Jobe’s WotY 2019: Grind

Exploring my chosen word, did you know that Nike Grind uses recycled materials, Girls Who Grind Coffee has a super cool online store, Startup Grind is for entrepreneurs, Grinds coffee company makes a caffeinated tobacco chew alternative,  Grind D&D designs websites and apps, 4 of 6 color options for Skullcandy’s Grind Wireless Headphones are sold out, and Find Your Grind is all about exploring your passion to discover your ideal career? Just a slim few of the “grinds” all over the internet.

NOW! Have you picked your word yet? No? THAT’S OK, here’s some help!!!

Susannah Conway has made her Find Your Word 2019 workbook available, so be sure to check that out. She’s fantastic. The Goal Chaser gives some pointers on how to pick a word and a list of 300+ potentials.

Wanna see who else is talking about WotY? Check out: Joanne Fink, Shalagh Hogan, Christy Tending, Marilyn Bousquin, and Jane. Brené Brown chose a WotY last year, wonder what her new pick will be!

Once you’ve decided, commit to your choice:
My One Word #myoneword
One Word 365 #oneword365

And just a reminder, anyone can take the One Hundred Happy Days #100happydays challenge starting any day you choose.

Much Love,


December 2018

December has arrived. How did your Nanowrimo go? How many books did you read this year? How did your word of the year go? Have you thought about what to select for your next one? The last month of the year is all about reflection, summary, arranging the narrative in a way that makes sense. And thinking about goals for the year to come. What do you want to accomplish in 2019? How did your goals for 2018 go, what were your roadblocks, what were things that worked well?

I didn’t win Nano this year, and I have mixed feelings about it. I’m glad for the writing I accomplished and disappointed in myself that I didn’t work harder to meet my goal. I’ve completed 25 books as of now and may finish a few more because I can sometimes listen to audiobooks at work. I think despite all the ups and downs inherent in a year, my word (phrase) of the year “get up and go” went pretty well. I’ve been thinking about selections for the upcoming but I’m not quite ready to share.

My writing has been through good and bad patches. Journalling seems to be what I’m drawn to most naturally so I’ve tried to accomodate that natural instinct. I’ve met with my awesome writing group countless times to great effect, and attended several write-ins that were great for productivity as well as morale. I kept teaching writing classes and feel good about that. My reading has been slow this year, as intended, to give myself a break from the previous year’s supersonic speeds.

Exercise comes and goes. I get into a great groove and then it falls apart, and I don’t realize until long after I’ve stopped. Then at some point I start again. I’m not sure how to fix this. My cleaning is at an all-time high for the year, following my family’s visit for Thanksgiving, and my laundry is at an all-time low. I’m certain I’ve increased the number of rainbows in The House of Rainbows. I hope your year has treated you kindly, and you have accomplishments you can feel good about.

Much Love,

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