Score yourself a Leina Broughton Stella Dress!

March 21 2017

Today we’re talking about dress versatility, styling and accessorising for every occasion AND giving away my favourite versatile frock of all time: the Leina Broughton Stella dress!

Lots of dresses are certainly lovely… but not necessary

Last October, I participated in Frocktober and took on the challenge of wearing a different dress every day for the month of October to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Together, we raised over $1,700! Throughout the month, in addition to wonderful generosity, I did encounter a number of people shocked that I had 31 dresses in my wardrobe. Not necessarily shocked in a good way! Now I’m relatively unapologetic about my love of shopping, fashion and frocks, but I absolutely do not think that women need to have dozens of different outfit options or spend thousands of dollars to look great. I wholeheartedly believe in investing in timeless versatile pieces that with a bit of accessorising/hair/makeup can take you from the beach, to the boardroom, to the bar and beyond.

That’s a tall order! Does such a dress exist?

Yes! I’ve had a couple over the years which have stood the test of time, but my all-time favourite in versatile frocks in the Stella Dress by Leina Broughton.

Long-time followers know, I am in a deep love affair with Leina Broughton frocks: they are stylish, flattering, comfortable, most are machine wash, no iron, all are Australian made and Femeconomy approved… a Sublime Find by every measure. Plus, team LB is all about valuing women of all shapes and sizes which I LOVE.

The Stella dress is extra special.

Leina Broughton Stella Dress

Gorgeous Morgan wears the navy Stella dress both ways; v-neck and boat neckline.

A core style in Leina Broughton’s collection, Stella is made in a range of block colours and also released in limited edition prints. It’s available in sizes 8 – 20 (I wear 14) and retails for $269. It’s reversible, with a boat neckline worn one way and a v-neck when reversed. It’s lined so you get a super smooth finish, the lining is the same fabric as the dress (stretchy) and includes a tube skirt so the fabric of the full skirt doesn’t fall between your legs when walking. Best of all, it was absolutely made for twirling: a pastime for which no lady is ever too old!

Styling Stella: one dress, 10 ways over 10 days

I have four Stella’s… because Stella has been a failsafe option for me at work and play whether the event is casual, formal or anything in between. To demonstrate how one truly versatile dress can take you to a variety of occasions, I’ll be sharing the Stella dress styled in 10 different looks over the next 10 days on Instagram and Facebook. I’ll be featuring Stella in different colours, though most of my styling would work in any shade of Stella!

Here’s a sneak peek of some Stella style: 

Leina Broughton Stella Dress in Navy

On the go: need to arrive in style? Stella is great for travel as it doesn’t crush, perfect on the plane, in the car or packed in the suitcase. I’ve paired Stella in Navy with a taupe belt, trench from Ted Baker (last season, similar here) and Samonsite B-Lite carry on suitcase.

Leina Broughton Stella Dress in Pink

Working weekdays: I’m letting the dress do the talking in pink Stella keeping the accessories simple with a black patent belt (and pumps, though you can’t see them) with the boat neckline worn at the front.

Leina Broughton Stella Dress

Weekends: a frock to take you beach side to bar, I’m wearing Stella in black with slides from Zara, a Seafolly Goddess Tote in white (available in other colours here), Chanel Butterfly Sunglasses and ‘do not disturb’ sun hat from Valleygirl.

Get one for yourself!

Sublime Finds was started with a desire to share fabulous things – so it has filled me with joy and delight that team LB are generously donating a Stella dress to one lucky Sublime Finds follower! If you win, you’ll be able to choose the Stella you love most from the colours/prints currently available.

How to be in it to win it!

This competition is being run with the help of Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents. You can enter the competition by subscribing for updates from Sublime Finds and Leina Broughton. A second and third entry can be made by following Sublime Finds on Instagram and visiting the Sublime Find Facebook page. Each entry must be made through the Rafflecopter box below. (If the rafflecopter box has not appeared below, refresh the page).

