2016 was a year of new experiences, lessons learned and career exploration.
I explored more of my interests in tech. I learned more about different areas of web development. I experienced being an event organizer. I met people who were good to me. There were people that I met who put on a good show of support and backed out when it was actually needed.
There are so many things that happened all within the 366 days of 2016 that I could never share all at once, some of which I wouldn’t want to online and some I wouldn’t even want to share in person. Or remember. Thank goodness I’m able to look back on those moments on my blog and social media and share them with whoever is adventurous enough to take a peek.
Let’s move on to new things.
I was curious enough to check out his blog post explaining more about it and how he was inspired to pick three words to live by instead of making a list of resolutions for the new year. It made sense.
Focus, Angelina. What about the three words?
So George chose Renew. Build. Elevate. Pretty cool, right? Ever since I saw his post on Instagram and read the blog post behind it, I got to thinking about what my three words could be.
George explained that the words picked are “triggers for actions you intend to take, and maybe other actions you seek to avoid.”
I thought back to the blog post I wrote on what I was looking forward to prior to attending WordCamp US 2016. The three words were there the entire time (kinda sorta under my nose) and I didn’t even realize it. Connect. Collaborate. Create. (Hooray for alliteration.)
I want to keep building on that.
I want to be be able to connect with new and different people. I want to connect with people that I already know on a deeper level. Yeah, I know. People say that all of the time. When was the last time that you really got to know someone? Learn about what makes them tick? What their goals are beyond what they choose to curate from their personal lives and share with the world?
I don’t expect everyone that I cross paths with to share any more than what they are comfortable doing so with me, but I am genuinely curious about knowing people and what is displayed underneath the surface. Hey, I worked in a crisis intervention counseling center for four years. Listening to people and learning about them is my thing.
One thing that I’ll do: Learn more about the community that makes up my local WordPress meetup
Specifically: Learn their origin WordPress stories.
I enjoy working with people. I enjoy teaming up and collaborating with them. I’ve collaborated with people to help produce events, execute marketing campaigns, volunteer projects, you name it. I want to keep doing that. There’s so much to learn about yourself and how you can exercise patience and empathy when working with others. I can only hope that other people will do the same to make their little slice of the world a better place.
I want to do a better job at working closely with others. I’ve never been a fan of saying “If you ever need anything give me a call…” or any variation of that. Most people mean well, but are often unsure as to how they can help when a person needs it and most times, that call is never made.
If there’s a person that you actually know in real life that is working towards achieving a certain goal, or struggling in a certain area in their life, why not do a little more than offering vague support? Likes and hearts are awesome and all, but providing offline support holds a lot of weight, especially to someone that you interact with on a regular basis.
One thing that I’ll do: Be more mindful as to how I can provide more of an impact.
Specifically: Reach out to those I’m closest to and learn exactly what I can do to help with what they are working on (so we can both be awesome together).
Connections, and collaborations often go hand-in-hand when it comes to the creation of some really awesome things. Not every creation will be magical or life changing. I just want to keep growing and get better at personal and self development.
To keep getting better, I’m going to have to create projects, new experiences, form new relationships, you name it – not all of them are going to work out and that’s okay.
Not everything in life goes the way we have it planned out in our head. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t keep trying.
One thing that I’ll do: Work on a new website.
Specifically: Use it as a creative outlet for things I’d like to experiment with. I might destroy it with some bad code and cry over it. That may or may not be intentional, but I will definitely learn from the experience.
These are my three words. There are many like them, but these three are mine.
How I incorporate the three words in my life will definitely evolve as the year goes on. Last time I checked, I am indeed human and evolving is something that they do (or are supposed to). As long I continue to make an honest effort to live with intent try to avoid people, places, and things aren’t serving a purpose that provide a positive impact, I can live with that.
Do you have any specific words, or special sayings that you plan on using this year?