“Structure”

Setting an Intentional Word to Represent the Coming Year
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Each year, as I look back and prepare to turn the page, I choose a word which I believe will define the next.  In 2013, my word was “connect,” 2014 was “go,” and 2015 was “intentional.”  These words were intentions that powerfully became a complete representation of the year.  It’s amazing the power words have.  Now in my fourth year, choosing a word of the year is one of my favorite ways to begin again.

This year, I had my word well before the clock struck midnight.  I thought for sure 2016 was going to be the year of “endurance” or “fortitude.”  But when I began the process of going through “The List” (an exercise I never skip when selecting my word of the year), a different word caught my attention: “structure.”

By definition, “structure” means: “the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex.”  As a verb, it means “to arrange according to a plan; give a pattern or organization to.”  So when I look at 2016 plans, “structure” could not be more perfect.  As WOM has grown, putting structure, policies, and all of the (boring) back-end procedures in place has completely been ignored.  But I recognize that it’s the foundation—boring or not—that will make WOM successful for years to come.  It will be structure that allows the business to continue to grow, and “to give a pattern or organization to.”  

Also, WOM has added many new team members recently, and will continue to do so in 2016.  While it’s exciting to have a growing team, it’s also very tricky, and it takes a skill set to manage and lead that I’m still honing.  But I’ve learned that it’s the people—the ones making up the blueprint of your organization—who will ultimately make you sink or soar.  So focusing on “the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something as complex” as people will be my number one focus this year. 

So there you have it friends; 2016 is looking a lot more structured.  And like last year, we’ve partnered with Jenn Gietzen of Write On! Design to hand-paint your chosen word (or words) in either watercolor or metallic ink and offer them for sale in the Shop for a limited time only.  I’m collecting my words, framing each one, and hanging them in my office.  I can’t wait until the day I have a wall of words…how powerful will that be?!  Truly, MKR

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  • This is such a wonderful way to kick off a new year! I couldn’t agree more with you: a great structure is what keeps any business running, and any entrepreneur sane. I can’t wait to see your wall of words once it’s done!

  • My word for the year is growth. I’m realizing the importance of growing and maintaining my blog and brand in order to get to where I want to go. Although, I could use a little more structure, too. Cheers to 2016! I’m excited to keep following along with all you’re doing 🙂

  • Love the idea of using one word to start the new year. I’m not sure what mine would be, but something that has to do with slowing down a bit. Maybe ‘Present’ – I’ve loved watching the site grow and can’t wait to see what happens this year for you!

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 01.06.2016

    Thank you darling!! It means so much to have you in my corner and I think present would be a great word. Cheers to a fantastic 2016! xo MKR

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 01.06.2016

    Such a great word! That was one of my photographers words as well! Cheers to 2016!! xo

  • Mandy Kellogg Rye / 01.06.2016

    Thanks for the supportive words Ivana! Have you chosen a word for the new year? xo MKR

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