At the moment I’m writing an article aimed at teenage girls about life, life lessons and confidence. Working with young women to see their value earlier in life is something that I’ve touched on here before. I used to think it was going to be an eBook. That didn’t happen as I found the task overwhelming. It turns out that it’s still on the universe’s radar for me because it just showed up. An opportunity introduced by a friend to a friend of a friend.

It has me thinking about what I’d say to myself when I was a teen and what I want to say to the girls now. Lives lived on-line in a way this grown up blogger can only get a taste for understanding. I’ve written enough text for maybe three or four articles and I wonder now if maybe I was holding back. The ideas keep coming and they are showing up around my theme for the year.

My theme for the year is make yourself proud and I feel like I could stamp it on every single post. Want to run further, do it and make yourself proud. Living life and smiling and make yourself proud. Trust your instincts that you are perfect just as you are. Trust you are smart, talented and beautiful in a way that is completely unique to you. Make yourself proud.

That’s the thing about giving your year a theme, it shows up. For years now I’ve been living my life in a way that at very least checks in with those around me for what they think is best. I’m a big believer in taking advice from those who have gone before you and not reinventing the wheel. But I’d come to rely on that. Rely on their opinion matching mine, rely on having their support.

This year my aim is to be respectful but autonomous, independent and all about me. Me, me, me. It’s important to have a focus, I think. To have an aim for the year and to make plans. Sometimes I wish I’d chosen dirty rich as my motto but there’s always next year. Haha. I asked on Instagram, now I’m asking you;

Do you have a theme, a motto or a word for 2013? And how’s  that going for you?

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