09 January 2017

Word of the Year is: CONQUER

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I have been fortunate to be with a group of strong women who know how to take charge of their lives and because of that, I have managed to hold on to mine by a thin thread. We always chose a word of the year and a couple of the women always held us accountable.  While I didn't always achieve what I wanted, I always did better than I thought I would!


So this year's word, CONQUER, comes from the fact that my goals have been similar for the last several years.  This year I want to CONQUER those goals so I can move forward with my real goal: retirement and travel and fun with my husband as long as we are able!

Let's look at last year's blog goals:  I met my goals for Pinterest and Facebook fans.  I did not meet my goals for Twitter and Instagram.  In fact, I stalled on both Twitter and Instagram.  I am actually ok with that for one main reason:  my Google Analytics say that Pinterest and Facebook are my biggest referrals, then Google.  My 2017 blog goals are to continue to grow in Facebook and Pinterest, work on Instagram and Twitter, and make a better effort for a presence in Google+.  I would like to see my page views rise as well.  That means better content, which is also a goal!

Personal goals are the same:  lose weight, get healthy, eat better, work on relationships, work hard on my educational goals, and work to improve my community.



My husband and I made a huge commitment to reduce debt in our household and I am pleased to say that we were able to reduce our debt by over 60% over all.  We love to eat out and go to events and concerts and shows, so to do this, we cut back on events, eating out, tickets to ball games, selling things we no longer wanted or needed.  We will continue this goal for the 2017 year, too.  We try to make sure that each of us has what we need to be happy but we try not to fall for every little concert and event that St. Louis has to offer!  (which is a lot!)

I have read many of your goals and aspirations, and I want you to know that I am ready and willing to help any of you out however I can.  Reach out via email at terri@terristeffes.com  Let's figure out how we can help each other, there is enough wonderfulness in the world for all of us!


26 comments :

  1. Great post and a great choice for your word for 2017!! Mine is Hope!!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  2. You and I share many of the same goals. I am not shopping this month, for example. Not any! =D Wishing you and your Beloved many blessings in 2017!

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  3. That's an awesome word for 2017. I love it :)

    My word for this year is "simplicity." I feel like i've overcomplicated everything in the last few years. Now is the time to go back to simpler times :)

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  4. Conquer - what a great word! I love it! Conquering your goals or conquering your fears. It's perfect! I haven't decided yet what my word for this year is.

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

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  5. I love this! We are committed to conquer more of our debt this year too. Happy 2017!

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  6. This is a great word. My 2017 word is Ohana.

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  7. What a great word for 2017! My word is calm. I seem to always feel overwhelmed and lose my cool all too often. This year I'm going for calm.

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  8. This is a great word and what a great goal. I have the same goal this year - trying to live within a budget! I'm excited to see what this year has to offer

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  9. Hi Terri! I love your word and I love the determination that you hold to meet your goals. No matter how far we come, we are coming, and we are making progress and you have shown how far you can go! Wow, reduced 60% of your debt, that's huge!!! I know we don't know each other in person but I truly enjoy reading your posts and I can tell through your writing how full of love and beauty you are!

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  10. my word for the year is preserverence! things have been rough the last two years and i can see the light at the end of the tunnel and i just need to hang on just a little bit longer! you have such great goals for this year!

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  11. I love your word of the year! It's packed with so much motivation for yourself and for the people around you. There's nothing like conquering the obstacles presented by life as you try to reach for your dreams.

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  12. great word of the year and I know you will conquer everything you have set forth in front of you in 2017

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  13. Love this word! it emcompasses so much in life!! Best of luck!!! Loved seeing your past words!

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  14. Such a good word. I am still thinking about my word. I'm just not sure yet what my word would be. Hopefully I figure it out soon though, I LOVE the idea of having a word to kind of live by. - Jeanine

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  15. Good luck with all your goals this new year! My word this year is Worth, as I'm often asked to discount my services as a photographer. My husband and I use Dave Ramsey for debt, I highly recommend it!

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  16. Conquer is an AMAZING word! I'm really wanting to conquer more of our debt this year too. Keep at it :)

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  17. I would love to hear how you grew your Facebook and Pinterest more this year! I'm always up for more social channel growth ideas!

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  18. Love your word of the year!! It's such a strong and committed word and I wish you the best in CONQUERING all your goals in 2017!

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  19. Some of your goals are really similar to mine. I really hope you conquer them and 2017 is a great year for you and your family! :)
    Courteney Noonan

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  20. I'm not a big resolution person, but I'm really intrigued by this new trend of word of the year. I think it is such a brilliant idea. Now I just need to come up with one of my own.

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  21. What a powerful word for 2017! This is a great post and I thank you for sharing.

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  22. I love that you have a word for the year and that you look out for each other. Good luck with your goals this year. I'm also hoping to increase my social media presence in 2017 :)

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  23. I love how motivated you are and your positive attitude. I think we should all resolve to conquer our goals and to travel more with our loved ones.

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  24. I love your word of the year! Mine is more of an attitude of pushing forward. I want to be better than I was last year.

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  25. Conquer is such a powerful word dear. I hope to travel more, be more organized, and become fit this year. Haven't chosen a word yet.

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  26. CONQUER is a strong word that is perfect to motivation you through the year. Like you, I want to conquer several personal goals that I have put on the back burner to long. Best wishes for 2017.

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