What is your word?
I have never been good at New Year's Resolutions. Instead, each year I choose a word that reflects my most important aspirations. Then, I find ways to integrate that word into my daily life with things like:
post-it notes on my desk and bathroom mirror
calendars and journals
This helps me consistently reflect and readjust so I am more intentional about how I use my time and energy to become the person I aspire to be and live the life I dream of.
Some of my previous words have been:
In December 2019, I had gained enough clarity on some personal struggles to confidently take a leap of faith and retire from K-12 education. Here is a blog post all about it - If you died tomorrow, I would quit my job.
I still had no idea what my next steps might look like so I chose the word clarity for 2020 - before I knew about Covid or the world began learning and working from home. That was a year of clarity for many people. For me, it definitely brought additional clarity to my personal priorities, but I still had no idea who I wanted to be when I grew up :)
I had never kept the same word for a second year, but It was an easy decision to continue with the word clarity for 2021. It was working for me and I needed more clarity about the educational coaching & consulting business I had launched.
Consistently searching for clarity helped me navigate and prioritize with integrity and paid great dividends! It also made selecting my word for 2022 easy - advocate.
2022 was full of advocacy opportunities! Here are just a few of my favorite highlights:
supporting a regional high school in reviewing and updating their reading intervention system - my greatest passion in the area of educational consulting
co-authoring WI Dyslexia Roadmap
speaking with hundreds of WI school board members and district administrators as a volunteer at the 2022 State Education Convention WI Reads Exhibitor Booth
completing the ADHD & Life Coach Training program through the iACT Center and adding ADHD Coaching Services
becoming a Justice Involved Educator and adding Literacy Tutoring Services
working with Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence Sustainability Committee members to review the organization's bylaws