My One Word

I’m trying a new approach to resolutions this year. Following the ideas outlined at I’m choosing a word to focus my energies and goals for the year.

My one word for 2013 is “momentum.” Last year, I used the term “re-vision.” My intent was to revise myself…to embrace change in how I work, and the rhythm of life, and I believe I’ve been successful in doing that…I’ve created a beginning, and now I need to fuel it. I’ve done a mini-launch…now I need to find my power and really get going.

In 2012, I worked just like my husband does…full-time in blocks of two-to-three month increments, then I take block time off. I didn’t gain ground financially, but I didn’t lose either. I proved to myself, for the first time ever, that I can generate work that works for me…at least in terms of pace and timing. I’m still working on generating work that is creative and self-directed. But that’s a longer process, and a larger goal, so I’m content to take my time to get it right.

That’s what this year will be about. I’ve demonstrated to myself that I can survive in a non-traditional work life. Now I need to take the things I’ve learned…am still learning…and find a way to translate a non-traditional work life to a more entrepreneurial role. That’s the next level for me. I want to create my own work, to be my own employer.

I’ve got lots of ideas, but so far most of them would require a physical presence. I’ve thought of everything from a bakery to a personalized “to-do” service to digital editing, writing and project management. But the reality is that I need to create a flexible and portable vehicle…not something that will tie me to a brick-and-mortar business, or a clientele that is specific geography-based.

I’ve explored writing and digital publishing, and while that continues to hold the most interest for me, it is also intimidating. I need reliable income. I don’t mind it being a little erratic. But the writing business can be very slow indeed if you don’t measure up…and you can invest a lot of time and energy before you have that reality check. So while I’m not losing sight of this one, I’m not putting all my eggs in this basket.

Regardless of direction, the important thing is movement. That sounds counter-productive. Don’t I need to know the exact goal I’m working toward rather than seeing movement itself as a marker of success? But I believe I’ll define my direction as I progress. I don’t know if I can explain it clearly in words. But in my head, it makes perfect sense.

Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.  ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

So…a year of momentum. Got my dancing shoes on!


  • January 16, 2013, 3:58 am  Reply

    You go, girl!! Sounds like a lot of thought has gone into this posting and I enjoyed the fact that you already “planted the seeds” to show your inner self it can be done – way to go!! MJ

  • January 16, 2013, 4:41 am  Reply

    Good luck with whatever you undertake, Sheila. I’m sure you’ll be successful!

    • January 16, 2013, 10:35 am

      Well, if I am, most likely it will take the form of the “typical” overnight success…one that is many years in the making! But slow is not bad, and as I’m developing my “next” in the midst of a full life already, slow will be the way it has to be. Thanks for the vote of confidence! ~ Sheila

  • January 16, 2013, 9:48 am  Reply

    Join with others on the floor of course. But don’t forget the importance of creating ‘danceable music’ that others can share. Sometimes its best if you begin with a simple question: “How can I help others?” Because the answer to that can easily uncover the most ‘profitable’ way to help yourself.

    • January 16, 2013, 10:33 am

      Good advice! I believe in this way of living: giving back, reaching out. I’ve sometimes been on the receiving end of that, of course, and I know how important it is to keep the good of life moving. And it is critical to begin with the end in mind. Thanks for the thoughtful comment! ~ Sheila

  • January 16, 2013, 10:36 am  Reply

    Thank you MJ! I love your words of encouragement! I know you understand, from similar things I’ve read from you. It is fun to reinvent yourself, isn’t it?! ~ Sheila

  • January 16, 2013, 12:05 pm  Reply

    Momentum…moving forward…sounds like you’ve given a lot of thought to your “movement”… and to take those first steps are sometimes the hardest…Good Luck in whatever you finally see as your “place”…

    • January 16, 2013, 9:59 pm

      Thank you! I’m making it up as I go along…always an adventure! ~ Sheila

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