OLW 2017

This is my third year of not having a typical New Year’s Resolution.  When I made those resolutions, they lasted maybe a month.  One Little Word has been very different – life changing (as cliche as it sounds).    My words changed me, helped me grow into the person I wanted to become.  They helped me heal.  The OLW and the meaning behind it was my guide through the year.

In reality, the word never leaves me.  Two years ago my word was fierce. Last year it was open.  I still carry those words with me.    They have become part of me.

The past several years have been about surviving  – through the week, through the day, through the moment.  And now, I’ve survived, healed, and accepted myself.

I am fierce.  I am open.

And this year,

I will flourish.

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Troy is the most amazing child I have ever met.   I realize that I am biased, but he is special.  I need to remember that regardless of all of the mistakes I have made and will continue to make, he is a good kid.  I want to continue to encourage him to be himself: that creative, unique boy, mismatched socks and all.

A Library!  I want a library in my house!  It needs to have lots of high shelves, filled with books.  And a ladder!  A sliding ladder!  I will have one of these one day!

“I love crazy!”  Do you know where this is from? Frozen.   Toward the end of the school year my co-teacher and I were listening to Disney Pandora when I heard this line.  Immediately I said, “That is what I we need! Well…we each need separate guys that like our kind of crazy.”  (or something like that) And so, I will settle for nothing less than someone who loves my kind of crazy!

OPEN is my One Little Word for 2016.  If you don’t know about this idea, I would suggest looking into it.   It has honestly changed me much more than any resolution I have ever made.

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If you are a teacher, you know why this is part of my virtual vision board.  Standing up for what you think is best for the kids isn’t easy, but I can’t stop questioning.

“Be Someone’s Crazy Aunt!”  I think I’ve got this one covered and, coincidentally, I just got confirmation this weekend.  I was at my grandparents house and so was my sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews.  I got up to get something to drink from inside and my four year old nephew took my seat.  So, of course I made a big deal of it, sat next to the chair, and stuck my feet (my bare, stinky, dirty feet) in his face.  He looked at me and said, “You’re weird!”  SCORE!

Use Your Words:  I just finished this book yesterday and it has been so motivational and though provoking.  It is a symbol to keep writing, make time for it.  More posts about this are in progress!

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

“Keep on believing.”

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2016: OPEN

2015’s OLW:  FIERCE

I took my word to heart and I changed a great deal because of it.  Not every part of what the I intended for the word stuck, for example ferocity in terms of my health.  However, One Little Word stuck way longer and stronger than any resolution I have ever made, so 2016’s OLW needed to happen.

OPEN

I will be open…

  • to new experiences.

  • to new opportunities.

  • to changes.

  • to people.

  • to putting myself first.