Enter to win a Leina Broughton Stella Dress

Entries close 31 March 2017, the lucky winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter and announced on 1 April (no April fools jokes I promise!) here and on the Sublime Finds facebook page. Full terms and conditions are visible within the Rafflecopter box.

May the odds be ever in your favour!

How would you most love to style Stella? Where would you love to wear her? Hit me with your thoughts in the comments below! 

The 25 best moments for women in the last year

March 7 2017

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I have compiled the best moments for women in the last year. This is the third year I have written this post, I collate it all year long and it is an absolute joy (albeit marathon!) to author. Some of the best moments are women that have propelled us forward, as much as we’d rather already be at the destination. Some are joyous. Some are historic. Some are fist-pump worthy. All are rich with courage and determination. Without further ado, this is them: the 25 best moments for women in the last year.

Firsts!

1. Susan Kiefel was named as the first female Chief Justice of Australia

Best moments for women: Susan Kiefel Chief Justice of Australia

The Honourable Justice, Susan Kiefel, AC (pic source)

While the appointment was not unexpected (Kiefel was the longest serving Justice on the High Court and the shortest odds to get the gig) she was the first female to hold the title. The appointment also meant that women have now have been in roles at the peak of each of the branches of government: chief justice of Australia (Susan Kiefel), commonwealth attorney-general (Nicola Roxon), governor general (Quentin Bryce) and prime minister (Julia Gillard).  #breakingtheglassceiling

2. Hillary Clinton was the first female presidential nominee for the USA

Hillary Rodham Clinton: first female US presidential nominee. (pic source)

In a story of epic highs and lows, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first female presidential nominee in the USA. The sting of the most qualified candidate in history being beaten by an unqualified, misogenist who has been repeatedly accursed of sexual harassment and assault felt very real for many women in the US and around the world. Despite the result, Hillary’s accomplishment will no doubt help pave the way for others to follow. And this, in her concession speech: “To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

3. Maminydjama Maymuru became the first Indigenous model to represent the Northern Territory in the Miss World Australia competition.

Maminydjama Maymuru at the Miss World Australia Pageant Finals (pic source)

When Maminydjama Maymuru was spotted by the NT Fashion Week director in 2014, she knocked him back so she could focus on finishing year 12. “Back home education is actually a big deal. Elders and women have done big things to get a bilingual education.” She debuted as a model in 2015 in the Northern Territory fashion week before being chosen to participate in the Miss World Australia competition and made it to the top 10 in the country, her story making headlines around the world. “This has opened my heart” said Maminydjama. #moreofthisplease

4. Dior appoints Maria Grazia Chiuri as its first female Creative Director

Maria Grazia Chiuri becomes Dior’s first female creative director in the company’s 70 year history

Maria Grazia Chiuri took the reigns as Dior’s first female boss making her arguably the most powerful woman in Parisian fashion since Coco Chanel. She used her first collection to make her message loud and clear, sending a model down the runway in a tee with a powerful feminist message:

Maria Grazia Churi’s first runway collection for Dior: we should all be feminists (pic source)

Badass biatches

5. Jill Soloway uses Emmy’s speech to talk diversity and LGBTIQ rights

Jill Soloway: TOPPLE THE PATRIARCHY! (pic source)

The Transparent creator won the Emmy for best director of a comedy series. After a rousing speech about inclusion, she thrust her Emmy into the air and yelled ‘TOPPLE THE PATRIARCHY!’ #preach!

6. The Hot Dog Princess

The #HotDogPrincess

It was princesses week at her dance class, and Ainsley Turner chose to go dressed as a hot dog. Internet hails her it’s new queen. In a world of princesses, may we all find the courage to be a hot dog.

7. Ghostbusters gets an all-female remake

The Ghostbusters: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones (pic source)

There was certainly backlash (including the much-scoffed-over “you have ruined my childhood”) but the 80’s classic, Ghostbusters was remade with a kick-ass cast of funny ladies. And the world didn’t implode! Instead we lol’d.

8. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was guarded by an all-female protection team in UAE

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, flanked by her security detail (pic source)

On a trip to the United Arab Emirates, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, hired 5 women from the President’s guard for her security detail. During the trip, designed to promote religious tolerance and women in leadership, this photo shone out around the world, making a powerful point. Camilla said the women in her security team were remarkable, and that one had climbed Everest in 16 days!

To Parity… and beyond!

9. Swedish government boards achieve gender parity

50:50 cabinet of the Swedish Prime Minister (pic source)

In 1988, Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson set a goal for the country to achieve gender parity on government boards in 10 years. It ended up taking 28, but they got there! In fact the current balance is actually in favour of the women at 51:49!

10. Robin Wright and Emmy Rossum demanded equal pay, and got it.

Robin Wright, who plays Claire Underwood in House of Cards demanded equal pay and got it (pic source)

In May, Robin Wright revealed the negotiation she’d undertaken at Netflix in order to be paid the same as  Kevin Spacey for their roles as Frank and Claire Underwood in House of Cards. She threw down the gauntlet, vowing to go public if they didn’t deliver, but they did.

Emmy Rossum followed in her footsteps for her role opposite William H. Macy in Shameless, refusing to sign her contract until they provided remuneration equal to that of her co-star. Better yet was Macy’s response when asked about his Rossum’s move. He said “They wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1927; it didn’t get passed . . . until 1972. It still hasn’t been approved by all the states. . . It’s about fucking time, don’t you think?”

11. Apple gives us more inclusive emoticons

Apple’s new, more inclusive emoticons (pic source)

Apple used the launch of iOS10 last year to challenge the stereotypes and norms living in our emoji. In the release, we received a glorious array of more racially and gender diverse identities and new family symbols. #WeCan’tBeWhatWeCan’tSee

12. Travel with Jane discounted insurance for women to allow for the gender pay gap

Travel with Jane making a difference for women and raising awareness as they go! (pic source)

Aussie travel insurance startup Travel with Jane, launched with a bang last month by offering a pay gap discount of 16.2% to women in Australia. The percentage, representing the current gender pay gap, they aim to assist financially and raise awareness and encourage corporate social responsibility here and overseas. Check them out here.

13. Femeconomy launched giving consumers power to influence representation of women in leadership

Jade Collins and Alanna Bastin-Byrne founded Femeconomy

Continuing the theme of exceptional start-ups, Jade Collins and Alanna Bastin-Byrne founded Femeconomy, putting the power to influence the representation of women in leadership in the hands of the consumer. By identifying businesses with at least 30% women on their board of 50% female ownership, Femeconomy has provided us with the opportunity to use our consumer power to support businesses that support women and send a powerful message to those who don’t. Going from strength to strength, I can’t wait to see what this duo have in store for 2017. Read more about Femeconomy here.

14. BHP announce their ‘aspirational target’ of having a 50:50 workforce by 2025

BHP Billiton CEO, Andrew McKenzie announced BHP’s goal of having 50% women in their workforce by 2025. (pic source)

In a bold and virtually unprecedented move, mining giant BHP Billiton announced their intention for their workforce to be 50% female by 2025. A momentus task in the heavily male-dominated industry that is mining in Australia, BHP were commended for their courage and will be watched eagerly on their action as they try to shift the dial from their current female representation of 17%.

Expanding our ideas on beauty

15. Curvy Kate launch their ‘fiercely diverse campaign’ #TheNewSexy

Curvy Kate’s ‘fiercely diverse’ models. Exquisite! (pic source)

In a year that saw more and more businesses embrace a diverse range of models, lingerie company Curvy Kate took the trophy. Launching their ‘fiercely diverse campaign’ whose model’s included an alopcecia sufferer, a transgender woman, an amputee, and a recovered anorexic. Said their spokesperson, “We know our customers don’t all look the same so why should our models?”

