Thursday, January 24, 2013

{HOPE} MY goals, MY one word & MY mission

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Verb :: want something to happen or be the case.

 noun :: expectation - trust - promise
 verb :: trust - expect - anticipate

:: the feeling that what is wanted can be had.
:: to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
:: to believe, desire or trust. 


  I am a little behind on sharing my GOALS for 2013. Major surgery will do that. ;) But nevertheless, I am a H-U-G-E advocate of creating, making & holding yourself to a list. Ya know THE list of goals you make for yourself. The list you make for your business. I love lists. I love goals. I love *trying* to challenge myself every year to 'beat' the list. lol

Last year was about 'rolling with it' in my business. The major point being to NOT freak about the list - to let things go. Be more flexible. I think I did pretty good. I definitely had alot of things I needed to just 'keep rollin with' and that were out of my control and yet here I am.

This year's list is a little different. I am switchin it up on ya. Also I am incorporating my ONE WORD for 2013 again into it all as well. Last year my word was BUILD. I took that word and I feel successful with what I BUILT - relationships, this biz, the design shop, the blog, a new team & much more. Now time to enter the word for this year: HOPE.
scabble tiles spelling hope
image via Trust In the Lord

If you follow my blog, you all probably know I have already been using HOPE as my word through my personal journey & my recent surgery & I just LOVE IT! It brings me great comfort + it is a REALLY great word for business, life & pretty much anything as it has so much POSITIVE backing it up! ;)

Just take a look:

:: "HOPE is a waking DREAM." ~ Aristotle

:: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without HOPE and confidence." ~ Helen Keller

:: "Don't lose HOPE. You never know what tomorrow may bring"

Noun :: a feeling of expectation & desire for a certain thing to happen
I do expect this for my business. I am claiming this for my business and my life. The HOPE that makes me smile. The HOPE that sees the good. My HOPE. 

Verb :: want something to happen or be the case.
I WANT this for my business. I have that feeling of expectation for certain things to happen. For things that I built last year, to come together & bear fruit this year for me. I HOPE this happens. 

 noun :: expectation - trust - promise
 verb :: trust - expect - anticipate
I love that the words 'trust' & 'promise' are synonyms because how FAB is that rockstar line-up? HOPE - TRUST - PROMISE {giddy on this one}  

Anticipate . . . having HOPE is so much like Christmas morning. You expect it every year, you anticipate it's coming & you HOPE Santa brings you goodies. ;)

:: the feeling that what is wanted can be had.
:: to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
:: to believe, desire or trust. 

I do have the feeling that what I want this year can be had & so so sooooo look forward to it. I BELIEVE it is possible partnered up with my HOPE. :)


I am not sharing my list this year as I am not sure you all really care so much about the specifics as I am assuming it's more about the reasoning as I am sharing here today.

One thing I will share with you on the list, is the HOPE mission I am doing. It's about looking past ourselves, reaching out to others - it's something we all "think" we do but it doesn't happen that much (unfortunately). Honestly . . . we NEED to stop & take the time! . . . we need to give people some HOPE. I guarantee you right now, people you personally know - ya know the ones you think are ok & their life is so great? They are more than likely dealing with something every day that you may not know about. Some people are just trying to make it through the day. We all NEED to know someone cares!

The last few months have been a real eye-opener for me personally. I was on this journey, and I didn't know how it would end and I was surprised by how some people reacted to it all, how some people were never there for me & then how some came out of nowhere & made themselves available to me. Going through something life & death will show you who really cares. It changed me. It opened my eyes. Some days it was VERY lonely for me & I HOPE no one ever has to feel like that.

So this is my mission for the NEW YEAR . . . MY year of HOPE!  
Connecting with people & offering a bright spot in their day. A lil' HOPE. It's simple, really. I am starting out slooooooow, so I can make it into a habit. My goal is to reach out to just ONE person a week. I want to give back. Make myself available - to let them know I am thinking of them by sending a quick email, text or tweet. Give back by taking a moment to invest in people. Maybe I send something in the mail. Maybe I pick up the phone & have a conversation with them. Maybe I leave a blog comment or like a status on FB at the very least. Every week, every day, will be different. But my goal is by the end of the year (hopefully way sooner) I can check in, reach out to someone EVERY day & offer some HOPE. I want to give someone the same HOPE I was given. The same HOPE I have. :)

I believe, we as women, need to be there for each other & take a minute to check in with each other,  . . . to invest in other people. That moment we take, that minute we give to them, may mean the world to someone else. It may make all the difference in someone's day. That one minute could be all they get from anyone, all day. People assume that others are being taken care of, they have lots of friends looking out for them or someone else is tending to them. What if you assume wrong? What if they don't? Maybe you think that person is strong - she can handle anything! What if she can't? Maybe all they need is ONE person to give them HOPE for the day. All of us need HOPE. We all struggle every day. Our struggles may be huge one day & small the next but they are all our struggles.

Let's assume that we are all anyone has. Does that make sense? Why don't we make ourselves the one little slice of 'HOPE' for others. Make your concern known. Make a hello matter. Make an email count. YOU put that smile on someone else's face. Do it. Do NOT assume someone else is beating you to it. Don't assume people take the time. Don't assume people are ok. Let's get out there and make people see the HOPE. Give them something to hold onto. Let them see the HOPE in people, in you, in the everyday.

We can choose to do nothing & hope someone else will do it. 
Or you can join me in wanting to make a difference in someone's day. To let someone know they matter. What will YOU do? Did this post matter to you? Did it give YOU hope? Will you let me know? Leave a comment & let me know what you will do or if you have HOPE.

I have always said "it's the little things" that make a difference to someone. 
. . . one little minute . . . taking the time to think about someone else . . . 
And did I mention it feels so good to make someone's day?! ;)   I HOPE we can make a difference - in other people's lives, in our businesses, at home, in relationships . . . we CAN have everything with HOPE!

I can't change the world but I CAN change what I do. So watch me. I am only one person. But I am mighty with my HOPE. ;)



  1. Ok not sure why my comment is not here from last night, but your words are inspiring...HOPE - shouldn't we all have it? It only takes 1 person to start a movement - this year the movement is HOPE! Passing it on! XO

    1. Amen girl! Glad to hear you are joining me in rockin the HOPE! ;)


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