One Little Word. LEAN. My chosen word for 2015. I looked back at my posts about LEAN and found I have almost accomplished my two goals: 1) Lose Weight/Be Healthy and 2) Lean Towards the Future and Live My Dreams. I’m satisfied with my goal choices; I could have done better on both. But it wasn’t a bad year, like the two before. It was a satisfactory year.
Lose Weight/Be Healthy
Overall, I’ve lost 8 pounds since last December. I ate better, more healthy foods, and cut down on junk food, for the most part. I tried to eat salads, chicken, and other healthy meals as much as possible. My goal to exercise more failed, but I’ll work on that. I do feel like I’m healthier than last year, but stress plays a big part, so I struggle still.
Lean Towards the Future/Live My Dreams
I DID attend the NCTE Annual Conference this year (which I missed last year), as well as the All Write Institute, and I met some awesome people from Twitter chats and blogging in person! Meeting friends was the most important and best part of my year! They are now real, not virtual friends, and my life has changed so much because I met them. I started using more technology outside my classroom, and I’m still hoping to learn more to bring technology inside my classroom in the coming year. I’m living my dreams — I’ve written more and I’m sharing more, so becoming a “true” writer is no longer a dream, but reality.
I’m still thinking about my OLW for 2016. I’ll have to decide soon! (Maybe “decide” should be the word! LOL)
PS: CONGRATULATIONS to the ladies at Two Writing Teachers blog! They won the BEST group blog this year! I’m so happy to be a little part of your awesome world. Thank you for hosting!
December 22, 2015 at 11:16 PM
I loved meeting you at All-Write, Jennifer. What a good time it was there. Congrats on the loss of 8 pounds. That’s a lot, and keeping healthy is the important part too, isn’t it? Doing more for your future ‘leaning’ like NCTE & All-Write, more PD & writing is awesome. This year’s word for me didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. Some years are like that. I need to choose my next one, too. Best wishes in that, and Merry, Merry Christmas!
December 23, 2015 at 11:38 AM
Merry Christmas, Linda!
December 23, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Meeting like minded people is a true gift. Those friendships are way more important than what the scale says. And kudus to you for overall healthy leanings.
December 23, 2015 at 11:38 AM
Thank you! Yes, friendships are the best!
December 23, 2015 at 10:13 AM
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my year of Reach. I haven’t written yet but I will. I appreciate your honest reflection her about your little word. It’s interesting to me how one word can take on so much. I wish we had met at NCTE. So many wonderful connections happen through blogging with TWT. It has truly changed my life. Peace!
December 23, 2015 at 11:39 AM
I certainly feel like we are destined to meet! Pick a conference or workshop in 2016!