Sharon DeVellis: Inside Scoop


My One Word For 2014

I Blame You, Buzzfeed!

Every year instead of making a New Year’s resolution, I come up with a word for the year.

In 2012 that word was “Try.”

In 2013 it was “Fortitude” and my slogan was putting the FU in Fortitude, and I'm not gonna lie...I kinda did.

For 2014 my word is going to be, in case you didn't guess it from the picture above, is “Focus.” Meaning I need to learn how to focus on one thing at a time and not get distracted.

As in, I’m going to write this stor….OMG there are kitten GIFs on Buzzfeed!!!!!

It's no secret among my friends and family that I tend to get a little sidetracked. THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE, DO, AND READ, PEOPLE.

Alt + Tab is my favourite hand exercise of all time. One minute I’m writing copy and the next I’m Alt + Tabbing my way over to Twitter and Facebook. What’s that?  New stories on Alexa! Bam! The thumb and forefinger on my left hand are inordinately fast and they seem to have a mind of their own. I have painted my nails while on a Skpe call and Candy Crushed my way to a new high score while watching a movie.

It's a problem.

Focus will also carry over into my triathlon training and speed skating because I don’t really need to be thinking about my grocery list when I’m cycling, do I? Or composing a story in my head when I’m swimming because what I really need to be focusing on is my swim stroke so, you know, I don’t drown.

I Alt + Tabbed three times, dusted shelves, and had a conversation with my son while writing this.

My focus is a problem so this year I’m going to try to clean up those fuzzy edges and hone in on whatever it is I’m supposed to be doing instead of…

well, everything else.

What’s your word for the year?