I’m not really someone who follows trends when it comes to what to post on this blog. For example, you won’t find a “2014 – year in review” or “New Year’s resolutions” style post here.

However, as I was skimming through Twitter today and catching up on some blogs, I read on Jennifer Frahm’s site aboutĀ setting a word or theme for the year ahead.

Getting clarity on what it is you want focus on for the year is enormously helpful in helping you make decisions, filter opportunities, discard unnecessary distractions.

To be honest, I don’t mind this concept. I’m not sure if it’ll stick – but here goes anyway.

My theme or word for 2015 is “new”

I chose new because it means a few things to me.

New travel destinations

I enjoy traveling and I’m in a fortunate position where I can, especially when I can travel for a conference or work. My problem with travel is that I find places on my journeys that I love. That are just so great. The problem with that? I’m less likely to go somewhere else. I go back to places I know I like. New destinations in 2014 included: Cabo (Mexico), Thailand, Tampa (FL, USA) and Denver (CO, USA). I’m not disappointed by that, but considering I flew almost 3 times around the globe / 160hrs on an airplane – it’s a bit disappointing.

In 2015, I’m hoping to visit more new destinations than last year.

New contacts

As an introverted person, my desire to meet people & socialise is pretty low. To tell the truth, I’d probably rather mow the lawn or clean the kitchen than a social encounter most of the time. That said, I’ve met so many great people over the years in the most random or unintentional ways. From the people I’ve met, so many good things have come of it.

Services like Twitter and Instagram have again enabled me to discover, connect with, and most importantly, meet with in real life some new connections. 2014 was no exception, however it was probably less than other years.

In 2015, I’m hoping to add a few more new contacts to my mental address book.