I was reading Susan Murphy’s Three Words for 2012 yesterday morning, and I remembered reading her post from last year as well, and I started thinking what three words I might choose for myself for the year that lies ahead.

This year has got to be better than last year, that I know. I thought of using ‘change’ but I think I prefer ‘progress.’ I went through a lot of changes last year, but the bad out-weighed the good, so progress is much more optimistic.

My second word has to have something to do with friendship. I’ve made a lot of friends in the past two years, but since I went back to work it’s been harder to see them and now it’s been so long since I’ve seen them that I’m sort of afraid to see them again. I feel like a teenager again. I never hung out with anyone over the summer holidays because I assumed they only hung out with me during school because we happened to be there. Friendship and openness, and faith that the people I have come to know and the people that I share things with online still like me as much as I like them. Faith that nobody is being fake or including me out of some sort of weird obligation.

My third word will be tough. My mother used to listen to the song When the Going Gets Tough by Billy Ocean on repeat (and I do mean on the record player) and it’s a message I have to remember – When things get hard, I have to get tough too. I have to be tough, resilient, I have to forge ahead because I have plans to make things better for me and my family, and dammit, nothing is going to stand in my way.

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