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7 Female Entrepreneurs Share Their 2019 Word of the Year and Its Importance

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Many studies have shown that most people fail at keeping their New Years resolutions. According to one statistic reported by U.S. News and World Report, 80% of people will fail by the second week of February.


This year, instead of making a long list of resolutions that you will most likely not stick to, try something different. Think of a word or theme that you want to focus on all year. Choose a word that will positively impact your life as a whole. The key to this exercise is to choose only ONE word; not three or five things you want to focus on for the year. Choosing just one, will keep you from being overwhelmed. It will help you stay on track and will give you clarity as you make decisions throughout the year. Weave this word into your daily routine and lifestyle. If you stay consistent and always go back to your word throughout the year, you'll see significant changes in your life and business.

Here are seven female entrepreneurs who share their 2019 Word of the Year and Why.

FUN – “I feel like we put so much focus into achievement, and then again into shutting off.. but what happened to the fun? I plan to learn how to DJ and go to as many salsa, belly dance and African dance classes as possible."

- Sahara Rose, Best-selling Ayurveda Author and Host of Highest Self Podcast

CHOICE – “The power of Choice reminds us that in every situation or decision we always have at least two options when deciding our next action step and is the basis of living free. CHOOSING our actions empowers us to feel like we're involved in life's process, and not just taking what's being given our way, and in turn, offers us the opportunity to create the life we really desire to live."

- Sara Quiriconi, Founder and Creator of the Live Free Manifesto, Unfck Your Body Series, and Author of Living {Cancer} Free

MENTAL FREEDOM – “What I've witnessed with my clients and students in 2018 is a lot of internal struggle and desire to break free from the self-imposed chains that bind them - 2018 was all about planting the seeds of mental freedom and in 2019 those seeds grow to fruition! I believe we'll all feel more free to be our most authentic selves, self-doubt and self-judgment will dissipate, and all the "shoulds" we hold against ourselves won't carry as much weight."

- Dr. Deganit Nuur, DAOM, L.Ac., MSTOM, Clairvoyant, Acupuncturist, Metaphysical Teacher

CURIOUS – “ I believe that following our curiosity is what guides us naturally in the direction of our most aligned and fulfilling life. For me, staying curious means keeping an open heart and mind, which creates space for possibilities we didn't even know existed."

- Ruby Warrington, Founder of The Numinous and Author of Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All On The Other Side of Alcohol

WOMAN EMPOWERED – “Woman working together to raise each other and support one another dreams and efforts is what I am focused on for 2019."

- Sabra Seligman, Owner of Manna Life Food, Holistic wellness expert, Plant-based nutrition coach

FAITH – “There have been many years in my life where I have completely lost faith in myself, my health, my loved ones and my purpose. This past year was a process of rebuilding that faith and I want to establish a strong foundation of faith in 2019. Faith in myself, my strong body, the loves in my life and the work I am meant to do here on earth."

- Nitika Chopra, Talk Show Host & Chronic Illness Advocate

RESILIENCE - “In a culture where we duck and dive difficulty, turmoil or failure, it's important to recognize that avoiding said setbacks is futile. Victory and progress lie in the hands of those that acknowledge the role of failure as a mentor that builds our strength and character. In my opinion, resilience is the greatest quality one can possess because it makes the bounce back faster each and every time."

- Hugette Montesinos, CEO of Disfunkshion Magazine, Speaker, Educator

Try this exercise for yourself as you start the new year. Think of this word as a way to create a lasting lifestyle mindset shift, not a short-term personal development “diet". Write this word out, put it up in places where you will be reminded of it and think of the many ways that you can embody this word in your life.

Reflect on this word. Ask yourself the following questions:

Why did you choose this word?

What will you do to embody this word?

What books can you read or listen via audiobooks to stay focused on this word?

What podcasts or audiobooks can you listen to so that you stay focused on this word?

What activities can you engage in to stay focused on this word?

Who can you surround yourself with that will keep you focused on this word?

What events can you go to that will help to stay focused on this word?

What media can you watch to stay focused on this word?

Which social media accounts can you follow to keep you focused on this word?

How will this word affect how you show up in your life, business and relationships?

What affirmations can you recite each day that will keep you focused on this word?

How will your life positively change by staying focused on this word throughout the entire year?

Stay focused on your word of the year and you'll create lasting habits and mindset shifts that will positively impact your life and business!

