My Word for 2017

If you have read my blog for a while, you know that, in addition to creating goals each year, I also determine my three focus words for each year. My words for 2016 were authentic, focus and mercy.

My Word for 2017

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For 2017, I have decided to do things a little differently and focus on just one word:


2017 is going to be a year of getting out of my comfort zone. It is going to be a year of growth and movement and stretching for me. I don’t know exactly what this will look like in the coming year but I am excited about the possibilities (and a little nervous)!

How about you? Do you come up with a focus word each year? Are you starting the practice for the first time? What are your words? Do share in the comments!


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Why I am Not Making Yearly Goals Anymore (And What I am Doing Instead)

Happy New Year! I had a wonderful couple of weeks of rest, family time and extra writing time! How about you? How was your Christmas and New Year’s? Good, I hope. Now, I am all geared up and ready to get going again with lots of projects and working on my goals. However, I’m not making goals this year and here’s why:

Several years ago, I switched from making “resolutions” to making “goals.” It was more of a mindset and perspective but it made a difference for me. I made those goals specific and measurable and I made great strides in accomplishing my goals.

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Image by condesign (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Nevertheless, I sometimes got overwhelmed looking at the whole year and everything I want to do. (Anyone else?) Last year in 2016, especially, was a challenge for me. I struggled physically, emotionally, and felt like failure when I feel behind in my goals/plans. Some goals, like the making videos, were dropped altogether.  By October, I knew I needed to make a change but felt stuck or trapped.

That is why I decided to stop making yearly goals, and instead, I am made an outline. As writers, we often read or hear about the importance of using outlines to guide us in our writing endeavors. Thus, I sat down and wrote a broad outline of the goals I want to accomplish for 2017 and as the year progresses, I will fill in the gaps monthly and quarterly.

For example: My over-reaching goal for 2017 is to grow my authorpreneur business here at One way I want to do this is by writing books and creating training programs. However, instead of focusing on the whole year and declaring that “I will write one book a week” and/or that “I will create 6 training programs this year;” I am going to break my goals down even further.

How does this look like?

Using the writing goal, I  made an outline of how many books I want to write each month for January, February, and March. Then, before the beginning of each month, I will fill in the outline with the details for the first book I want to write. Then, at the end of each quarter I will re-evaluate and see if my goal is realistic or needs tweaking.

For January, I want to create a planner and one short grammar guide. Thus, I took some time during the week between Christmas and New Year’s to fill in the blanks: Creating a working title, scheduling writing time, and outlining the book itself.

I am really excited about this plan and I can’t wait to see what the New Year will bring. I am ready to take better control and be more intentional with my life and business! How about you? What are your plans for the New Year? What are you doing to take control and make 2017 your best year yet? Do share!

P.S. I won’t bug you will posts every month and/or quarterly with updates, so don’t worry. 🙂


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Book Review: The Power of Broke

The Power of Broke by Daymond John

From Book Description

“Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. With no funding and a $40 budget, Daymond had to come up with out-of-the box ways to promote his products. Luckily, desperation breeds innovation, and so he hatched an idea for a creative campaign that eventually launched the FUBU brand into a $6 billion dollar global phenomenon.  But it might not have happened if he hadn’t started out broke – with nothing but a heart full of hope and a ferocious drive to succeed by any means possible.”

My Comments

The Power of Broke is not your average business or entrepreneurial book. It is not a how-to book and it is not a step-by-step guide to growing your business. It is so much more. In a nutshell, John shows the reader how to use her so-called disadvantages to her advantage. According to Daymond John, if you are starting a business with no money, no resources, or dealing with other blocks, you can overcome them with some creativity and a lot of “hunger.” I hate to use the cliché, but if “you have the will, there is always a way.”

One of the best parts of the book is the very fact that John speaks from personal experience. Now, I have to admit, I’ve never seen Shark Tank but I did know that he was one of the stars on the show. Therefore, going into this book, I didn’t know what to expect. What I found was someone who is inspiring and amazing!

I was captivated by his story. Daymond John grew up with a single mother who sacrificed so much for him and who did everything she can to make sure he stayed in the right path. Money was tight but she helped him to think big and to live big. He used that inspiration and started a clothing business using only his creativity, drive and talent. And through this book, he shows the reader how to use her own creativity, drive and talent to start and grow her own business.

But, he doesn’t just use his own stories. Each chapter highlights the story of someone who has used “the power of broke” to his or her advantage to grow a business. He tells the story of Gigi’s cupcakes, Jay Abraham, Kevin Plank, Mark Burnett and others. John tells their stories and then relates them to us and how we can use their insights for our own business.

The book is inspiring and deeply motivating. It is truly one of those books that have you on fire by the time you finish it. I finished the book feeling like I can conquer the world! Of course, the important part is actually putting the concepts into action and I know I will be going back to this book over and over again.

I definitely recommend The Power of Broke and give it four (4) stars.


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