16. Taryn Brumfitt released the documentary ‘Embrace’

Taryn Brumfitt’s unconventional before and after photo. (pic source)

If you haven’t found a moment to see documentary ‘Embrace’ treat yourself as soon as possible (it’s on iTunes). Taryn Brumfitt made headlines when she shared a before and after picture on facebook, reversing the traditional notions of what an ideal ‘after photo’ looks like. The response that followed set her on a path around the world to examine how and why women are so tough on themselves when it comes to appearance and to inspire everyBODY. (See what she did there?) I cried. It’s an incredible piece of cinema and contribution to the discussion on women and appearance.

STEM progress

17. The largest ever all-female Antarctic expedition took place

Some of the women who took part in the largest ever all-female scientific expedition to Antarctica (pic source)

77 women with scientific backgrounds headed south to the Antarctic seas to carry out important scientific work. The expedition took place as part of the program ‘Homeward Bound’ which hopes to reach 1,000 women in the next decade to bring about important social and political change, especially for the rights of women and the planet.

18. Dartmouth College has more female than male engineering grads

Dartmouth College Engineering graduates: predominantly female! (pic source)

In an achievement they declared to be first in the USA, Dartmouth had more female than male engineering grads in their 2016 class! Against a national average of less than 20%, it’s a huge achievement that suggest we may finally be approaching the tipping point in male dominance in engineering!

Sporting feels

19. The Women’s AFL launches and is a roaring success!

Representatives from the 8 teams in AFLW! (pic source)

The eight-team AFL league for women launched in 2017 to a capacity crowd of 24,000 who had to turn people away at the stadium gates, such was it’s popularity. This came after an exhibition match notched up a peak TV audience of 1.05 million, making it the second highest TV audience for female sport after the 2016 Australian Open women’s final. Next stop: pay.

20. Fu Yuanhui was super real about her period pain at the olympics

Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui gets real about period pain while competing at the Olympics. (pic source)

Breaking her silence on a major taboo in women’s sport: Fu Yuanhui surprised everyone after competing in the 4 x 100m relay for China. A reporter noticed Fu appeared to be in pain and commented as such. Fu responded “My period came last night so I’m still a bit week andreally tired right now. But this isn’t an excuse, I still did not swim as well as I should have.” The internet hailed her raw honesty, especially in light of her country’s cultural norms which tend to talk about menstruation in euphemisms rather than openly. We feel you, Fu.

21. A fifth grade basketball team unanimously voted to forfeit the season when officials told them girls weren’t allowed in finals.

St John the Apostle Parish School team of 5th graders who voted to forfeit their season rather than continue without their female teammates. (pic source)

In New Jersey, a team of 5th grade basketballers played ten games in their season before reaching finals and being told by officials that co-ed teams were not allowed in the league and they’d have to drop their female teammates if they were to continue into playoffs. Their coach asked the team if they wanted to stick together as a team and forfeit or ditch the girls and continue on. The team unanimously raised their hands in a vote to forfeit.

Women raised their voices

22. An anonymous Stanford university student makes a powerful statement in court to the man who sexually assaulted her

Except from the statement made my anonymous Stanford Uni student who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner (pic source)

“You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today”. The statement given by anonymous Stanford University student to her attacker, Brock Turner who received a disturbingly light sentence on account of the “severe impact” a longer sentence would have on him (what the actual fuck) was hardly a high moment for women world wide. But it’s viral spread following gave voice to so many sexual assault victims and survivors. Impossible to be unmoved by the powerful statement, it forced many to examine sexual assault through a different lens and sparked an international conversation on sexual assault. Such respect for the courage this woman has.

23. Jennifer Aniston wrote a scathing open letter about the portrayal of women

Jennifer Aniston: not pregnant, fed up. (pic source)

Undoubtedly one of the most popular modern day targets for tabloids, Jennifer Aniston got ‘fed up’ about the constant rumours she is pregnant and penned an open letter condemning the media for it’s portrayal of women stating ‘the objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing’. Expressing her frustration highlighting the ridiculousness of celebrity reporting, she goes on to say ‘we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies’.

