In keeping with the word of the year, I am approaching life fearlessly. For me, this means being honest and true to myself. Often, I sacrifice my wants and needs for the sake of others. This is typical – it’s a human behavior. But I can’t live life afraid to say what needs to be said, when it needs to be said. The trick is to be diplomatic from the get-go…I’m still struggling with not allowing my initial reaction to be mean in response (defense mechanism) but to be able to be assertive, while tending to the other person’s emotions (as well).