I have wrestled with my word this year. It came to me early and I wasn't sure I wanted to accept it. I searched for something more other centered. Last year's word, cultivate, was intended to reach out and support others. I really liked that word and the opportunities it brought me.
This year's word is commanding me to pause, slow down and pay attention to what is most important. I tend to be scattered...there is so much I want to do and before I know it, I'm in over my head. It's so easy for me to get caught up in the busyness of life that what is most important to me gets pushed to the wayside.
So my word is sticking with me.
At work, I am going to focus on leaving space in my calendar to better prepare for teachers and students. Too often, I am squeezing things in at the last minute and don't feel good about the work I am doing.
To go along with that, I need to focus on accepting the fact that I can't (and don't need to) do it all.
I am going to focus on discerning what others really need, so that I can be supportive and bring comfort when needed.
I am going to focus on saying "Yes" to those opportunities that help me reach my goals, which means I need to focus on what those most important goals are.
I am going to focus on giving myself permission to say, "No." In fact, I had joked with a fifth grader that my OLW was going to be, "No." :)
I am going to focus on doing what's best for "our girls" and not worry so much about what others might think.
I'm going to focus on my writing. I've struggled to write lately. Stories about the girls seem too personal to share. I can't seem to find my voice as a writer in my role as a literacy coach. I've been floundering. I want to find my focus again. In order to do that, I am going to commit to writing every day. Not all of my writing will be public. I'm going to join A. J. Juliani's 30 Day Blogging Challenge.
Finally, I am going to focus on the beauty and good things that are happening amongst all the uncertainty in our lives right now. My default is to begin to weave stories that bring anxiety and turmoil, and that doesn't help anyone. I will work to change those stories by focusing on the present and slowing down to savor the positive.
After writing this, I feel at peace with my word.
Even though I resisted it, it's the word I need right now in my life.
What word will guide you in 2017?