As you would clearly know by now, every year, since, like 2016, I have created a one word theme (contextual beacon) that guides my in my actions through the year.

Well this year after a much needed rest and awesome holiday in Norway & Scandinavia, for a significant birthday, lets kick the year off right!

It starts on the 1st of Feb right? January is a trial month. Right?



My word for 2019 is ........



ANIMATE!



Animate for me, is about breathing life into, bringing life to….

Breathing life into what I hear you ask? (Well even if you didn’t I will tell you)

  • Bringing to life programs that will ‘create your life on purpose and help you start dreaming again’

  • Breathing life into designs that have been bobbing in my head or my design/ideas/dream book for ages (you don’t have a design, ideas, dreams book - Ok, lets talk about that, but not now!)

  • Breathing life into items I already have designed, specifically Yellow & Co and Incahoots Notebook

  • Bringing life to Spark Club (more to be revealed later peeps)

  • Breathing life into a Working Your Mojo podcast to be launched this year (hopefully)

Animate has already guided my planning for 2019, as you can see from the awesomely fun list above, and it will guide it each week, month and quarter, as I work on my dreams for 2019 and work towards achieving them.

If you do not have a word for 2019, try using this technique, as articulated by Dr Jason Fox and nicely condensed into this handy guide/blog thing.  I wouldn’t keep doing it if it wasn’t adding value.


Lets take it one tiny step further...


Having a word to provide contextual beacon is fine and dandy, but to really drive my behaviour, I need to have an image that supports my theme. This origami dragon is a perfect represetnation of what I am trying to do, also breathing life or fire on this instance, also just fits super nicely (like it was meant to be).  When I saw this lovely glass creation by  Minniebythesea the universe had spoken and the word was Animate (with little dragon emoji’s everywhere).

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About me!


Christina Morgan-Meldrum (CMM) is an author, speaker, curator, change professional and podcaster. She particularly loves helping people start and scale side hustles, especially creatives and musicians by unearthing what’s possible to design a life that suits you perfectly.

She has cultivated the ability to walk into any industry; see what is not seen, distil what is complicated, and simplify the chaos.  This skill has been forged in a deliberate and concentrated way for over 20 years, through Personal Coaching and working in Organisational Change Management (before it was even a thing).  She is currently working at Blackwoods on an Enterprise Change Roadmap as well as exploring many, many side hustles of her own.

Christina fills her time, coaching people on their side hustles, blogging, podcasting - Quirky & Chenille (Christina is Quirky), learning the piano, while working on Change Management gigs.  If you are looking for her, she is likely at her spiritual home JB Hi-Fi or exploring stationery stores or artisan markets.