24. New feminist motto was born in “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Courtney Privit’s inspired piece in the response to the Nevertheless, She Persisted movement. (pic source)

After Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced in the US Senate, Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell attempted to describe her silencing by stating,  “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” The final phrase became a battlecry for the struggles faced by women and the determination to go forward.

25. Five million women marched for women’s rights

In what was undoubtedly the most incredible and historic day for women this year, on January 21, 2017, on every continent around the world, women banded together to march for women’s rights. Scheduled to follow Trump’s inauguration in the United States, what was originally planned as a protest in Washington grew into an impassioned remedy for a what had been a horrifying symbol for women’s progress. While the personal motivation for protesting of course varied, the message was loud and clear: we are in this together.

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In a year which at times felt enormously challenging, it was speckled with moments of hope, and promise and progress. This International Women’s Day I encourage you take stock of the wins in your world, share love with the women that matter to you most and take a moment to consider what bold action is possible for you as we go forward together for a more equal world.

What were your favourite moments for women this year? What stirred your heart most? What is your hope for the future? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Compendium: form and function

January 4 2017

About seven years ago, I worked with a smart, gorgeous woman who was the epitome of ‘put together’. There was never a hair out of place, she was always presented immaculately, she had perfect handwriting and was an absolute delight inside and out. (The only element that made her human was she kept a pair of slippers under the desk to rest her weary feet from trekking about in stilettos!) I was in awe of her polish. While there will be some elements I’ll have no chance of emulating (the neat handwriting, *ahem*) one essential accessory that pulled the togetherness together so masterfully was a compendium.

What’s a compendium?

Sometimes referred to as a folio, compendiums are typically shaped to hold A4 documents but also have pockets with space for a pen, business cards and other office essentials like a tablet or phone. They are a one stop shop station for your work needs (if your work involves meetings and writing things down).

At my next job after working with the exquisite lady I described above, I shouted myself a brand new compendium and for the last six and a bit years it has been an absolute staple of my working life.

Office Luxury or practical necessity?

Arguably, a leather, possibly designer, compendium is a luxury. But there is no accessory I’m carrying more as I hustle between meetings and often also buildings. My compendium holds:

  • my notebook, which is easily replaced when full
  • any loose papers or print outs I may have,
  • business cards,
  • a couple of pens,
  • in the zip up section I always have a few tissues stashed as well as
  • some $ (in case a regular meeting becomes a coffee meeting),
  • a tea bag or two (because I’m a tea snob),
  • a couple of sticks of gum,
  • there is spot for my phone and
  • somewhere I can stash my staff card/lanyard.

It zips up, so nothing falls out and I have a little extra confidentiality around my notes which can sometimes be important in my role. As if this weren’t argument enough, it also gives me that highly-desired feeling of having my sh*t together.

Because it has everything I need, I don’t need to take my handbag if I’m going to a meeting offsite, gives makes me feel more lets-get-to-business. I’ve also gone compendium-in-hand to interviews in the hope of making a polished first impression. (Got the job! Both times!)

Clearly, I have big compendium love.

Once upon a time, it was really tricky to find compendium that ticked all the boxes in terms of being quality, practical and stylish enough that you were happy to be glued to it 40 hours a week. Not anymore! A bunch of fantastic options have come to the market!

Here are 11 options I love right now:

Oroton Melanie Saffiano Compendium

Oroton Melanie A4 folio in bright red, $88.50 (down from $295!!!) Also comes in navy in this saffiano finish which doesn’t scratch! Golden! Mine is nearly identical to this, I’ve had it two years and it’s still looks great! I am also a firm believer that red is the colour that goes with errrrything.

