What's Your Word in 2021?

Managing Real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker Realty VA #0225181914
Happy New Year!
There is something special about the start of a new year. Like the first page of a new calendar, it is empty and blank, ready to be filled in with new activities. Each empty box represents another possibility. Although it looks like there are a lot of them (365 to be exact!), every December I say the same thing, "where did the year go?" 
Filling in the calendar boxes with events to look forward to (a vacation, birthday, an anniversary) is motivating in the middle of a cold winter, or a super stressful time. There is something to work towards and be excited about, and something to plan for. We may need to start preparing in advance for the event, so seeing it on the calendar is a reminder of how much time we have left to do so. Even when we aren't ready, the time still comes!
This industry is driven by time. Time is of the essence. Whether we are responding to a phone call or email, scheduling an appointment, writing an offer, or fulfilling a contract obligation we have to be cognizant of time. No matter what, we still have just 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, approximately 30 in a month, and 365 days in a year.  Of those hours and days we do many things. We have to balance our personal lives and professional ones. We need time with family, friends, and clients, and time alone. We take care of others but have to remember to take care of ourselves first and foremost. When time is short our time carved out for ourselves is usually the first sacrificed.
Social media posts asking people what their 'word" is for the year ahead has been a popular trend over the past few years. Rather than making a list of resolutions, which tend to be shed off as time goes on, you choose a word to define your focus and expression. Your word should help motivate you towards achieving your goals and guide your actions and activities. Instead of making a "to do" or "to don't" list, we use our mindset to drive us.
My word for 2021 is Intention. If each new day I am open to being content, fulfilled,  growing both personally and professionally, and making a conscious decision to be happy then I see a great year ahead of me! Time is something we never get back and is one thing I wish I could rewind or slow down. With my oldest daughter about to graduate from college and my father turning 92, time is something I think more about now.
I have a tendency to waste time on things that I could easily outsource, use down time ineffectively, and procrastinate at times so get stressed out when I am up against deadlines. I am filled with resolve, determination, and new goals this year, so will strive to be more intentional and make the most effective use of my time as much as I can. Not only will my focus be greater on the things that help me professionally, but this will help give me more time with those I love.
What is your word for 2021?
Posted by

Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Branch Vice President

Coldwell Banker Realty

Woodbridge, VA


You know that joke, "My mind is like my web browser. 19 tabs are open, 3 are frozen and I have no idea where the music is coming from"? - yeah, that's me. So many thoughts and ideas I need a place to write them down since no one will give me my own reality tv show. I am passionately addicted to helping others achieve success. I'm out to change the world one happy person at a time by sharing my knowledge, my heart, and my sense of humor each and every day.

Comments (6)

June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Ellicott City, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

My word for 2021 is gratitude.  Sometimes we forget to be grateful for the people and things in our lives.  Sometimes life has a way of slapping us upside the head and reminding us.  A year ago I was only working real estate part-time and working a job, I got hurt on the job and during that treatment, they found out I had endometrial cancer.  By February I had a full hysterectomy and was off for 8 weeks.  I learned who I could depend on, who my true friends were and I am forever grateful for them in my life.  I lost my husband to cancer 4 years ago and this was a sign that I needed to be more in tune and grateful, so, a year later my word is gratitude.  

Jan 03, 2021 12:45 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

Hi June! I am so glad you have made a recovery yourself, and am so sorry your husband lost his battle. Thank you for the reminder to practice gratitude everyday.

Jan 03, 2021 01:30 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy


Just When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In!  LOL

Jan 03, 2021 01:10 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski

That sounds like a great word! Will it happen?


Jan 03, 2021 01:31 PM
Brad Thomsen
Big Bear Realty - Edmonds, WA
Real Estate Services

Great post today.

Wishing you a Terrific 2021

Happy Selling!

Jan 03, 2021 02:55 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Chrissi,  Thanks for sharing this great post.  My word this year is encourage - I want to be a source of encouragement for others.  Encourage my family to follow their dreams.  Encourage my staff to do their best work.  Encourage myself to be the best me I can be.

Jan 03, 2021 06:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Chrissy- Very thought provoking. I suppose my word would have to be NOW because it's all we have. For me, it's enjoying where I am and what I'm doing. 

Jan 03, 2021 06:42 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My word is FORWARD! And, yes, with the exclamation mark. We have a competitive market...always. We have a weird health danger lurking around us. Forward is the only way to move and meet these challenges head-on and finish a fulfilling year.

Jan 19, 2021 03:53 PM