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!

SOLSC Day 26: Spring Plans

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Slice of Life Small LogoThank you to the ladies at Two Writing Teachers (www.twowritingteachers.wordpress.com) for hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Spring Plans

Spring brings about change — in weather, in activities, in attitude. This spring I have several plans. Let’s call this my public “to-do” list:

* Clean this house! My OLW (One Little Word) this year is LEAN. I want to keep decluttering; I’m getting there.

* Spruce up and repair the outside. We need some maintenance on the house, especially since all of our gates along the fence are broken. Planting flowers would add some much-needed color to our house.

* Travel: spring break in Florida, coming right up! Yay! I cannot wait to experience some of those wonderful rays of sun and the pool.

* Exercise outside. This is the perfect time of year to set new goals for my LEAN body. I want to work out with the track team at the school’s track. I can’t run (knees), but I could sure do for some brisk walks. My husband plays softball, so maybe I could help him warm up by playing catch or fielding some softballs during the team’s practices.

* Get ready for SUMMER! I hope to stay active this summer. It’s so much better for the mind, body, and soul. No more sicknesses!

Now that I’ve written it down, it should all happen. Let’s see if this strategy works.

 

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!

 

 

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