Stay Curious and Be Consistent

The Recipe I’m Trying for 2023

Anum Hashim


The start of the year always has an exciting and fresh feel, a blank slate.

There are many ways to set yourself up for success in the new year. You can set goals, and action plans, assign KPIs, create a vision board, and set your intentions.

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One technique I have never tried before is choosing a Word of the Year or words for the new year.

The concept is simple. Instead of being inundated with intense goals and action plans that might fall apart by February, you only pick a word or a few words that will guide you throughout the year. These words are like a guiding light you can always return to if you veer yourself off the path.

How I found my words of the year

Reflecting back on the last few years, I thought about what worked for me and what didn’t work for me.

The last few years have thrown me (and others) into limbo. It’s been hard to find balance and adapt to the many changes.

While so many are still “returning to normal,” the concept of normal has also shifted.

While there has been growth in my life, it has been hard to show anything tangible that proves that I have grown and made progress.

I know that I’m taking better care of myself and being more present and intentional with my life and work. But sometimes I feel like I have nothing to show for it. I am constantly chasing after something new.

There have been highs and lows. But finally, there have been more and more moments of clarity that help me see that there is a path forward, albeit still a foggy path.

Curiosity has helped me grow.

I like to think of how I spent my time over the as a hands-on university.

After leaving the corporate world, I’ve dabbled in many “side hustles,” hoping to turn one into a full-time hustle.

I moved countries because it was a better opportunity for my husband’s career.

And then I dabbled back into corporate to see if I wanted to dip my toes into that pool again.



Anum Hashim

Finance professional / CPA on a break from corporate life. I write about money, productivity and life as a content creator.