Oroton Melanie Pebble Compendium

Oroton’s Melanie a4 folio again, in the pebble finish in ROSE GOLD. $88.50 (also down from $295!!) also comes in gold, white and black. And has a bunch of fabulous accessories like luggage tags and briefcases and totes. Clearly I am obsessed.

Kikki K Compendium

Kikki K’s gothenburg a4 compendium in black, $120. This has leather trimmings but is not leather. Kikki K seems to change up their range fairly regularly.

Jonathan Adler Compendium

Jonathan Adler via Officeworks, $20. A great economic option!

Hunt Compendium

Hunt A4 Compendium in tan, $195. Like that this one includes an iPad sleeve! Also available in black.

ETSY Compendium

This hand-stitched compendium is from Etsy brand CPScraftStudio comes in a range of sizes including A4 (not pictured) for $164.30.

Luxury options

Louis Vuitton Compendium Pouchette

Louis Vuitton Pouchette, $850. This is more a pouch than a compendium but expect will serve the same purpose. I *almost* excluded it on the basis of LV describing it as ‘for the modern man’. You know. Cause a lady can’t carry a pouch!?

Smythson Compendium

As luxurious as they come: Smythson’s Wilde A4 Zip Up Writing Folio is made from Alligator and will set you back £4,695. Not even joking.

Personal Touch

Love that these options include monogramming!!

Smythson Mara Compendium

Smythson Mara A4 Zip Writing Folder in Magenta, 40% off at £297. Monogramming extra.

 

The Daily Edited Compendium

The Daily Edited offers their compendium in stone (pictured), black and midnight navy for $229.95. This also is in the scratch-resisten saffiano leather. Love it.

Treat Yo’self OR a great gift!

My parting thought is that beyond treating yourself to an accessory which will quickly slay it’s price-per-wear value, a compendium also makes a fabulous graduation gift or promotion present. It’s a great farewell gift for a colleague headed to a new role, and also a great work-appropriate congratulations.

So that’s it! Do you use a compendium? Know someone who does? Want one yourself? Want all of them including the $10,000 one? Are you also thinking that if you can afford a $10k compendium you probably don’t need to be at work in the first place? I welcome ALL of your thoughts below! 

p.s. This post is not sponsored but really should be, given my excessive compendium feels. I will always tell if you if my content is sponsored, and seemingly also when it should be.

2017 in a word.

January 1 2017

Happy New Year lovelyites! It’s a new day, a new dawn, a new year of possibilities that I’m sure we’re all busting to make the most of. So whats the best way to turn intention into action?

I’m going to be controversial.
You will not make 2017 awesome by setting goals.

Stay with me! Most of us, myself included, have been taught over the course of our lives that goal setting is the way to get things done. However, there’s an increasing body of thought that says  very particular or rigid (especially ‘SMART’) goals may constrain us more than they enable us.

How could a specific goal possibly be a bad idea?

Specific goals are useful when the circumstances are static… but when was the last time you were able to perfectly predict a sequence of events? The research has shown that when life throws us even the slightest curve ball, it can become impossible to meet our ambitiously-set, specific, measurable, achieveable etc etc goals. The result: disappointment, that heavy feeling of failure, embarrassment all of which can set us back rather than propel us forward.

Even if circumstances do enable us to meet our super specific goal, sometimes specificity itself can create tunnel vision and close us off to other possibilities and options which may be even better than the original plan.

What’s the alternative?

The last subject I studied in my Masters was on career planning and transitions and we had one message drilled into us above all else: while having a super specific plan can mean setting ourselves up to fail, the exercise of planning is absolutely useful.

Taking the time to think through possibilities, options, aspirations and desires makes us better equipped to adapt to change, recognise good opportunities and bounce back when things don’t go the way we hope.

As counterintuitive as it may seem, we should still work through planning, but the outcome shouldn’t necessarily be a plan.

… But we all want something tangible right? Something to give us direction and keep us on track. Me too.

