Choosing one word for 2014: What’s your word?

Last month, I read about blogger Alece Ronzino’s approach to New Year’s Resolutions: instead of making long lists of goals, choose just one word for the entire year, and use that one word as a focus to guide everything you do for the next 365 days. On her blog, separate to the #OneWord365 project that she set up six years ago (and that I linked to above), she talks a little more about it. So I’ve been wondering: if I had to choose just one word to focus on for 2014, one word to guide my thoughts, actions and decisions in 2014, what would it be?

 (Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy. I guess ‘travel’ was the word summing up my 2013.)

Admittedly, I’m late to the party – it is now mid-February, after all – but I think I’ve now got it… or at least, I’ve now managed to come up with a word that I’m hoping will serve as a good guide for me in 2014.  Continue reading

Getting things done: How tiny, daily habits build up (or: what I learned from my January mini-resolution)


So, we’re one month into the New Year (and if you observe Chinese New Year like I do, we’re also right at the beginning of another New Year), and this means it’s probably a good time to reflect on one’s New Year’s Resolutions so far. Or, in my case, mini-resolutions so far. And, of course, if we’ve learned anything from them. Continue reading

On New Year’s Resolutions (or: what I learned about how to get what you want)

For the past few days I’ve been thinking about the whole topic of New Year’s Resolutions after reading Jeff Goins’s blog post on the topic (entitled ‘Why You Shouldn’t Bother With Resolutions This Year’ – it’s a blog aimed at writers, but the post is worth a read as it can apply to any resolution one might make), where he argues that one should focus on something far better than simply making resolutions: having resolve.

IMG_8735 (Rome, Italy. One place we’d always wanted to visit, and finally got to in 2013.)

New Year’s Resolutions have almost become a bit of a running joke: no sooner does anyone make one (whether it’s to get fit, lose weight, start a business, drink less, eat more healthily, write a book, give up smoking), you know that many people will – and probably already have – failed theirs just a few days into the new year itself. Is there any point to making any? Why do we bother? Should we bother?  Continue reading