I have written before how much I love the writing style of Seth Godin. My second favorite male blog writer of the moment is Chris Brogan. He primarily writes about social media and building communities. Whether social media is “your thing” or not, I think that you will enjoy his writing. I’m a little biased, but I think that moms form the heart of communities. As such, it is important for us to know how to connect with others in the most effective ways possible. It really doesn’t matter if it is an online or offline community…
As great as he is, Chris Brogan is not my favorite find. Rather, it’s the “3 words” concept that I was introduced to by reading two of his blog posts: Wiring Yourself for Success, and My 3 Words for 2010. Basically, it is an exercise where “the object is to come up with three words that you use as compass points for your efforts over the year to come. They’re not resolutions. They’re ways of framing what you plan to do in the coming year.”
The concept sounds easy, right? As someone who loves writing lists (and lists of lists) it was hard for me. I kept switching my words. After looking through all of the family hopes for 2010, I was finally able to narrow it down. My three words for 2010 are: angel, connection and mindfulness.
-When I say angel, of course I don’t mean a celestial being. Rather, I mean a kind, loving, selfless person. That extends to every area of my life – from church to home to work. This year, I plan on looking for opportunities to help others that are out of my comfort zone.
–Connection and mindfulness are intertwined in my mind. This year promises to be full. I don’t want the busy nature of life to drawn out the essence of who I am. By nature, I am a connector. I love to connect with people and I love connecting people with information and with each other. (The reason that I even started Mom in the City almost 5 years ago was that I was feeling disconnected from other city moms.) Personal relationships are very important to me so I want to focus on maintaining healthy ones and nurturing new ones – both in my personal life and my business life. Most of all, I want to make sure that my top three relationships (God, my husband and my kids) remain the top priority in my life…no matter what. In order to make that happen, I must be mindful.