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How Fitness Saved My Life and Became My Career

Sometimes it takes falling to rock bottom in order to be built back up again. I learned this many years ago when the life I'd carefully built for myself and my family suddenly changed. But in those times, you learn to lean on those who love you – a friend, family member or someone who can relate to what you've been through. I was lucky enough to have two incredible women help me through one of my lowest moments. They taught me to love myself and inspired me to pass on their lessons each day.


In 2010, I was a wife, a mother of 3, and had filtered in and out of jobs depending on what my family needed from me. At different points in my career, I've worked in the corporate world, been a stay-at-home mom, and even started my own daycare center. Fitness has always been a part of my life, but at that point being a mom was my main priority. Then, life threw a curveball. My husband and I separated, leading to a very difficult divorce.

These were difficult times. I lost myself in the uncertainty of my future and the stress that comes with a divorce and found myself battling anorexia. Over a matter of months, I lost 40 lbs. and felt surrounded by darkness. I was no longer participating in my health and all efforts to stay active came to a halt. I didn't want to leave my home, I didn't' want to talk to people, and I really did not want to see men. Seeing my struggles, first my sister and then a friend, approached me and invited me to visit the gym.

After months of avoiding it, my sister started taking me to the gym right before closing when it wasn't too busy. We started slow, on the elliptical or the treadmill. This routine got me out of the house and slowly we worked to regain my strength and my self-esteem. When my sister moved away, my good friend and personal trainer started working out with me one-on-one early in the morning, taking time out of her busy schedule to keep me on track toward living a healthy life once again. Even when I didn't want to leave the house, she would encourage me to push myself and I knew I didn't want to let her down. She helped me every step of the way. My sister and my friend brought fitness back into my everyday routine. They saved my life.

I began to rely on fitness, as well as faith, to help me feel like myself again. My friend has since moved away, but, these two women made me feel loved, confident and strong with their empowerment and commitment to me. They made such an incredible impact on me; I knew I needed to pay it forward. I wanted to have the same impact on women in my community. I started by doing little things, like running with a woman who just had a baby to keep her inspired and let her know she's not alone. I made sure not to skip my regular runs, just in case there was a woman watching who needed the inspiration to keep going. These small steps of paying it forward helped me find purpose and belonging. This gave me a new mentality that put me on a path to the opportunity of a lifetime – opening a women's only kickboxing gym, 30 Minute Hit.

About four years ago, I was officially an empty nester. It was time to get myself out of the house too and find what I was truly passionate about, which is easier said than done. Sitting behind a desk, in a cubicle, simply didn't cut it. It was hard to go from an active and chaotic schedule to a very slow paced, uneventful work week. I felt sluggish. Even when I moved to another company where I got to plan events and travel, it was enjoyable, but not fulfilling. I wanted to be a source of comfort to those struggling, as my sister and dear friend had been to me. I wanted to impact others in a way that couldn't be done from behind a desk.

When I heard about 30 Minute Hit, I was nervous to take the leap. But the more I learned about the concept, the more I knew it was the perfect fit for me. Opening my own gym where women can come to let go of their struggles, rely on one another and meet new people is the best way for me to pass on the lessons I learned during my darkest times.

Kickboxing is empowering in itself. Add to it a high energy, female-only environment, and you have yourself a powerhouse! The 30 Minute Hit concept is franchised all over North America, acting as a source of release for women who are just trying to get through their day. I see women of all ages come into my gym, kick the heck out of a punching bag and leave with a smile on their face, often times alongside a new friend. 30 Minute Hit offers a convenient schedule for all women, from busy moms to working women, to students and senior citizens. A schedule-free model allows members to come in whenever they have a free half hour to dedicate to themselves. Offering certified training in kickboxing and a safe environment to let go, 30 Minute Hit is the place for women empowerment and personal growth.

Through my journey, I have learned that everyone is going through something – everyone is on their own path. My motivating factor is knowing that I can touch people's lives everyday just by creating the space for encouragement and community. It's so easy to show people you care. That's the type of environment my team, clients and myself have worked hard to create at our 30 Minute Hit location.

Fitness saved my life. If it weren't for the empowering women who stepped up and brought fitness back into my life, I wouldn't be standing – in the door of my own business – today. The perfect example of women empowering women – the foundation to invincibility.