Intentions for the New Year

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With it being the New Year, everyone is taking the time to reflect and create new resolutions. I’ve seen lots of One Word posts or 19 for 2019 lists. While these may work for some people, I’m not sure they’re perfect for me. Maybe it’s because I constantly have to-do lists of small goals or tasks I would like to complete. Maybe it’s the yogi in me who likes to think in the form of intentions, short mantras that speak to me in the moment. They’re like One Word or phrases, but they could potentially change or evolve over the year. Here’s a blog post about using intentions vs. resolutions. It describes how an intention is in the form of a commitment rather than a resolution, which focuses on big or small changes.

Throughout the past few months, with changes personally and professionally, I did a lot of reflecting in general. How do I want to act and be seen in a new school environment? How can I learn what I need to in order to be the best teacher I can? How can I best use my free time? How can I best balance my personal and professional responsibilities?

Over the New Year, I saw this quote posted on Instagram:


This is what I’m going to follow each day of 2019. What do I want my story to be? I’m the author, and I’m in control of my story. If I don’t like where it’s headed, I can veer off course. If one chapter ends poorly, a new one will begin.

Here’s to a great 2019. Happy New Year everyone!

#oneword2014: Enjoy

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I first started seeing the #oneword2014 hashtag on Twitter last week and was intrigued.  I asked what it was about and learned that people were choosing one word to live by this year rather than making resolutions that may fail.  You can go to the One Word website for more information (this is also based on a book).

My next task was to figure out what my One Word should be.  Many ideas came to mind, but I wanted to choose a word that encompassed all aspects of my life.  There are many things I want to accomplish this year, so I wanted to choose a word that would help me focus on this objective.  One thing I’ve been trying hard to do is live in the moment and focus on the activity at hand, rather than worry about what’s coming next or stressing about the unknown.  As a result, the word I have chosen is ENJOY.

By living in the moment and focusing on what I am doing, I will be able to enjoy the present.  I can take in all the sights and sounds around me wherever I am and smile in the moment.  I can enjoy my job, teaching and marveling in the curiosity and creativity of my students as well as watching them continue to learn and grow.  I can enjoy working with a dedicated and collaborative staff that have been welcoming and created a positive and supportive school environment.  I enjoy working through the unknown challenges that each day brings as well as pushing through to problem-solve and strive to be better than the day before.

I can enjoy outside activities as well, doing things I want to do.  I can enjoy feeling good and letting my mind relax stress-free while exercising or practicing yoga.  I can enjoy cooking or baking a tasty treat, being creative in the kitchen and smelling delicious smells.  I can enjoy taking up an old hobby, knitting, and being creative and crafty.  I can enjoy reading, learning something new and be taken on an adventure to an unknown land.

I can enjoy connecting with friends, both near and far.  I can spend time with people and try new activities or restaurants around the city.  I can connect with friends farther away via social media and the telephone to rekindle and strengthen friendships.  I will hopefully travel to see friends (as well as new places) to create some new memories and enjoy myself.  I will continue connecting with educators and acquaintances via social media to share, learn and grow.

I am ready to take on the One Word challenge and truly Enjoy the year 2014.  I know that Enjoying everything I do will help me live in the moment and truly appreciate all the good I have in my life.  Who knows what life will bring down the road, but there’s only one way to find out!