Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I've Moved Forward {SOL 12-30-14}

Thank you to the ladies at Two Writing Teachers for hosting this weekly Slice of Life gathering.  It is an amazing opportunity for reflection and connection!

2014 was the year I gave up making resolutions.  Thanks to the book, One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, and various friends around the blogosphere who were doing the same, I chose just one little word as my guiding mantra for 2014 -- FORWARD.

As 2014 draws to a close, I reflect on my OLW and how much it has helped me move forward.

Here are some ways I moved forward in 2014:

* I moved my writing forward.  I wrote on a more regular basis which, while it's not yet where I want it to be, is farther than it's ever been.

* I moved my teaching forward.  My classroom is now a place where questions are asked, mistakes are made, and risks are taken.  We embrace a growth mindset and find power in the word YET. This teaching style is so foreign to me, yet so fun! I'm excited to see where it takes us.

* I moved my learning forward.  Whether it be learning about Genius Hour, the growth mindset, or improving my reading and writing instruction, I learned a lot this year!  Twitter has really helped with this too.

* I moved my health forward.  I began exercising on a (somewhat) regular basis.

* I took steps out of my comfort zone.  Attending All Write 14 in Indiana all by myself, driving four hours alone, knowing no one, was a big step for me.  It was worth it and I am looking forward to going back again (but this time I won't be alone because of all the wonderful people I met there).

2014 was a wonderful year!

7 comments:

  1. Your last sentence is the best one to finish a year with. Your OLW has been an inspiring companion to you. I have discovered that even when we choose new words the previous ones keep having an influence. You'll always be moving forward. Happy 2015!

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  2. I'm glad that you took the time to reflect on the word 'forward'. It is something we all need to strive for. I love that you took a step to move your writing forward. xo

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  3. Amazing how one word can have so much power in living a full life! I'm glad you took that step forward to Indiana. See you next year?

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  4. What an excellent choice for 2014! I like how FORWARD is a positive action, though not a verb. You are helping me find my OLW for 2015.

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  5. I'm so glad that you went to All Write. It reminded me of opportunities in which I chose to go to PD opportunities I was really looking forward to but that were out of my comfort zone because I was going alone. This is good encouragement to continue doing so.

    I will look into the book you mentioned, as I had not heard of it before.

    If you are not familiar with Ali Edwards, you might be interested in her work related to OLW. She just did a podcast yesterday with Elise Blaha Cripe: Episode 038 http://elisejoy.com/podcast

    Here is the link on her own blog talking about One Little Word and a class she offers. I did OLW two years before starting to take her class and noticed a significant difference based on having a monthly prompt to help me to reflect and process, or "keep my word alive" all year long (Ali's words).
    http://aliedwards.com/projects/one-little-word

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  6. Keep moving forward in 2015 - and keep us posted about your journey. Happy New Year!

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