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.
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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