Happy New Year! My One Little Word (OLW) for 2016

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I have been carefully pondering what my One Little Word will be this year, but yesterday I could not make a decision to save my life . Today I still cannot choose; there is a tie. A stalemate. A deadlock. After reading that a few friends chose multiple words to guide their years, I decided that I will have two words. It will be fine, because one of the words will be my inspiration, and the other will force me to act.

Dream and Do are my OLWs for 2016.

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Dream — I’m finally starting to live my current dreams: writing to publish, looking for the joy in life, and finding new opportunities to travel.

DO olw 2016Do — Dreams don’t come true unless there’s execution. Want to write to publish? Submit work. Want to find the joy in life? Create happiness. Want to travel to new places? Get moving.

Happy 2016! It’s going to be a great year!

Slice of Life Tuesday: 2015 Annual Report

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Slice of Life Small LogoI received this funky little Annual Report today from WordPress. Perfect timing! I’ll share my year of blogging with my blogging friends. After all, YOU helped make this blog what it is! Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to sharing and learning much more in 2016.

This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2015. There were 67 pictures uploaded. The busiest day of the year was June 28th with 53 views. The most popular post I wrote was “Reflections from the All Write Institute — #3.” (You can review that post here. It is one of my favorites, too!) My most-viewed posts came after workshops and conferences, All Write Institute and NCTE 2015. I was fortunate to attend both and I learned so much and met so many people (and fell in love all over again with my old pals).

The best day of the week to see a new post here is Tuesday. Of course! That’s “Slice of Life” day, where I post with Two Writing Teachers blog. (Check it out here.) This blog won the BEST GROUP BLOG for teachers in 2015, and I’m so happy to be a part of their world! Thank you, ladies! You rock my blogging world, that’s for sure.

The top referring sites in 2015 were: Twitter.com, Linkis.com, Facebook.com, Bookwhisperer.com (Thanks, Donalyn!), and discoveredjewels.blogspot.com (Thank you, Ms. Kelly!). People from 78 countries in all visited my site. Wow! My most active commenters were friends from Two Writing Teachers blogs. I highly recommend their blogs, as well: elsietrieswriting (lcinmo.wordpress.com), Tara Smith (ateachinglifedotcom.wordpress.com), Ramona (pleasuresfromthepage.blogspot.com), and To Read To Write To Be (jarhartz.wordpress.com).

What a wonderful year!

 

 

Jennifer’s One Little Word for 2015

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LEAN: My one little word for 2015. I chose my OLW easily, based on my goals: 1) Lose weight and be more healthy/lean, the “staple” New Year’s goal, and 2) lean towards the future and live my dreams.

Lean is a multiple-meaning word; I like a word that is short, yet complex — like me. I feel like I’m living multiple lives right now, with home and work/school and my dream life of becoming a writer, and this word that means so much emulates me this year. There are so many OLW choices, and as I read others’ posts, I say to myself, “Yes, that’s a good one, too.” I love reading about the reasons people chose their One Little Word. I feel inspired and hopeful and excited for the future. My reasons, and my word, LEAN, are simple, but complex.

LOSE WEIGHT AND BE HEALTHY

The adjective, lean, means “thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat.” (Google it!) Although I do want to lose weight, and walk (or run?) in the local Sunburst races in June, I love that lean means healthy. I am a terrible emotional eater, and this past year I gained more weight than ever. I definitely intend to lose weight, however, I really want to be healthy instead of just thin. I’m off to a good start here — 24-Day Advocare Challenge and T25 workouts — fairly simple to start, but also to maintain. I’m not one to stay with a program of dieting or exercise, and this is only 25 minutes, and I’m still eating, just better food! (I say this now — talk to me in March to check on my progress — LOL.) LEAN = fit. I’m ready to be fit.

Bonus: “Having no superfluous fat” also inspires me to clean the clutter in my house. I’ve done a pretty good job so far cleaning out old papers, organizing books and household items. Of course, it’s an ongoing process.

LEAN TOWARDS THE FUTURE/LIVE MY DREAMS

Lean is also a verb meaning to “be in or move into a sloping position.” I really like the way I’m “moving into” a position of forward direction in my life. Not bent over, not standing still, but I am leaning towards the future, not looking back. One of my drawbacks in the past is that I have dreamed without acting. I’m ready to change that. I want to write, I want to travel, I want to learn more about life outside of Indiana– it’s all going to happen this year! One of the ways to meet my writing goal is to post more on this blog. I have scheduled time to write and I have topic ideas. I thank all of my writing buddies at “Slice of Life” (www.twowritingteachers.wordpress.com) and Twitter for their supportive and motivating comments. Now I can write about my One Little Word, LEAN, as well. So many topics, so little time! (Well, a year is an ample amount of time, right?) This is my start!

Another Bonus: Another adjective for lean is “efficient and with no waste.” I love it! I’m not wasting time or money. I started a “save jar” for my traveling funds. When do the plane tickets go on sale?

I found some quotes to motivate me to keep my OLW, LEAN, as a priority:

“Lean is about being an athlete, not a skeleton.” (Sami Niemela, designer and co-founder of Nordkapp, in Finland)

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” (Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook)

Looking for a visual, I found The Leaning Tower of Pisa — one of the landmarks I want to visit someday. When I look at this Britannica pic, I think of my goals.

Exterior of the Leaning tower of Pisa

LEAN. That’s my One Little Word for 2015. Have a great year, everyone!

 

 

Back to Business: 2015, Here we go!

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Welcome to 2015! Even though it’s the 8th already, it’s a snow day here, so I am able to read and write on my own this morning!

Happy New Year! I’m wishing you all the best in 2015! Live your dreams!

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