Episode 018: The Power of Setting A Yearly Focus Word [Podcast]

How to pick a word of the year! Happy New Year! For this episode of the Boss Mom Podcast, Dana and NJ are back with a bang and talking about their words of the year for 2016, why it’s important to share hobbies with your kids and their current TV crushes. Let’s dive right in!

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Dana and NJ talk about their word of the year.
  • Why NJ has two words for the year (hint hint… she’s got one for business and one for her personal life).
  • How to make your word of the year meaningful.
  • Why it’s okay if you don’t settle on a word of the year right away.
  • Why it’s important to share your hobbies with your kids.
  • Dana & NJ talk about their TV crushes… it’s adorable.


Recommended links and resources: 

The cutie The Flash

The cutie Coach Eric Tayor


Can I quote you on that? 

  • I realized I spent too much time and energy trying to make things happen instead of being patient to see how things would play out. – NJ
  • There has to be a why behind I everything do. Instead of throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks, I’m going to throw spaghetti at the wall because I know it will stick. -NJ
  • I spent some time not working with ideal clients last year. The work wasn’t meaningful to me. – NJ
  • I’m doing less this year, but I’m going to accomplish more. – Dana
  • Do less, but do it better. -Dana
  • I’m always a fan of any goal that includes the word napping. – NJ
  • Setting a word can be really powerful for your year. – Dana.
  • You’ve set a word for the year, but what are you going to to to make it purposeful for you? – Dana
  • A word can mean nothing or a word can mean everything. – Dana
  • Use your word of the year as a tool in your life, motherhood, relationships, and business. – NJ
  • I set my goals from a place where my word of the year lived. – NJ
  • There is nothing magical about January 1. – NJ
  • It’s okay to not settle on a word right away. – NJ
  • Let’s make 2016 the year we stop doing things that don’t matter to us. – Dana
  • Don’t just work with people that make your heart sing, bring that into your motherhood too. Share your hobbies with your kids! – NJ
  • With great power comes great responsibility. – Spiderman
  • Super Heroes are not my love language. – NJ

Connect with Dana & NJ

Dana: Instagram / Periscope (her total happy place)

NJ : Website / Instagram (her total happy place)

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What is your word of the year? How are you going to use it this year?

Are you Team Flash or Team Coach Taylor? Who is your TV crush?

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  1. Word Of The Year 2016 - A Cookie Before Dinner on January 15, 2016 at 2:02 am

    […] I recently talked my word of the year on the Boss Mom podcast with Dana Malstaff. You can catch that here.  […]

  2. Leah on November 21, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I am so stealing NJ’s words of the year for 2017! I just listened to this episode this morning (I kind of worked my way backwards in the podcast numbers)your personal word really hit home. I need to learn to be happy with my business where it is and know that it will grow in time. No one started a business and was able to quite there job the same week due to the about of income they made.

    I had been listening to the podcast for about 3 months now and it has been such a blessing to me! So many blogs or podcasts don’t give hope to the “little people” who are doing everything for themselves and do not have the money to pay someone yet. I love the Dana and NJ moments, I helps me realize you are “normal” people like us and you just have to work through what life brings you. Love listening to you girls.

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