What is Your Theme Word? Mine is Prepare.

This is the updated version of the article, as it is seen in my book Organize Your Space and StuffOrganize Your Space and Stuff. The old version has been deleted. The previous organizational articles from the blog have been deleted, edited, and updated, and are now in the eBook.

I was reading a post from Christine Gallagher over on shesgotclients.com. The post, Refine: My Theme Word for 2013, got me thinking about what my own theme word should be.

I decided it would be Prepare.

Why Prepare?

2012 was a difficult year for me:

1. I was still getting used to working at the inn while trying to build my freelance business, and did not have internet access at home.
2. I was not ready for the busy season, at the inn where I work, as far as the writing business went. I accomplished almost nothing for my business during this period, which lasts several months.
3. For 2012, I earned significantly less than what I was used to earning with the freelance work.

Very disappointing, indeed.

My 2013 theme word is Prepare because:

1. I need to be prepared for the next busy season at the inn.
2. I need to begin preparing by making my freelancing plans for 2013 now.
3. I need to continue preparing by writing blog posts ahead of time (during the slow season at the inn) and scheduling them to post later (during the busy season).
4. I need to write articles ahead of time for my channels (Bangor Easy Meals, Bangor Single Moms and Bangor Frugal Living) and schedule them to post later as well.
5. I’ll need to continue to learn more about marketing, and to put many of the new marketing tips that I learned in 2012 into practice during 2013.
6. The blog, as my freelance base, will need updating.
There are other things I can do to help me to Prepare as well, I am sure, and I’ll be writing about all of this here on my blog, as well as continuing to offer my regular posts.

What is your 2013 theme word? Think about it. Act on it.

July 2015:
There’s no reason to wait for the new year to start. Do so any time. What do you want to manifest for your business right now?

Having a theme word or phrase, or even a motto to live by, will provide you with guidance, helping you to succeed.


1. Decide what your theme word, theme phrase, or motto will be. Perhaps something you need to work on, such as Organizing Queen, Simplify, or Work-Life Balance.
2. Sit down with a notebook and pen, and write down ways you can incorporate this into your business life – and other areas of your life if applicable.
3. Work on this goal with a purpose in the coming year.


About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.

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