Ahh 2012 is *finally* upon us. I don’t know what it is about this year that makes it sound really important..maybe it’s all the ‘world-is coming to an end’ hype but I have a feeling this year is going to be huge. And the feeling that I’m getting from around the web is the same. Everyone is ready to make 2012 their year.

I decided to get in on the three words, inspired by reading Chris Brogan’s post. Normally, I think about these and kind of do it in my head but never really fully commit to it and put it out there but in the spirit of this year being epic/different/huge I’m getting in on it.


let go and let creativity flow

I want to focus this year on creating more and consuming less. Reading blogs, tweets is great but I find it also stops me from creating. I’m too busy watching what others are doing and start second guessing what I’m going to do and then never actually end up doing. Sound familiar?

I spent a large part of the holidays with my sister and her family this year and my 5 year old niece is big on arts and crafts. So every day we had ‘Arts and Crafts’ time where we glitter-glued and made snowflakes, snowmen and just immersed ourselves in creating. I loved it.

baking time with my niece

It reconnected me with that part of me that could just look at a blank piece of paper and do something with it-perfect or not. It reminded me of my childhood where my sister, my cousins and I would play in my parents basement for hours on end and make up games like restaurant,  library (with library cards!), store (it even had a name ‘Unique Boutique’), shark (I’m sworn to secrecy on that one) with nothing but our imagination and a few random household items to use. We created.

This year I want to create more: whether it is more videos or products or even chocolatey-goodness.


the way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
-Walt Disney

I always have a lot of ideas in my head and things that I want to try. This goes back to the point above about watching and over-consuming. This year I want to actually do and follow-through on these ideas. And worry less about how perfect they turn out. I probably could add: Do, Follow-Through and Ship. This year will be about taking action and doing.


ask yourself, is this getting you closer to your goals? If yes, do it. If not, it’s a distraction.

I get distracted easily and sometimes I have a hard time saying “No” to things. I like helping people, participating and getting involved in various projects. This year I have to be more strict with myself and get better at saying “No” so that I can get further along in reaching my goals. No doesn’t mean no forever, it can just mean not right now.

Create, Focus, Do

This tweet by David Garland, sums up real well what I hope to achieve this year:

three words for 2012

Your turn, what will you do differently this year? What are your guiding words?


  • Tennille Hopper

    Great job Sandy. I need to take a page out of your book and do all three myself.

    • Sandy

      Thanks, Tennille! We can help each other stay accountable 😉

  • This is a great post Sandy! Hope to see you create more in 2012!

    • Sandy

      Thank you, Prime! I hope so, too!

  • Julia

    I totally resonate with this Sandy! You are reading my mind 🙂 Especially the consumption vs. creating. I find I feel so much better on days that I focus on creating, and I don’t even miss the consumption!

    One thing that really helped me is setting up a separate email address for all those lists I subscribe to…they often have great promotions or content that sucks me in! Now I just briefly go through them every few days rather than seeing them come through my in box and feeling compelled to read more (good job on their part – but bad for my productivity!)

    • Sandy

      Happy that the post resonated with you, Julia! And I totally agree with you, the days that I’ve created I feel better about consuming.
      That’s a great tip, I should try that. Thanks for your comment!

  • Love this post! I chose three words for this year too and am going to go back and embellish the post as mine is dull in comparison to yours! My three words are Flourish, Love and Respect – can completely relate to your three though too! 🙂 Here’s to a Love and Respect-filled year that allows us to Focus on Creating and Do-ing things that will lead to us Flourishing!

    • Sandy

      Thank you, Lynn!
      I’d love to read your post!
      Here’s to an awesome year ahead!