2016 is history. Not the best year, not the worst year. It was a year of change, strong opinions and shock. From mass shootings to celebrity deaths to the election of Trump, it was a year we will all be talking about and trying to understand for decades to come.
It was also the year that I established myself in the Pacific Northwest. It was the year I became a two car owner, a year in which I established my style and a year in which I learned about myself. While I do not have a lot to brag about in terms of accomplishments, I can say I rode the tide, survived the year, and learned what is important to me.
As I look back on 2016 and dream about 2017 will bring me, I am filled with a bit of anxiety, hope, and inspiration. Like a blank page in an artist’s sketchbook, the new year is a blank slate waiting to be filled with memories, transactions, people, ideas, and dreams. It is more inspiring than anything.
Back in 2006, Chris Brogan began publishing 3 words to represent and guide him throughout the year. This tradition is ten years old in 2016. The idea, as described by Mr. Brogan:
Pick any three words that will guide you in the choices you intend to make for 2016. They should be words that let you challenge yourself as to motives and decisions. They should be words that help you guide your actions.-Chris Brogan
So, without further ado, here are my three words: Connect, Learn, Build
Connect – connect is about connecting with the community around me, the people, the places, the events, and the technology. Throughout 2017, I will be looking for opportunities to connect with everything around me.
Learn – While we are required to spend roughly 18 years in school before we are ready to participate in the world, the truth is life is one big school and you should never stop learning. I am eleven years into a career in Analytics and I realize how fast technology changes. I need to stay current on the tools. I also want to set the foundation for grad school, so I have some studying to do for the GRE.
Build – This word has a few meanings to me. First, I want to spend more time doing things with my hands, away from computer and not reliant upon technology. From a hydroponics system to arts and crafts, I want to build. Second, build represents establishing a foundation for the latter half of my life. I see myself undergoing a lot of personal change and 2017 is the year the foundation is built for that change.
What are you three words? What’s your focus on 2017?