And the word for 2020 is…

Empower:  “to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.”

As in empowering myself to step outside my comfort zone and step up to claim opportunities for myself in all areas of my life. 

Something as simple as asking for a different table for dinner on New Year’s Eve (we got a prime window seat!)

Pushing the claims adjuster to get the claim resolved fairly and quickly.

Returning an item that did not meet expectations.

Holding up the line an extra 60 seconds to get the 50% discount on the expensive item that the cashier missed (even though the customer behind me was complaining loudly).

Having that difficult, long overdue conversation with a coworker because I’m tired of her crap.

**Setting boundaries and learning to say “no” without feeling guilty.

**Putting myself out there to generate more teaching and tech editing opportunities for my biz (a/k/a marketing).

These (**) are the two biggies. My other two potential words of the year were “intentional” and “discipline.” I’m going to need both of those to help “empower” myself to accomplish these two items.