In 2017, my one word was authentic. Post here. Again, the perfect word. As I neared my 50th birthday, I wanted to truly own myself. It was a fantastic year of accomplishments, changes, and fun. I became a Google certified educator and presented at our local EdTechTeam summit, I ran the Rock and Roll Vegas half marathon on my birthday weekend, my husband and I became empty nesters (we’re super proud of our two college students), and I was honored to be Teacher of the Year for our county.
2018 is here and it’s time for a new one word. This year, I’ve decided on present.
I want to appreciate those tiny joys that will nourish my soul.
I want to truly be in the moment, with myself, my family, and my students.
I want to listen to my body and nurture it with exercise, healthy food, and plenty of sleep.
I want to prepare for my day with calm and serenity.
I want to pause and reflect on my day.
And I want to listen, really listen. Not to think about what I’m going to say next or allow my mind to wander or become distracted, but to truly hear what the other person is saying. I want to listen with my whole being. I’ve been about action. This year I want to be present. And being present is listening, to others and myself. When I find myself not listening, I’ll pull myself back into the present.
May 2018 be filled with blessings, accomplishments, and love.
If you’re participating in #OneWord2018, share your word on this Answer Garden.
Happy New Year!
XOX . . . Marilyn