How my 2019 Theme has Changed My Life in Less Than One Month

How my 2019 Theme has Changed My Life in Less Than One Month

Wondering why I started this blog? As a multi-passionate creative, I used to be plagued by the idea that success meant choosing one thing and sticking with it. The problem was choosing just “one thing” left me unable to show up in the world as my most authentic, full self. One day I woke up and decided to finally embrace and share all of my gifts. My next thought: I should start a blog as a space for my passions to play. I never looked back after that moment. 

psst. over here.

For the third year in a row, I’ve chosen a theme for the year instead of making New Year’s Resolutions. Choosing a theme for the year is a powerful process. It sets the tone for the choices we’ll make, our focus, and how we show up in the world.

Read on the learn what my theme for the year is and how my theme has changed my life in less than one month.

In my previous post I shared that instead of setting goals for January, I focused on choosing a theme for the year. My 3-day choose a theme challenge helped me take intentional steps towards gaining a greater focus on what I want to manifest in my life and within myself this year.

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How my theme for 2019 has changed my life in LESS THAN ONE MONTH!

Ah, yes. The Year of Exponential Growth. It’s one heck of a theme right?! I chose this theme for 2019 because I knew that it would require a lot of me. In order to achieve exponential growth, I’ll need to adopt new habits and let go of those holding me back. I’ll need to invite new routines and systems that can lend themselves to my (exponential) growth.

What exponential growth means to me

While I’m all about small incremental changes that take shape over time, this year, I want to aim for growing at a rapid pace. So far this has meant:

  • Taking bigger risks
  • Asking better questions
  • Aggressively seeking opportunities
  • Collaborating with others


I say “so far” because, hey, it’s only the end of January. One of the reasons I stand behind the idea of choosing a theme for the year is because a theme continues to take shape as the year progresses.

I have no doubt that my definition of what it means to grow exponentially will change along different points on my journey through the seasons.

I chose Exponential Growth as my theme for the year, here's how it's changed my life in less than one month!

My theme for the year vision board hanging above my desk.

Now that you know what my theme for 2019 is, let’s talk about how that little voice in my head whispering exponential growth is influencing me thus far. There are successes as well as failures. I’m brave enough to share both.

Let’s start with the struggles so that we can end on a high note, shall we?

Struggles that come with choosing exponential growth as my theme


  • My subconscious is freaking out and wants to sabotage me in order to stay comfortable. (This could be a blog post all on its own, ya’ll. It’s wild!)


  • Habits that were not a problem for me before are suddenly becoming red flags. They uphold the status quo rather than promote advancement, and that’s a no-no.


  • I’ve had to turn down invitations to go on trips with friends in order to focus on growing my business. (Luckily I have amazing friends who understand and don’t take it personally.)


  • Impostor syndrome is in full effect because I’m taking bigger risks than ever.


  • I feel scared 80% of the time because nobody grows exponentially by playing it safe.


So, yeah. This is going to be an interesting year. Sleeping in on the weekends feels counterproductive. Overindulging during a fun night out has become less desirable. I can’t afford to spend any of my days nursing hangovers.

I’m constantly talking to strangers and showing up as an expert in my field, even when I feel like a total impostor on the inside. The list goes on.

Why it's not too late to CHOOSE A THEME FOR 2019.

I want you to know that striving for exponential progress has its hiccups. I also want you to know that focusing on growth is massively rewarding.

How focusing on my theme of exponential growth is having a positive impact on my life

  • I’ve grown increasingly curious about everyone around me.


  • I truly believe positive opportunities are surrounding me at every moment.


  • I watch less TV and more inspirational YouTube videos and online courses. (Should I share my faves in a blog post?)


  • I’ve been engaging in more positive self-talk and focusing on feeling worthy.


  • My first article has been published in print in Mantra Wellness Magazine.


  • Had my first podcast interview and already have a second one on my schedule.


  • I’ve been collaborating with fellow creatives more than ever before.


  • The importance of diet and exercise can no longer be ignored. I’m finally making changes that I’ve avoided in the past.


As you can see, though there are moments where I feel like exponential growth is going to strip all the fun out of my life, there are also moments when I feel more boss than ever. All in all, I’m confident that choosing the theme of exponential growth for the year was the right choice for where I am on my journey.

Next month I’ll be going back to setting monthly goals, all the while keeping my theme for the year in mind. I look forward to sharing the evolution of my exponential growth with you throughout the year.

Did you choose a theme for 2019? I would love to hear what it is in the comments.

If you haven’t chosen a theme for the year yet, why not join my free 3-day challenge that will walk you through each step. Whether you’re reading this in January, or in May, a year is still a cycle of 365 days. You get to choose when you begin again.

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Until next time, keep growing.

  1. Chantel

    January 22nd, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    So excited for you and everything that is in your future! I can’t wait to see where this year leads you!

  2. D'Ana Joi

    January 22nd, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks so much, Chantel! The cool thing about sharing everything publicly is that I REALLY want to live up to my theme. Going to do all I can to keep this momentum going. Appreciate your support lady!

  3. Chantel

    January 22nd, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I know you can do it!

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