Welcome to 2023. Just like most of you, I enjoy the beginning of a new year and use it as an opportunity to reset and refocus my energies.
Over the past couple of years, I have shared in this newsletter what I have chosen as my word of the year. Each January, I choose a word that embraces something I want to focus on in both my personal and professional life. I write each year’s word on a large board just above the monitor in my office to daily remind me of what I am challenging myself to work on that year. My word for 2022 was Fortitude. This word was my reminder to courageously face challenges with determination, tenacity, grit, and moxie. And there were several times throughout 2022 when fortitude was required.
My word for 2023 is Simplify. This word really has two different meanings to me. My first meaning of Simplify is to not make things harder than they need to be. I will admit, I can be the queen of spending way too much time thinking about how to start a project, or doing something in 5 steps when it could have been done effectively in 3, or giving an answer in a paragraph when it only needed a sentence. Instead, I want to focus on being effective and efficient in the simplest manner possible. My second meaning of Simplify is to eliminate unnecessary objects and clutter so that the important things can shine. This can include anything from cleaning out a closet full of items that I will never wear so I can actually enjoy the clothes I like, to organizing the piles of paper that constantly adorn my desk. I want to stop losing sight of what I should be focusing on because it is shrouded by the unimportant.
Yes, I realize this year’s word is going to be challenging for me. I like to overthink things, and I typically use way too many words, and I like to keep every piece of paper that I possibly can because I may need it someday. But….I am aspiring to have the Fortitude to Simplify. And I hope in doing so, I can help make the Kansas Tourism Office more effective and successful.
I love it when you share your Word of the Year with me. Send it to Bridgette.Jobe@KS.gov and we can keep each other accountable.
I am confident this is going to be a significant year for the tourism industry and can’t wait to see the great things we are going to do together.
To The Stars.