OLW for 2018 ~ #sol18

My quest to find (and share) my One Little Word for 2018 has led me back to my blog.  I took a vacation from writing  – unintentionally.  I’m not really sure what happened.  Perhaps life just got in the way.  “Adulting?”  Having too much on my plate?  Not making writing a priority?  Who knows exactly what it was that caused me to go astray, but my writerly life hasn’t been all too writerly.  And, I have to be honest, I really do miss it.  So here I am, back in the saddle!

2017 was the first year I chose One Little Word for myself (and with my first graders).  My OLW for 2017 was Breathe.  It was the perfect word for me at the time when I was having some difficulties with my daughter at home.  Self-regulating emotions was a challenge (still is some days) and I was reminding myself quite often to just breathe.  But, to be quite honest, the word never really felt like “the one.”  Sure it was a good reminder in stressful situations, but I chose the first word that popped into my head, rather than try some others on before settling in.  An impulsive word chooser!

So this year, I’m building upon what I learned last year and am trying to be a bit thoughtful with my word choice.  Last night, when I was feeling the back to school anxiety, I jotted down this list of possibilities in my notebook.

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After I brainstormed this list, I read it over, and thought to myself “All of these words are amazing words, aren’t they?  Great –  now how in the world am I going to pick just one?”  And then it just hit me – Prioritize.  This is not a strength of mine.  I think I can do everything, and I want to do everything.  I end up jumping from task to task,  and then get overwhelmed and stressed with all the “stuff.”  It’s time I start learning to prioritize all of my “stuff.”  I think it will lead to more joy, peace, and relaxation!  So, my 2018 OLW is prioritize.  Have you thought about picking OLW for 2018?

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Check out Ali Edward’s page to read more about One Little Word as well as other OLW posts on the Two Writing Teachers blog.

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Thank you to the team of writers at Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful writing community.  A place for us to grow together as writers.  Join us for SOL Tuesdays!

One thought on “OLW for 2018 ~ #sol18

  1. Prioritize is a great word for your journey. After reading your list, I can see why this one jumped out at you. Happy New Year, Jen. Next week on Monday night #NYEDChat will chat about #EduBlogging: Power of #oneword to Guide Our Journeys. Join us at 8 pm with your one word and your voice. It is going to be fun!

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