Mind,  Soul Food

The Word

In the days leading to the close of 2017 and in the first week of the brand new year (and I don’t know about y’all but I was ready to welcome 2018!) there was a theme across social media of folks (and businesses) picking their focus word for the year.

One word.

I struggled with that!  So many words that fit my plan, my hopes and my goals for the year – not just in my own personal life but the Cowgirl Dreams Co. life as well – would have fit perfectly, but I couldn’t decide!  I literally wanted #allthewords.

Brave. Focus. Strength. Clarity. Faith. Intention. Oh laaaawd…..and I could keep going!

What are my personal goals?  Omgosh. I could probably write a dang book!  I’m not one for making your typical “resolutions” because I’ll be honest here…..#fail. I don’t think I’ve ever in my whole life kept one single resolution that I’ve ever made. It’s a LOT of pressure!  So rather than resolution, I prefer to set goals. It’s just a better fit for me. The fact that my birthday comes right around the corner (in January!) and I’m not getting any younger (see how I did that without revealing my age!?), it’s just a month of focusing on hopes, dreams and setting new goals. 🙂

My personal goals are probably right up there with everyone else’s. Eat healthier. Exercise more. More happy. Less stress. More self-love and less comparison. Just. More. Calm. PEACE WITHIN! 

My Cowgirl Dreams Co. hopes and goals are to inspire YOU to want all of this for yourself!  One of our early tag-lines was “it’s never too late for you” and that is resonating like hard with me this year. I’m living proof that it’s NOT too late for you to change your path and start a new journey. I pretty much jumped ship from a very long and successful career after finding something I was even more passionate about than I was while training dogs.

But it’s not just about finding your passion….it’s about feeling good while you do it!  And what exactly do I mean by that?

Well……I can’t tell ya the number of times people have messaged me or walked into my boutique and asked “do you have anything for us older women?”  Or, “I’m X age….I can’t wear this!”   

Wait. Wuuuuuuut?  I’m not even sure what “older women” means. Or who the fool is that told you that when you get to a certain age, you need to dress a certain way.

Now, I’m not saying that any of us should be walkin’ around wearing something that lets our ass hang out but I AM here to tell you that there ain’t nobody on this beautiful God-created earth that is going to tell me how I should – or shouldn’t – dress!  THIS girl is gonna continue to wear – with no apologies or excuses –  what makes me feel great!  And I want the exact same thing for YOU!

Now…..back to my word…….

After thinking on this for days and going back n’ forth in my head, I knew I needed to just keep digging deeper. I needed to think about the meaning and the mission behind Cowgirl Dreams Co. and what exactly I was trying to get across……..and when I did that, it became so stinkin’ clear to me.

All of these words in my head combined with my hopes and goals for the year – personally and professionally –  led me to one very perfect word.


2018 will be the year of Living With Purpose. And living with purpose will encompass allllll those other words I entertained.  “Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning.” 

My goal is for all of us to step outta our box!  Walk away from what everyone tells you you should – or shouldn’t – do. Find your brave and be – and look – your absolute best on YOUR terms!

Here’s to 2018 and PURPOSE!  Can I get an AMEN!

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