January 6th, 2014

My Three Words for 2014

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Groovy Green Livin My Three Words

I was inspired a few years ago by Chris Brogan to come up with three words for the year ahead. This is NOT a list of New Year’s Resolutions. The commitment to lose 5 pounds or the intention to cut out sugar-that’s not what I’m talking about. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not big on resolutions.  While they’re generally well -intentioned, I usually try them out for a few days or even weeks and then I’m right back where I started.

For all of us, January resolutions roll in just as the holiday season rolls out.  After a wonderful two week vacation with my family the last thing I need to do is create any extra burdens. Waking up after sleeping in for many days is challenging enough. That’s my resolution: to wake up every morning on time. This morning didn’t go very well.

In place of a resolution I’m going to stick with something that has proven inspirational rather than daunting. Chris Brogan came up with the brilliant suggestion to forgo the idea of a resolution, and instead, come up with 3 words that will help define your goals and experiences for the coming year.

I took Chris’s advice and chose words that “….mean something to you. Who cares if others don’t get it?”



Working from home can cause the lines between family time and work time to blend and overlap. Towards the end of 2013 I worked hard to stop working when my kids came home from school and really be present for them. My intention to create clear boundaries for 2014 continues. My oldest turned 13 this year and I’m realizing that he’s only home for a few more years before heading off to college. When my kids come home from school my mom hat is back on.


As much as I love social media and spend a good chunk of my day on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Google + it’s really a huge time suck. I’m working towards creating a better system for managing my social media and spending more time writing and working with my clients. I have about 100 plus posts in draft form for my blog and about 50 others for sites I write for. I also have a book draft that needs my attention. Managing my time is imperative if any of this is going to happen.


I’ve seen over the past few years how together we truly can make a difference. The power of our collective voices is unstoppable and together we can make change happen. We’ve seen how it’s possible to sway some of the largest consumer product companies. I have no doubt that in 2014 we will see much more of the same.  I’ll be focusing on how we can do this together. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller

AND NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: What are your three words?

I would love to know what you want to focus on in 2014.  Feel free to leave a comment here with your three words or write your very own post.

Happy New Year!

My three words in 2012: honesty, present, learn

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16 Responses to “My Three Words for 2014”

  1. Love this idea! I’m going to do some thinking about what my 3 words are. Boundaries is a very good one – I can relate!
    Micaela @MindfulMomma recently posted..How to Make Etched Wooden SpoonsMy Profile

  2. I love this!!! You’ve inspired me to think about this as well — what would my three words be…?

    It’s true, social media can be a total time suck. It’s important to get ourselves out there, but better to focus on high quality writing. Here’s to 2014!
    Lindsay recently posted..FDA takes on antibiotics and triclosanMy Profile

  3. Lori, I love your choices & the reasons behind them. I am still thinking of my three words for 2014 but know one will be similar to WRITE. Can’t wait to hear the progress you are making! Happy New Year.
    Sara Vartanian recently posted..One Minute Eco Tip: Setting Green Living GoalsMy Profile

  4. Great! Write, friends and OUT. Working from home can be isolating so I really want to connect with my friends and get the hell outta this house. Cheers!
    Lynn Hasselberger recently posted..Running from Crazy: Mariel Hemingway (and me).My Profile

  5. I love all of your three words…once I too want to try to use them to define my own goals and experience in 2014, thanks Lori, for helping make it clear for me too..Heres to the creating the last one “together”..!

  6. I need more work on boundaries myself. This is a great concept…I have never been good with resolutions!
    diane recently posted..How to Teach Teens About Going Green! #TurnItGreenMy Profile

  7. I’m not great with them either Diane. Choosing three words felt much more manageable! Happy New Year.

  8. Does this count–plant more plants? Just kidding. I should create more boundaries with my garden.
    Anna@Green Talk recently posted..Fragrant Roses. In search of the smell.My Profile

  9. Of course that counts Anna! I wish I could garden half as well as you.

  10. Thanks Harriet. Wishing you a wonderful 2014. We need to see each other more often!

  11. I LOVE your three words Lynn. I hear you-working from home certainly has pros and cons. Time to make some lunch/dinner dates! Wish I lived closer.

  12. Thanks Lindsay! What would your three words be? Looking forward to 2014 and doing some incredible things TOGETHER!

  13. Happy 2014!
    I love having to narrow down my goals for 2014 to three words. I often feel like I have so many things to accomplish–at the same time. I completely empathize with you regarding the time-consuming nature of social media, although it has been helpful and rewarding as well. My most important three words for 2014 would have to be Growth, Green, Giving. Growth covers my blogging and business goals. Green covers my ongoing green living efforts. And Giving relates to my desire to devote more time and energy to giving back and doing good. Thanks for the opportunity to focus on what matters. All the best, Deb
    Deborah Davis recently posted..A New Year, A New You: 25 Green Resolutions for the New Year, Part 1My Profile

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