Word of the year: Determined

word of the year: determinedIt’s the start of a new year which means newness in a lot of areas for me and you. And at the beginning of the past couple of years I pick a word to help carry me through the year. I try to let it be the thread that I can see making a large impact in more than one area. After a lot of thinking I have decided on something. Determined will be my word. In 2018, it was breakthrough.

In 2018, I made a breakthrough about midway through the year. It took me a while to find the balance and peace within myself that I needed. Once I got there, I found clarity in many different areas of my life. Am I perfect? No, but I am still on the path that allows me to see myself and others in a different way.

The goal is to build on that breakthrough to make 2019 even better. I am determined for so many reasons.

A look at how I will apply my word of the year in 2019.

Determined financially

determined financiallyI am at a point where I am thinking about the next phase of my life. I do not want to have to work forever. Or better yet, I want to have more freedom to do the things I am most passionate about on a full time basis.

This year I am determined to be intentional about how I spend and save money. I tried the 52 week challenge in 2018. Well, I started it but I kept dipping into my account. In 2019, I have decided to put a set amount of money into my savings account biweekly. I also have taken on a small part time opportunity where I will take a set amount of money from that to add to my savings account. The rest will go to paying off bills or paying ahead on others. This will put about $1,200 in my savings account.

There are a few other financial aspects I will put into play in 2019. I will pay off my credit card and settle some old debt.

These are big but not lofty.

Determined to be 100% committed to competition prep

Ab wheel exercises for the coreCompetition prep is a beast. I am determined to give it 100% this year.

I am committed each prep but I usually have a treat here and there or I don’t drink all the water that I am suppose to drink. I will be the gallon of water or more a day drinker and all those little treats will be gone.

Once I found the breakthrough in 2018, it hit me that I should have been there all along. In 2019, I plan on leaving no stone unturned. When we pull the lever I am all in with the goal of finishing at the top more confident than when I ended the 2018 season in Atlanta.

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Determined I can be more confident

posing before prejudging in AtlantaOne of the things that I have lacked on stage is confidence. It is something I worked on a lot but it didn’t really sit well until the end of the season.

My goal is to pick up where I left off and exceed it.

It first takes my mind being in the right place and surrounding myself with those that are also on a path to success. It doesn’t have to be in the world of bodybuilding. However, it does have to be trying to improve themselves in whatever area that might be for that person.

Do you surround yourself with like minded people or those that will push you to reach your goals? That is what I am after in 2019. I keep my circle small and might have to reevaluate it in 2019, but I am determined to bring my best self forward in life and on the stage.

What is your word for the year? 

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