My 2019 One Little Word: Grow

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Lean…Dream/Do…Progress…Venture…Grow. This is my 5th anniversary writing “One Little Word.” Time flies!

After leaning towards my dreams, doing what it took to jump-start my new career and lifestyle, progressing/moving towards my goals, venturing out and taking action…I’m ready to grow.

“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” The traditional interview question. I’d have to say that 5 years ago, I did see myself here — a reader, writer, lifelong learner, school librarian, mom, wife, grandma…Now I’m ready to grow.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a fabulous 2019!

 

 

 

Reflections: My OLW for 2018 – “Venture”

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My “One Little Word” for 2018 was VENTURE. As I look back over the year, I found that I ventured out more than I ever thought I would. I took risks and made mistakes; I laughed and I cried. I spent more time thinking and planning, but also “doing” in 2018. As I acted out each day, I found that “venture” was the perfect word to guide me.

I wrote for some new projects and I read 140 books this year. I was a member of another Kwame Alexander launch team – this time for the book, Swing (a wonderful and heart-wrenching book by Kwame and Mary Rand Hess).  I traveled to Michigan (for NerdCampMI), Texas (for #NCTE18), and Illinois (for RSAC) for professional development that proved (once again) to be highlights of my year. My friends and I created a proposal for #NCTE19, too, and I’m excited to see if we are accepted for a session.

I lost a job and found a new one — a relief and a dream all rolled up and presented to me as a gift from God. I love being a middle school librarian, and I am working hard to become a literacy leader in my new school. There’s so much more to come! I was able to keep my primary schools (that I oversee) as well, and that was a blessing.

My family encountered many blessings this year, as well: one engaged child, one college graduate, one college-bound child. I’m going to need to eat right and exercise more to keep up with these girls in the future. Health is an issue, always, so I move forward — setting new goals and tweaking my lifestyle just a little more than the year before. Keep moving! That’s the key going into 2019.

So 2018 was a year of adventures, and it was a fabulous year. I wish each of you Happy New Year and best wishes for 2019!

Now…what should my new OLW be?

 

One Little Word 2018: Venture

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My “One Little Word” for 2018 is VENTURE. I found my OLW easily this year; the past 3 words, Progress (2017), Dream (2016), and Lean (2015) led me to this one. The start of 2018 has already been a bumpy one, and there’s nothing I can do but move forward. I embrace the challenges, and I’m ready to make 2018 the best it can be.

My past words served me well, and now that I have a jump-start, I’m ready to tackle new adventures. VENTURE: defined as a noun on Google as 1) “a risky or daring journey or undertaking,” 2) “a business enterprise involving considerable risk.” As a verb, VENTURE means 1) “daring to do something or go somewhere that may be dangerous or unpleasant,” 2) “dare, be/make so bold as, presume.” VENTURE is the perfect word for me this year because that’s my plan: VENTURING out there, taking risks and presuming new roles.

I’ll write more specifically about these VENTURES as I move through the year. I look forward to the challenges ahead. Happy New Year!

 

 

Slice of Life Tuesday: Reflecting on My OLW for 2017

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Progress. My One Little Word for 2017 served me well. My goals to get the house in order, to present more professional development at school, and to travel to my favorite places all got the “Check” off the list.  As I said in January, “That’s me this year — ‘in progress.'”

Highlights included clearing clutter and completing maintenance in the house. Each month gave me a different task and celebration.We had 3 successful garage/yard sales and kept up with the yard using our new sprinkler system. Because the driveway took away part the hill from our side yard, mowing the grass was easier. I even organized the storage closet in November while looking for Christmas decorations.

I gained confidence as a presenter at my school with some interesting literacy professional development, and I even booked my first “gig” out-of-town as a presenter for reading workshop. I love sharing my learning with others. I hope to present much more in the coming year and beyond. My sixth grade students engaged in a Mock Caldecott unit of study, and we read a lot of books and wrote for many purposes. I wrote much more (well, not recently) and I was proud of my book reviews and guest blog posts (I’ll have another guest post tomorrow, in fact. Check out www.teachmentortexts.com). And…I landed my dream job as a librarian! That was the best part of 2017.

I ran around nearby cities to promote Kwame Alexander’s book, SOLO (he wrote with Mary Rand Hess).  I was selected to be on his Solo Launch Team, which was Absolutely Amazing! Although I missed the big party in New York City, I had a great time, and the book is awesome. Read it! (By the way, REBOUND — a companion to THE CROSSOVER —  will be out next year. Put that book on your list, too.)

My husband and I enjoyed a relaxing spring break in Florida, and I also traveled to Warsaw for All Write Institute, Chicago for the Scholastic Reading Summit, Michigan for NerdCampMI, and St. Louis for NCTE’s Annual Convention (where I reunited with my #G2great friends). Wow! What a year. I will keep up that same travel schedule in 2018, and hopefully add some more states to my “visited” list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a year of progress! I wonder…what should my One Little Word be for 2018?

 

 

One Little Word 2017: Progress

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olw2017progressMy One Little Word for 2017 is PROGRESS. I had a list of 15 words narrowed down to 6 a few days before the new year. On January 1st, I asked the family to vote. We chose from the words Learn, Explore, Journey, Progress, Change, and Purpose. Purpose has been a goal of mine for the last two years at my workplace, as one of the 5 Lenses of Instruction. However, it didn’t seem to fit my whole life. “Progress” is defined as a noun (movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage; advancement), a verb (to go forward; to grow or develop), and an idiom (“in progress” means going on; under way; being done; happening). That’s me this year — “in progress.”

The progress started last year: maintenance and fixes to the house are almost complete; traveling enhanced my teaching and personal life; personal professional development gave me a leap towards future endeavors. Yes, PROGRESS — ongoing work — is the key to my life in 2017.

I indulged in a Facebook “quiz” last week, which assigned me this quote, supposedly defining my year:

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I am no longer afraid of what might happen; I’m ready to tackle the future. So many things went right in 2016, and I’m ready to move forward, advance, grow. I will make PROGRESS this year!

Slice of Life Tuesday: OLW Checkpoint

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IMG_5345My One Little Word for this year met a fork in the road during the decision-making process, so I have two words: Dream and Do. My checkpoint for the 5 month mark made me marvelously excited!

  1. I dreamed of remodeling my house for years. We were finally able to DO the remodeling: kitchen/dining room paint, bedroom paint, furnace and air mechanics, and we put up a new roof! Progress!
  2. I dreamed of becoming a school librarian. I passed the courses, test, and added School Librarian to my NEW license!
  3. I dreamed of my children succeeding in school, and my youngest daughter graduated from high school last weekend.

I guess I picked the right word(s) this year! Thank you all for supporting me and sharing the joy!Slice of Life Small Logo

 

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!

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