Enter Dr Jason Fox

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Dr Jason Fox and his pirate beard. Pic nabbed from DJF’s about page.

Dr Jason Fox describes himself as a ‘modern day wizard-rogue’ (don’t let that put you off!) who has little time for ‘motivational rah-rah and pithy business cliches’. His business is genuine motivation and leadership and for the last few years he has been encouraging people to find one word to serve as a ‘fuzzy beacon’ for the year ahead. NB: DJF is far from the only person encouraging the adoption of ‘one word’ but he’s the person who most helped me embrace the concept so I’m making him guru.

Just one word?

Yes. One big, contextual, umbrella-word to help give you direction. Dr Fox (coolest dang name around) likens our lives to a quest – one where we are all aiming to develop, better ourselves and find meaning. If that life or quest was in a book, and you were to take a step back and look at the chapter of 2016, what would the them be? What do you want the theme of the next chapter to be?

Unlike a goal or a resolution, a word can’t be broken. A word can grow and adapt with you and a guide, a reminder, an intention, a promise.

In 2013 Jason’s word was Kingly which to him meant ‘things like ‘stepping up,’ ‘taking responsibility’, ‘serving others’, avoiding petty gossip, being magnanimous and growing a beard (among other things)’. In 2014 he chose Prime. In 2015 he chose Pirate which he said ‘conjures the qualities of the opportunistic explorer. Commercially focussed and savvy, pirates are also jolly and buoyant. They drink rum and look after their mates.’

So as is clear from Dr Jason Fox’s own choices, the word doesn’t have to be a super serious one, but it does need to be distinct and meaningful to you.

My 2016 word

Last year, I chose the word Actualise. I’ve never had any problems dreaming up ideas… my issue is with the follow through! I chose Actualise to keep me on track to getting it done, turning plan into reality, making the rubber hit the road, and bring things from idea into action.

For me, having a one word to remind me what I was trying to achieve was helpful in big scenarios like deciding whether to take on a project, and small situations like when I was hesitating over the way forward on any particular day. GET IT DONE, LADY. It was also great to have friends keep me on track and reward me for staying true to my word, I had a couple of ‘great actualising!”s and ‘you actualised the shit out of that’ which made me swell with pride and propel me forward in a way that achieving any single likely would not have done.

Jason’s tips for choosing your word!

Don’t: 

1) Rush it – the value is in the reflection, remember?

2) Anchor it to outcomes – we’re on a quest not a mission and the purpose is to enable your path to flex and change.

3) Care too much about what other people think – it’s your word, don’t be afraid to be bold, risky or risqué.

Do: 

1) Test it – run it by the people who you want to keep you accountable. Do they see something you missed?

2) Make it fun for your friends – the people around you have a big impact on your world. Your word is a social trigger. ‘Make it easy for them to hold you accountable to your meaningful intent’.

3) Chose it a word that makes you a bit uncomfortable – get out of your comfort zone!

dr-jason-fox

Get uncomfortable and make some magic! Pic source.

I’ve taken these tips from Dr Jason Fox’s far more comprehensive, lol-worthy and excellent posts here (2014) and here (2015), they also contain stories about other people’s words to inspire some more. DJF also recorded this video at the end of last year with three and a half mins of tips on finding your own word:

 

Choose (your Word) wisely from drjasonfox on Vimeo.

What’s next?

Once you’ve got your word Jason suggests choosing three projects per quarter that help put your word into actions. Projects because they are more about action and learning and doing on your quest rather than an aspirational, rigid goal. Three because one would lead to procrastination, two would make you feel as if you’re constantly dividing your time, so three.

I’m working on my 2017 word and I wholeheartedly encourage you to join me! I’m wanting 2017 to be a year where I build on foundations laid, take things to the next level, share what I know and give back. I am peculating on a few words and will report back when I’ve landed one!

What do you want the theme of your next chapter to be? Have a word suggestion based on my descriptors? Love to chat further in the comments! Here’s to a bloody great year!