Another year begins

I had known 2018 would be a year of transition and trials, but it rather went off the rails when symptoms returned in March.  Much of the next 6 months, at least was spent trying to convince my cardiologists that these symptoms were related to PVCs (Premature Ventricular Contractions).  That mission did get accomplished but between that and the symptoms themselves, other stuff did get a bit derailed.

My focus words for 2018 were Balance, Resilience, and Action.  I worked on all of this – results were mixed.

As the road for 2019 unfurls before me, it should bring more personal challenges and change.  And I continue to work on Storychick projects.  Most important to a positive 2019 will be feeling that I have found myself again and dealt with mental health issues I had long refused to see.

And so, #my3words for 2019 are:

  1. Fettle – (Yes, I used the thesaurus when figuring out my words as the regular words I started with didn’t quite capture what I wanted) Isn’t this a great word?  It’s Middle English – like the spelling of my name.  It means a state of health, fitness, wholeness, spirit, or form.  As in “in fine fettle”.  This is about getting back to getting into shape, surbing symptoms as much as I can on my end.
  2. Clan – Surrounding myself with people who vibrate at a similar wavelength to my own.  The community of creators of all sorts that I love.  People determined to improve our community.  Those with a love story.  Family in its many forms.  In 2019, I hope to nurture and grow my clan.
  3. Zest – This is to cover the “spirit” part of fettle.  Working on the mental/ emotional beasts that caused my body to freak out this fall.  Dealing with issues long neglected.  And that essential piece of putting me back together – rediscovering myself.  My first step on the next part of this journey.

Here’s to a new year ahead and the wonderful cultural norm that accompanies a new calendar  – that of a chance to approach life with a new attitude and determination.  Happy 2019, everyone!

Welcome, 2018


I have to admit, I sometimes felt lost in 2017.

I can have a tendency to throw my whole self into various endeavors, leaving nothing to deal with anything else.  Without discipline, I ride a roller coaster of productivity – giving my all and then having to stop entirely to recover.

This is relevant to all sorts of tasks- emotional, mental, physical.

For someone who has to closely manage spoons, this is a supremely horrible approach.  I’d throw everything, use all my spoons, at certain projects – and have nothing left for others.

In 2018?  I’m focusing on balance.  And trying to do it strategically.  Habits and practices are going to be important to keeping an even keel – to avoiding the roller coaster.  As I sat thinking about what I wanted to fix, two lists stood out as important backbones for these habits.

I want to keep in mind my results from the StrenghthsFinder 2.0 test.  While I don’t normally buy in to personality tests, I thought the 5 characteristics I got from this were spot on and definitely describe how I approach my work.

  • Learner
  • Ideation
  • Individualization
  • Input
  • Maximizer

At the time I took this test, my results set me apart from everyone in the company.  And it proved out that we exist in different realms.

I’m still working on how these play in to the habits that I need to form.  I think the first step is not to neglect any of these elements in the projects that I choose.

Balance will come with a focus on the 4 types of resilience as Jane McGonigal describes in her TED talk.

  • Emotional (3 positive emotions for each negative encountered)
  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Social

Building resilience in these spaces can lengthen your life, as McGonigal details in her talk.

Wrapping these elements together, I wind up at #my3words (I didn’t think I was going to do that this year):

  • Balance
  • Resilience
  • Action (as a result of the other 2, I hope to be able to complete more projects, and get more work done on big ones)

Seth Godin posted recently about adding sprints to your marathon and I definitely see the value in that, but I have to make sure the sprints don’t prevent me from completing the race.  (Running analogies are really hard for me, as a total and absolute non-runner.)

I’m bundling myself out into the tundra with new intent and fresh focus.  Let’s see how it goes.

What’s your plan for 2018?  Are you thinking of shifting your story?