardless of what they are.
2. I do not think anything was wrong with 2016, 2015, 2014, and so on Tiffany, I just want to be better, not new.
Therefore, my themes really build on one another, and never go away. After a year of focusing on them, writing the theme everywhere, and discussing the theme in detail, the themes become habits and a part of me.
2012: Fortune favors the prepared mind.
At this time I was in gradate school, with quite a few things on my plate, and every bit of information that I learned, I used in preparation for something bigger. Something that was coming, and coming soon. (Little did I actually know how soon!)
2013: A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor
I was having a very rough personal time, and during these rough times, I realized that it is in these moments that I build wisdom, character, and strength. Going forward, the things in the future that could be seen as a challenge, did not seem nearly as difficult. I knew how to react, and more importantly, how not to react.
2014: For I know the plans I have for you
During this year, my family and I were living in Texas, we had so much going on and so many things in the air in our lives. Truly living with uncertanity. We knew the move was temporary, but we wanted to get the most out of our experience. We had to learn to put our faith in a much higher place, and roll with the punches.
2015: She is clothed in strength and dignity
This was the year I decided to focus on my personal and professional brand, which do not differ that much in reality. This is the year I decided I would be vocal and present, and blaze my own trail.
2016: Be still and know that I AM God
During the course of this year the first 7 months were a whrilwind...
I started the year BEYOND pregnant
I had a 6 year old begging me for a huge birthday party
The very next day after the 6 year olds birthday, Charley was born
I accepted another role with my organization
We moved back to Peoria
We bought our first home
Doug had to find a new career and himself
I bought a new car (although I really was not ready for that one...).
I had to learn to slow my mind down and remeber to live and love the moments, the moments with my parents, the moments with my husband, the moments with our babies. Just learning to love and live. Because in hindsight, I would not change a thing.
Drum Roll Please... And for 2017...
Be Vast and Be Brilliant
This year I am going to do it. Literally all the things that I have been leading up to this moment, building in great anticipation, and my soul and spirit having been yearning to do. I will do it. This year I will be doing things personally and professionally to elevate who I am. As for what those things are, you'll just have to wait and see!
I will let you know how it turns out...