Word of the Year: Evolve

2 Jan

I’ve decided that my “Word of the Year” for 2013 is EVOLVE. Here’s what I mean, and how I plan to apply it to various aspects of my life.


In my mid- to late-twenties I feel like I’m still making the transition from “college girl” to “adult woman”. This year I want to focus on personal growth. I want to go to more museums and historical attractions, I want to grow my mind, expand my horizons, and challenge my beliefs. I want to procrastinate less, and do more. And I want to finally become the kind of woman who does the dishes right away and vacuums every week, but that may be a stretch.


2012 was a great year for me professionally, but I think that 2013 could be even better. I want to continue to become a better speaker. I want to make deeper networking connections and really get to know more people in my field – beyond the information on their business cards and LinkedIn profiles. I also hope that by some time in 2013 I’ll be in a place where I’ll be able to offer some expertise and advice to younger women hoping to work in social media. I’ve been very lucky in this aspect, and I owe a lot to some great women who have helped me this year.

Deb Ng took a shot on me and gave me my very first speaking gig at Blog World Expo last June. And I wouldn’t have made it through that first session without Lynette Young, who not only assured me that I could do it, but sat right up front and smiled at me through the whole thing. Then there’s Marcy Massura. I really don’t think I could find words that would do justice to how much she’s helped me this year. She is my mentor, my life coach, my role model, and my friend. And of course, the woman who encourages me more than anyone else in my professional life, my amazing boss, friend, and dog sitter, Carie Lewis. She believes in me, she lets me try my crazy ideas, and she encourages me to stretch myself.

Home and Style

Shall we end with something totally superficial? In 2013 I want to evolve my personal style, the way I dress myself and the way I dress my home. By my age, I feel like I should have a personal style, and in 2013 I want to figure out what that is and embrace it.

And for you?

Do you have a “Word of the Year” for 2013? What are some of your goals and hopes for the year? I’d love to hear them!

2 Responses to “Word of the Year: Evolve”

  1. Lauren Michelle January 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    I feel like I have somewhat of a personal style, but that it could definitely be more developed. I usually fall somewhere between feminine and comfortable but stylish. A lot of the time I feel like I have varying moods for how I want to dress, which makes me feel like I have a thousand styles I try to make my own.

    I really like your word “evolve.” I have several different words: peace, discipline, organization, and gumption. I may have to incorporate evolve in there as a sub-keyword. 😉
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