Back in January, for the third year in a row, I chose a word and colour for the year. I like the simplicity of a single word to keep top of mind, and the power and symbolism of a single colour. The exercise also helps me to follow through on my priorities. It’s halfway through 2021, and this is how I’m feeling about my choices so far.

Word: Achieve

I chose the word ACHIEVE because I feel energized to define and develop my next set of deliverables as an inclusive fashion professional who is passionate about the fact that having a fab-for-you personal style and effectively managing your wardrobe are skills that can be learned. The main project I’m working on is going well, but had to go on pause when we got new puppy Jo in April. I hope to get back to it in a couple of months, and launch by the end of the year.

Now that I’m fully vaccinated, the goal is to go on a few important trips that were put on hold because of the pandemic. Top of the list is seeing my Dad in the Netherlands, and I’m actually with him right now.

Working with my clients in person was another thing I wanted to achieve this year. After 15 months of working from home, I’m cautiously back to shopping and working with clients in stores and in their homes. It’s been fabulous, and I realize how much I missed this part of my work.

Colour: Citron

I chose citron because it’s a cheerful colour that’s associated with sunshine, warmth, happiness, energy, positivity, hope, and enlightenment. It’s also a signature colour for my style. I’ve bought a citron handbag, a lemon cardigan that I wear as a top, added citron accents to our home, and filled the house with yellow tulips and daisies during the Spring. I’m considering the pale yellow loafers below. They aren’t exactly citron, but close enough. I also continue to wear a lot of the bright citron items in my wardrobe. So far, citron has been well represented during 2021.

Pink was runner up as my colour of the year. I’m very drawn to shades of pink this year, and have occasionally chosen pink flowers over yellow and orange ones. For my wardrobe refresh, pink has featured quite strongly too. Here are the items, and I hope to add a blush pink coat in Winter.

Over to you. Would you like to reflect on how your word and colour for 2020 are shaping up?