For 2022, my word of the year is INVEST.

I believe in having the mindset of abundance: countless ideas, unlimited possibilities, the best not just for ourselves, but for everyone. But in terms of our lives and our time, I’d like to embrace its finite nature. My memento mori reminder in Notion currently says 21479 days. In one way or another, time will be on my heels.

Imagine then if I could make time work for me.

That’s why my word of the year is invest. I want to spend my time and resources on things that may bring value even several years from now. Some ideas on how I can do this:

  • Multiply and Conquer: repurpose and reuse one thing for another. What habits can I stack? What skills can I apply to seemingly different disciplines? How can I transform one product into other forms?
  • Create and foster meaningful connections – I’d like to make the build connections that I value through my work and creative ventures.
  • Bolster my writing platform and continue writing – in 2021, I finished drafting my Chronicles of Kenji trilogy. It still needs a lot of work, but with eight stories between two series (Guardians of Lakaya being the other one), I feel it’s time to optimize (and hopefully, monetize) my platform around them.
  • Be efficient and effective at work – so that I can channel my strengths to where I’m needed the most and still be able to do what I want to do
  • Follow through with my new hobbies that I want to learn – this is a big topic in itself, but there are several hobbies I want to learn in 2021 that I wasn’t able to: drawing, game development, and playing the harmonica. Taking on other hobbies will help me train my overall creative mind.
  • Consistency and hustle attitude – I wouldn’t be able to build my Creative Wordscape if I’m not consistent. And the hustle attitude will help me respond to the finite idea of time
  • Maintain my overall health – even with the aggressiveness and tall order I’ve mentioned above, I still want to prioritize my overall health. In the long run, I’d like to enjoy the things I’ll be vested in.

Words of the year recap:

  • 2021 – Finish
  • 2020 – Build
  • 2019 – Create
  • 2018 – Realize
  • 2017 – Reduce

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