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Word of the Year

JOY- that was my word for 2015. Instead of making a list of resolutions that would end up in the trash, I choose a word to live by for the whole year. I began this process several years ago when our whole team decided to give it a try. My first word in 2014 was DO. Why just one word you might ask? Choosing one word gives you focus, it becomes your mantra. Need inspiration? Think of your word. Stressed? Think of your word. One year I had a bracelet made with my word on it. Last year I embroidered my word and framed it and hung it near my desk.

Reflecting on 2015, I think I made my word proud. I found JOY in the teachers that I collaborated with throughout the county. I found JOY in guiding my teenage daughters into adulthood ...(well most of the time). Did I ever forget about my word? Yes, I did. Sometimes I got sidetracked for weeks! But it was always in the back of my mind, written in the margin of a notebook or hanging on the wall to remind me-JOY. Find JOY in all you do.

So, I've been giving my new word plenty of thought. It is not something to select carelessly, this needs to guide me for 365 days! As many of you know I love to read and learn new things. I even taught myself how to knit (only a scarf so far). This year it only seems appropriate that my word is LEARN. I want to learn to listen closer, learn to slow down, learn to appreciate more, learn alongside others. LEARN to learn and think. I've added it to the top of my newsletter to remind me every month, just in case I get sidetracked.

I'd love to know if any of you pick a word for the year. Please share with me the next time I see you!