2016. A new year. A new focus. A new journey. Where will this year take me? As I was thinking about writing this first post, I was thinking about the New Year and New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t usually make them, because after just a few short weeks, I have usually broken them. Then, as I was looking through some conversations on various Twitter chats, I came upon some posts about #oneword2016. I thought that this path might be better for me instead of a bunch of things that I probably would not follow through on anyway.
So, once I decided to focus on “one word”, the challenge for me really began. How was I going to decide just one word? I thought about what I really wanted to accomplish this year in all aspects of my life: family, work, and personal time. I thought, and thought, and thought (you get the idea). Now it is half way through the month, and I think I finally have my word. Drum roll please…. My #oneword2016 is Growth.
Why Growth? Well, there are so many things I want to do and learn this year in all areas of my life. For example, I want to figure out how I can balance work, home and personal time more efficiently. As any working adult with a family knows, it is sometimes hard to just sit and relax. For me I sometimes feel a little guilty when I just want to sit and read, watch a movie or TV or play games. We all need this time to just stop and think, and rejuvenate ourselves. I know for myself, that if my weekend is filled with hustle and bustle, it is sometimes reflected in how much I get accomplished at work.
Secondly, growth will help me focus on my work. In what areas do I want to learn more? How can I learn more about my faith to help those in my youth groups grow in their faith also? There are many areas of education that I hope to learn more about with the help of my PLN. For example Standards Based Learning, Badges, PBL, Genius Time and a few others. What books will I read to help me grow as a professional. I don’t have as many opportunities to take part in Twitter chats this year in real time, but am going to make sure that I look back at the archives.
Lastly, I hope that my growth will help me to work with others to help better serve those that are not as fortunate as myself. I am not always very comfortable working with those that might be homeless, or in nursing homes. My youth group really wants to live out the Year of Mercy by helping those less fortunate. As we plan for some work in our area, I know that not only will I be growing in my faith, but will also be helping others in this Year of Mercy.
I hope that your year will be one of great promise, and if you chose “one word” for the year, that your word helps you focus on the important things in your life.