For the past few years, I’ve chosen a word of the year – a word that (I hope!) embodies the mindset that I’d like to have going into the new year. It’s just a way for me to think about what I’d like my year to look like, and what word sums that up. For 2024, that word is GROWTH.
I’ve mentioned a few times now that 2023 was kind of a rough year for me! There were obviously bright spots too, but overall, there was just a lot going on behind the scenes that made the year feel difficult to me. A lot of the time, I just felt stuck – it felt like to matter what I was doing, it was really hard to make progress and move forward. It kind of felt like I was a hamster on a wheel – a lot of activity, but no forward motion.
So I want to shift the way I think about that for 2024. I want to think about 2023 as a year of building a strong foundation – of setting myself up for success. And then I want to use that foundation as a springboard for growth for 2024. I want to feel like I’ve made progress in my life in the next year – to feel like I’m changing, and growing.
Part of that is growth here – I feel like I had a great 2022 in terms of growing my blog and Instagram as a creator, but 2023 felt a little more stagnant. I don’t want to be complacent here – I want to grow! It’s not just about growing my reach (though I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t part of it) – it’s also about growing in terms of the topics and content that I’m sharing. I want to make sure I’m sharing things that people find useful, and that people are interested in reading.
But to me, growth is more than about numbers of readers here or followers on Instagram. It’s about pushing myself a little bit outside of my comfort zone, and taking initiative in all aspects of my life. I joined a few book clubs in 2023 (both virtual and in person), and they were such a bright spot in my year – and also outside of my normal comfort zone, as I’m not a huge “joiner.”
So I want more of that in 2024. I want personal and professional growth, and to push myself a little bit in all areas of my life. I want to remember that I have to push myself a little bit to see growth – that I can’t just wait for things to happen to me; that I have to take the initiative and make them happen.