Word of the Year

Here it is, a new year. As I work through my PowerSheets and pray over the year ahead, I want to take a look back on the prayers and hopes I had in the last two years.

In 2016, my word of the year was prosper.

(verb) the condition of being successful or thriving

I wanted my relationships, career, finances, and everything in between to be prosperous - and it was. That year wasn't proclaimed for me to experience success but more so to glorify God with my blessings. Each area of my life was under extreme pressure and required not only my attention but discernment to do the right things and devote the time required. I think you can almost describe this last year as one of harvest. 

In 2017, my word of the year was value

(noun) the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth

        (verb) consider to be important or beneficial

This word encapsulated everything I wanted to be, give, do, and feel. The word value brought it altogether. I prayed for a desire to be a person of value, give value, do things of value, and fully believe my value through my faith in Jesus Christ. 

For 2018, my word of the year is surrender

(verb) cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority.

(verb) leave behind, relinquish

Some may see the word "surrender" and immediately think "defeat". I choose however, to view the word as almost a form of relief or liberation. I want to "let go" of control, "submit" to God's authority, "back down" from using my strong-willed ways in haste, "yield" to what's real, and "give up" insecurity for true self-love. 

The Importance of a Professional Email Address

Which business would you choose to contact given the following email address: hello@ashleechu.com or cheekyash16@example.com? I would assume you’d choose the first one. This is because we feel a branded, more professional email makes a business or person appear more credible. It may seem insignificant but an email reaches far beyond your inbox. Essentially, your email address is your first impression, builds your credibility, and promotes a certain level of trust. On the other hand, an unprofessional or unbranded email address is not a great way for job seekers or business owners to present themselves. 


Ask yourself this question: What impression does my email address create? A professional email indicates you are established and professional. A cryptic or general email may project inexperience or even worse, raise doubts on whether you're serious or real.


As email scams continue to rise, many individuals may not be comfortable emailing their information or doing business with cheekyash16@example.com. A professional email however, will provide a sense of security and reassurance. 


You can create a professional email address with ease through Google (my personal preference) for free or other email providers like Yahoo and Microsoft Outlook. To create a custom domain, you can utilize a service from Google, G Suite for a reasonable cost.  

If you are a job seeker, you want to make it as easy as possible for a potential employer to associate you with what you do. If your email address is cryptic or dated, I suggest you create a new email address (it can be temporary while applying for a job or permanent) and use your name. Take me for example, I might consider ashleechu@example.com. If it's not available, try variations that include your first and last name. This will make it easier for prospective employers to find you in their inboxes.

Remember, when you provide your email address, it's a representation of you. 




R É S U M É   R E F R E S H

My 5-Step Guide to Goal Setting


One thing I enjoy about new seasons are new opportunities (goals).

I have made goals that were never presented in prayer and have absolutely nothing to do with my faith. When I worked towards those goals, I did it out of my own strength. When I talked about those goals, it was for the approval of others or for self-seeking reasons. When I met those goals, I never felt full. Those goals showed me everything. For me, the one thing, the only thing worth working towards is God.

Because of this, I personally pray over every goal I set for myself. I pray for discernment if that specific goal will bring glory to Christ, will be me and those are me joy, and if it is something I should actively work towards. With the goals I do move forward with, this is my personal process of goal setting...

STEP ONE: Write it all down

Basically, this is a huge brain dump. Anything and everything that comes to mind, write it down. Whether it have to do with relationships, health, work, faith, hobbies, education, or fitness - write it down. Anything you want to do, see, or learn is fair game.

STEP TWO: Prioritize

Think of this as a process of elimination. Personally, I like to highlight or circle the top things I have written down (from Step 1) in each category. Then, I take those selected items, write them down on a separate sheet of paper, and prioritize (rank) them using a traditional number system. 


Once you've prioritized the areas you want to focus on, you can then state your goal. For example, if you want to use your hours outside of work for effectively, your goal could be something along the lines of "Be purposeful with my personal time"

STEP FOUR: GOAL Create action items

For each goal you have list a minimum of two action items which are related to your goal. For example, if your goal is to earn a promotion or learn a new skill, an action item could be to prepare a proposal and portfolio or enroll in an online class. These action items are what you do on a regular basis to work towards achieving your goal.

STEP FIVE: Reevaluate

Every month or quarter, set aside the time to track your progress. An good way to accomplish this is by referencing your Goals List, along with your related Action Items, and evaluate your current status with your goals. If you haven't reached them quite yet, don't panic. Adjust your action items or the goal itself and proceed. If you've reached your goal, congratulations!  

If you have a process that's worked well for you, please share in the comments below! 

Gift Guide: Hostess Edition

Shopping, wrapping, giving, cooking, and gatherings? Oh my! With all you have on your schedule, there is no need to add anymore stress what you go to a holiday party. Instead, here are a list of hostess gift ideas AND they're all under $25.

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Gift Guide: Work Edition

Gifts for your co-workers, even your boss, can become more stressful than it needs to be. My advice, is to think of a few items that you yourself like to use at work (i.e. chargers and planners) then just go from there! Below are a list of gift ideas for anyone at work AND they're all under $20.

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