Focus Word for 2012 is Nurture - Interior and Design Photography by Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmMy plan was to have my focus word all picked out by January 1st and have a post ready, but it didn’t happen. The word hadn’t reached me yet. I really didn’t want to force it. So I waited for it to come organically, and it did.

Back in 2009, I stopped doing resolutions mostly because after doing them for years, they weren’t productive or motivational in anyway. I still skipped out on exercise, chucked all my routines out the window, poorly managed time, ate carbs with glee, overworked, didn’t get enough rest and relaxation…yadda…yadda…yadda.

But once I stumbled across the concept of picking a single focus or theme word, that made more sense to me. It brought some level of consistency across various aspects of my life. I could apply that single word across multiple levels and live more holistically.

2009 – Focus – In 2009, my focus word was ironically “focus”. I was transitioning from my past life and kept feeling pulled between both worlds. So I needed to prioritize and focus on making that transition to full-time freelancer and expat, and decide what it was I wanted to be spending my time on.

2010 – Discipline – Once I focused, things started happening. Work rolled in faster. Projects began to kick off, and so I decided what I really needed to do in 2010 was apply adequate discipline to all aspects of my life to keep the momentum going.

2011 – Growth –  By 2011, I’d begun to get a clearer view of where I was headed, what my passions were, and more importantly, what my purpose was. So last year was my year of personal growth. I fully settled into my life in Sweden, and grew it. I fully settled into my life as a freelancer, and grew my portfolio. I outgrew some old relationships and grew new ones. Outgrew some old schools-of-thought and embraced new ones.

In essence, 2011 added another notch of maturity and balance to my life.

My focus word for 2012 is…”Nurture”

2012 is the year I go that extra step in nurturing existing relationships -> with family, friends, editors, clients, business partners, my blog readers, my social network.

While I do try to keep a healthy online-offline, work-life-travel balance, I really want this year to be much more personal on many fronts.

2012 will be the year I continue nurturing my business and form more solid partnerships within the travel industry as well as beyond it. 2012 will be the year I continue nurturing those editors who’ve been wonderful to work with over the last few years. 2012 will be the year I nurture those creative projects and passions that have sat patiently by the wayside while I grew other aspects of my life. 2012 will be the year I nurture my time and resources, my family and friends.

And above all, 2012 will be the year I continue nurturing my spiritual life and the loves of my life.

Thanks to all of you for following my blog and looking forward to seeing what 2012 holds for us all.