One Word: 2012

Last year, it was FORWARD.

And I did move forward. My ex-husband moved out, and I attempted to move my life forward. I threw myself into a million different directions, hoping something would stick. I looked at going to school, I dated a little bit, I sold Tupperware, I started editing, I worked on my own writing. I moved a lot of things in my life forward.

It ended up being a good word for 2011.

I didn’t think I’d pick another word. I couldn’t think of anything. I wasn’t sure what I wanted out of 2012.

After a conversation with Jamie, I started thinking about it again. I wanted something to meditate on in the next year. To make decisions about my future. Especially regarding a career.

I’ve been talking about going back to school since I graduated the first time. I’ve changed my mind a million times, and haven’t actually registered for any classes. I talk about it all the time. Everything sounds interesting. Business, marketing, web design, MFA in writing, law school… I want to try it all. I want to find out what career is “right” for me.

What my life really needs right now, is FOCUS.

I need to FOCUS on what I want, what I need, and what I’m already good at.

I need to FOCUS on myself, my son, my home, my goals.

I need to FOCUS if I’m ever going to find direction.

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18 comments on “One Word: 2012”

  1. Lynn

    An excellent choice. It was my word last year. I failed it. Perhaps I was not ready. This year I have chosen “faith”. Wishing us both growth and success with our new words.


    • Roxanne

      I didn’t even think about my word all year in 2011, but it ended up fitting kind of perfectly. Sending wishes of success for you in 2012! πŸ™‚

    • Roxanne

      Thanks Julia. It’s a good idea. I threw myself into a lot of projects last year, so it will definitely be nice to make myself focus a little bit more on what I really want.

  2. Kimberly

    I think that’s a great word for you this year. I’ve read so many of you choosing words that I now wonder which one I would choose for myself.

    • Roxanne

      It’s an interesting exercise. I picked a word for the first time last year, and then promptly forgot about it. But looking back, I can see that it did make an impact on my year. πŸ™‚

  3. Yuliya

    That is a great word. I hope I can help πŸ˜‰
    PS thanks for adding me to your blogroll, that is such an unexpected sweet surprise!

  4. Tracy

    As someone who seems to have developed adult-onset ADD, I think focus is a brilliant word. I’m working on a time mapping exercise to better focus on my goals and limit distractions.

    As someone who’s followed your blog since you chose last year’s word, I’m impressed by how much that word has actually played out in your life. Congrats! Here’s to a year of focus!

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  6. Angela Matthewson

    I love this concept, a word for the year. I may adopt it!
    It seems like a great step “forward” to go from “just” moving to choosing direction(s). Best of luck!

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