My 3 Words for 2017. Happy New Year!

My 3 Words for 2017. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s that time of the year again. Time to stake your claim. What will 2017 be for you? What do you have planned? How will this year be YOUR year?

I adopted a new tradition last year, borrowed from the infamous Chris Brogan:

Since 2006, I’ve been inviting people to shift how they approach their year and how they frame their goals and intentions. I created the “My 3 Words” exercise because most resolutions aren’t especially helpful. We decide something vague like “I’ve gotta get in shape” or “I’ve gotta quit smoking” or “I need to make more money” but while these are all great goals, they’re not really useful as ways to guide our activities throughout the year. I thought that maybe we could come up with something better, something more useful, something that would work within our thought process daily and not just for the first seven or eight days of the new year.

My 3 Words for 2015

My first attempt at this challenge was last year, right after my life-changing knee injury. Last year was a year of learning. Learning about myself, my family and my friends. Learning about what was really important in my life. And learning about me as an entrepreneur.

Here were my 3 words for 2016:

  1. Unapologetic
  2. Acknowledge
  3. Drive

I did great with #1, I came out of my shell and stayed genuinely me. I’m still battling with #2 as this year begins. I’m still suffering from the imposter syndrome, I’m a work in progress. I’ve begun to call myself an entrepreneur. As for #3, I did successfully recover from my surgery but I still have farther to go (in my mind). As for my business ventures, they changed like the tide. I’m still learning where I fit.

  1. New Year. New Goals.

Here are my 3 words for 2017:

  1. Hustle
  2. Speak
  3. Boss


It’s time for me to work smarter, not harder. I already work hard, hell I’ve been elevating my game for the past several years. But working harder without specificity or a target is just effort. I want results


I will become a speaker this year. Even if that means doing it for free. I need to develop my skill and learn the craft. I have a goal of becoming a keynote speaker within the next 3 years.


I will become the entrepreneur I know I can be. I will create my business, with me as the CEO. I am finally starting to understand what the market wants and what I can offer it. I’ve been rooting around for several years trying to get my voice heard, when instead,  I need to listen to what the tribe is asking for and give it to them.

What are your 3 words for 2017?

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I’ve never fit into a ‘box’

I’ve never fit into a ‘box’

I’ve always walked my own path. I’ve always taken the path less traveled.

Much of my life I started on a path paved in tradition, but then after walking that path for a short time I would realize… that it’s not for me… and I wanted more.

I graduated high school and my first major in college was Mechanical Engineering. I chose that career path because I was good at math. That choice lasted 2 years before I changed careers. I wanted something else.

I could feel the edges of the box I was in…

I then did a complete 180 degree turn. As a second-semester sophomore I completely changed careers and started over. It would take me an additional 4 years to graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Athletic Training.

I would go on to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) for more than a decade before realizing I wanted a new path. I wanted something more.

The edges of that new box were closing in on me…

Fate would introduce me to the profession of Nursing after a severe injury put me in a hospital bed. I would work at the bedside 8 years before the edges of the box closed in on me.

I moved on and advanced my career. I’m on year 4 of being an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. I’ve mentored countless Nurses both in person and online by sharing my knowledge and experience in the best way I know how. But I know I can do more.

… I’m feeling the edges of that box again….

I still have a burning desire to help others. I’m a motivator. I’m a health care professional. But I’m also an advocate for healthy living. I know all too well what it’s like to be in poor health.

I delivered that message through my world of fitness, but I know I can do more and reach more people.

It’s why I’ve started my online Health Coaching business. I KNOW I can help others adopt healthier lifestyles. In the short amount of time I’ve started my business I’m already helping numerous people!

Fitness is only part of optimal health. I’m ready to share my knowledge with others. I can’t seem to contain my excitement!

I know I can help you, or you know someone that could use my help. I hope you’ll reach out.

I want to help as many as possible find optimal health. We all deserve it. Some of us just have a difficult time finding it and need a little guidance, a little encouragement and a lot of love. I can be that compass.

How can I help you?

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What is Health to you?

What is Health to you?

If you had to measure your current Health on scale between 1-10, what would it be?

…. don’t answer that just yet.

Let’s (try to) define health first. It seems no one can come to an agreement on how to define Health. Not even the internet. According to various resources, Health takes on several definitions (in random order):


  • the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain
  • the general condition of the body <in poor health> <enjoys good health>
  • the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor
  • soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment
  • vigor; vitality

Then we have the World Health Organization definition:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Reference: Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.

The Definition has not been amended since 1948.


Ironically, it seems Wikipedia has a pretty solid definition (in my humble opinion):


In humans it is the ability of individuals [or communities] to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental or social changes.


Health is all things related to your state of being well. All things. Not just your physical condition, not just your mental sanity and not just your social satisfaction.

It’s all of those things. As a Health Coach, those three areas are what I consider the pillars of health. Everything that affects your health  (well-being) will fall into one of those areas of focus.

Being in “good health” or optimal health requires a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy social (socioeconomic) state.

And it’s a balancing act. You have to find a “healthy” balance between all three areas (yes… pun intended).

Wouldn’t you agree, when one of those areas is off-center, off-kilter, off-balance or not well your over-all health is affected?

It’s not enough to be in perfect physical condition if you’re constantly unhappy. And it’s true what they say, “Money cannot buy you happiness”. Especially if you have high blood pressure secondary to the unrelenting stresses of your high-paying job.

Would you consider yourself “healthy” (or well) if you had any of the following:

  • injury
  • degenerative joint damage secondary to morbid obesity
  • always angry
  • always afraid
  • unable to pay your bills
  • unable to participate in your hobbies

Do you think any of the above would make you feel content? Would you feel balanced?

Probably not.

Health is not only striving to prevent actions that cause you to be unwell, but Health is the ability to roll with the punches of life. To be able to take a hit. To fall and have the ability (and coping mechanisms) to pick yourself back up.

Most of us have a tough time finding that balance. Most of us need a little help.. I know I did. It took me a long time to admit that. I sought help from others constantly. It took me years to find my balance. But I finally learned what optimal Health was.

So I ask you again. What is Health to you?

Referring back to the mind, body and socioeconomic pillars. On a scale of 1-10 where do you see your health right now?

10 = “I’m exactly where I want to be”

1 = “I have a lot to work on”

What’s your number?

What’s keeping you from being a 10?

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