This past weekend, my friends and I were discussing about people asking us if we have a word for the new year. Looking back, I don’t think I ever had a word for the year, but I know I’ve used a “phrase of the year” to keep me focused.
In the past, I’ve created a yearly album on Facebook, titled it with my “phrase of the year” and would upload photos when I had time. I think I set new years resolutions in the past, like early college years past, but stopped setting them. Not that I don’t believe in them, but making new years resolutions doesn’t work for me. I’d rather focus on how I want to live my life for the next 365 days. That’s why a phrase I choose for the new year works for me over a word. That way, I have room for flexibility for any changes (which we all know can be instantaneous), but still stay focused. At least that’s how I see life and prefer to approach it.
To end my first week of blogging in 2019, I wanted to do something fun. So today, I’m going to share my past phrases and my new one for 2019 with you!
Here are my previous phrases of the year:
2015: Living Life at the Next Level
2016: Progress Over Perfection
2017: Screw it, Do It and Let’s Have Some Fun!
2018: This is the #DiamondLife!
Here’s my 2019 phrase:
2019: Heart, Hustle and Hard Work
This year’s phrase was taken straight from my vision for She Sweats Diamonds.
Anything I’m doing, I want to do it from the heart. Personally, I want to be there for people by sharing my heart with them. Whether it’s the passionate side of my heart to improve my style, knowledge of beauty or my health or the compassionate side of me to give back by loving people, I want to do it with my whole heart.
Professionally, every blog post, Instagram photo I create and brand collaboration I’m a part of, I want it all to come straight from my heart and soul. When you see a campaign, it’s my goal that you would know right away that what brand I’m sharing is truly something that genuinely speaks to my soul.
With James 4:14 constantly at the forefront of my mind for the last five years, I want to make the most of my time. My desire is to hustle and do the most I possibly can with the life I’ve been blessed with.
And throughout 2019, I want to remind myself to work like The Rock: Be the Hardest Worker in the Room by working smarter.
While heart, hustle and hard work is my 2019 mantra, I’m also aware that I can’t do it alone.
If you’re like me and have a hard time letting people help you, learn to let that part of you go. Let people help you with your goals. No one can go through life alone much less succeed all by themselves. It’s okay to walk with others because we all aim for the same thing: crossing our goals’ finish line.
Lastly, remember to have fun with the process. And never lose faith – in yourself, your abilities, your impact, future and purpose.
I look forward to taking you on a journey of the new year full of opportunities with heart, hustle and hard work!
What do you have planned for 2019?