Now: One word for 2018

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My one word this year is “now”.

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Why one word?

I don’t know about you, but resolutions are too much for me. My list is too long and therefore unmanageable and unrealistic. One word allows me to use it as a reminder to guide me towards achieving what I want. If I make a list of all the things I want to accomplish, I’ll get overwhelmed and give up. Simple as that.

Previously

Last year my word was “do”. (I know, I’m a bit simple…) I chose “do” because I have a tendency to think big picture. I have a LOT of ideas…ideas that never come to fruition.  So in 2017, I focused on actually DOING things. And you know what? It worked!

I finally got my blog redesigned and began posting more regularly. I proposed a new position at my school–instructional coach–and I got it! We decided to build a new house and we did it! There are a lot more examples that happened in the moment, but all together, the system seems to work for me.

I chose “now” for 2018 for two reasons:

  1. Again, I have a lot of ideas and even though I have gotten better about following through on them, I’m still bad about putting things off. I will start working out on Monday. I will fix my blog categories later. I will write that post tomorrow.  No, Kristy, you will do it NOW. Or at least now-ish. Get it together, woman!
  2. I am SO bad about looking forward. I am always looking at next week, next month, next year. Do you know what that does? It causes you to miss right now. So this year my plan is to focus on NOW. I want to be in the moment, whether that be snuggling on the couch with my pups reading a book, practicing yoga, antiquing with my husband, riding my horse, teaching my students–whatever it may be I am going to enjoy it right now, instead of thinking about all. the. things. to come!

I feel like this word can play a role in all aspects of my life: teaching, blogging, instructional coaching, wifing, working out, cleaning. You get the picture!

My choice for this year was not only inspired by the reasons below but also by Macklemore’s new song “Good Old Days” in which he says “Been scared of the future, thinking about the past While missing out on now”. Yep! I don’t want to regret missing out on now some day.  

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What about you? What’s your word or what are your goals?

 

Happy 2018, everyone!

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    Tammie
    January 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Our superintendent challenged us to choose a word to focus on this school year (and last). Mine is focus. I tend to try to do 8 million things at once and then nothing gets done. So my goal has been to sit down and FOCUS on what I am doing and accomplish tasks one at a time.

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    Jamie Knefely
    January 7, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    I love the idea of one word instead of a big resolution. I always fail at my resolutions, but a word is a great way to guide you everyday what you want to strive for. Now I have to think of my word! :))

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    Shannon: Life Between Summers
    January 4, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I love the word you chose! It’s one I haven’t heard yet from any teachers on social media. I think it’s a great way to motivate yourself to not put things off. I’ve done some reflecting and can’t seem to choose just one word (maybe mine should be “Decide!”) Haha!

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