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Posted on Jan 3, 2020

What’s Your Word for 2020?

While chatting about the new year, Margaret suggested writing about everyone’s “word for the year.” I like this idea a lot, mainly because writing resolutions can sometimes overwhelm me—it’s like, what do I want to accomplish this year? I don’t know, everything! Distilling my thoughts and feelings down to a single word feels simpler, less extreme, a bit more focused.

My word came to me this week while I was running with my dog on a mountain trail. We had already been out for a decent amount of time, my legs were aching, my dog was more interested in sniffing and peeing on things than in running, and the top of the ridge was only a couple hundred yards away—we were basically to the top! 

I almost decided to turn back. But then I thought about how much better it would feel to actually finish the trail’s climb, rather than just turning back when the end was in sight and calling it good.

This is a long way of saying that my word for 2020 is “finish.” I have started a lot of different creative and professional projects over the past few years, but many of them remain half completed. While I know that the process is often more critical than the product, I want 2020 to be my year to actually do the thing. I want to feel the satisfaction that comes with standing before my finished products.

Below are the Pickett Street team’s words for the new year, if you’re curious. 

Also, if your word for 2020 happens to be “invest,” or “adventure,” or anything else that has to do with buying or selling a home, reach out to the team at or (425) 502-5397.

Jesse D. Moore, Team Leader/Owner

My word for the year is “propulsive”. I knew that I wanted to focus on something like “forward”, but that wasn’t intentional enough. In my research I came across “propulsive”, which means “driven forward.” Following my year of “intention” I want to move my trajectory forward, but it requires action on my part. I’m the one that has to dig in and make sure to push forward, changing the velocity of my momentum in that direction. 

I’m a pretty ridiculous procrastinator, and that’s not going to change overnight. Like eating an elephant though, I’ve been taking small bites to change this behavior. I started a few months ago by getting up at 5:15am 3 days a week to get my morning workout in. I realize also that my kids are learning from my example, so I’m going to stop walking by things that need to be picked up, or moved, or cleaned up, and make my environment better for everyone around me (and myself). 

Amanda Condyles, Client Care Specialist

I’m choosing two words: “present” and “persistent.” Being a high driver and very type A, I find myself constantly making checklists, thinking of what didn’t get done or what needs to get done, and making plans. These things aren’t wrong, but they do lead to a life of anxiety and a lack of presence. This year, I will be more intentional about being in the moment, exactly where I am. My affirmation for the year is, “I am present only where my feet are planted.” Bring it on 2020! 

Daniel Wessel, Investor Specialist & Listing Agent

My word for 2020 is “pattern.” While plans and goals are just one time things that go away, patterns have a sense of permanence. Establishing patterns is more difficult because it requires repetition and training until the pattern is woven into behavior and becomes natural.  

Jessica Townsel, Buyers Agent

2019 was a year of growing and stretching for me. My word for 2020 is “GRIT.” To me, grit refers to the mental toughness and passion that propels me. An overthinker by nature, I second guess myself too often. Having grit is a strategic choice I’ve made to push the bar higher, to be willing to make sacrifices when needed, and to consistently work hard!  

Christina Jagels, Command Central Captain

My word is “become.” This word is special as this year I am finding myself… It’s been a long journey and it’s time to initiate blast off. 

What’s your word for 2020? Feel free to share by commenting on this post or dropping a line to Pickett Street at or (425) 502-5397.

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