2020: Discovering Your Word of the Year

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Inspired by a friend’s Facebook post (Thank you Andrea!), I discovered my WOY pretty early on this year. Yes, my WOY. It’s like Rod Tidwell’s idea of “Quan” (from the movie Jerry Maguire).

Or, to put it more simply, my Word of the Year .

It’s a game changer in the world of New Year’s Resolutions. This is more like mantra to life instead of that age old list of things you want to do but know you never will. I see it as a more active way of creating the change I want to see.

While my WOY may not bring me JOY or make me more COY, I’m hoping it will bring on a great deal of personal growth.

Without further ado, my word is: Strengthen.

Sure, there will be some of that kind of strengthening going on, but more importantly, I’m looking to focus more on mental strengthening. Without the mind, our bodies are nothing more than a pile of bones and tissue.

Sharing Moment: What is your WOY? How do you feel it will improve your life?


If I write this here, for the world (well at least my friends and famiy) to see, I can’t back out, right? Well, that’s the idea. So, here goes nothing.


My plan is to complete a 30 (or 31) day challenge for each month in the year. Each category will be something I want to change or improve on in my own personal life. At the conclusion of each month, I will share my findings. It’s an experiment of sorts. My goal is to make this a knowledgeable experience for all and not just about me. I’m just the guinea pig.

Why? To torture myself of course! Well, actually that’s not it at all. There are several reasons that I’ve decided to embark on this specific journey towards inner (and potentially outer) strength.

Problem: Starting things and not finishing them because my mind is in a thousand directions.

Solution: Focus on one major task at a time and master it (or at least improve significantly).

Problem: Sometimes I don’t like myself.

Solution: Make positive changes that promote self love.

Problem: Good habits are difficult to start; Bad habits are hard to break.

Solution: Research shows that it takes 21 (or more) days to form new habits.

The 21/90 Rule

The idea is that by committing to a goal for 21 days, you will form new habits. Once the new habit is formed, continue working on that goal for another 90 days and it will become more automatic—A lifestyle. Of course, we’re all different. Some people may need more or less time.


Learn more about the 21/90 rule here on the website entitled: Expand Beyond Yourself. The author touches on the benefits of building good habits.

Sharing Moment: Do you have a goal in mind for yourself? Do you want to do a personal challenge as well? Join the torture…I mean, fun. Feel free to contact me (and/or a family member/friend) directly to set up some accountability and GO FOR IT! You can post your results in the comment section, on Facebook, or PM me to share! I want to celebrate with you!


Yes, this is an ambitious goal, I know. But, I really want to see what I’m made of.

What can one do when they set their mind to something? Is it possible to create change? What about lasting change? Can we turn our minds into mental powerhouses? I think the answer is yes! It’s just a matter of doing it. It’s that simple. Well, the answer is simple, the doing it is hard . But hey, the NOT doing it is even harder. It can mean a life of perpetual unhappiness with oneself.

You know I like quotes! Here are a few small glimpses into my current state of mind and also some food for thought.

“Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits”

Jerry Dunn (famous marathon runner)
A little further each and every time!

“The days that you are most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself”

Mary L Bean
Conquer the mountain one step/push/rotation at a time

Thanks for much for reading! Stay tuned for January’s Blog to see how I did on my first challenge.

Until next time friends….

6 Responses

    • Jenni

      Thanks Andrea! I need all the support I can get. Knowing you’re in my corner is a definite boost! You’re the best!

    • Jenni

      Alrighty! Now we’re talking! I’ll call you tomorrow and we can chat about it 🙂

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