I have been trying these One Little Word resolutions for the last few years.
In 2013: I first picked MOVE. Then I changed it to HABIT. I later said I should’ve picked REVISE because neither word took all that well.
In 2014: I picked BALANCE. I wrote about that as a real juggling act just this past week. I consider this a work in progress – as it probably always will be.
In 2015: I picked START. Not bad – I do think last year was a success in many ways, but I can say…I can’t chalk any of it up to this word. I had to look up my post from last year to see what I’d chosen before I wrote any of this.
Clearly I’m doing this all wrong.
I started kind of brainstorming about what I wanted to do this year and looking over my lists of things to see if there was any one common thread.
There were words like positive and gratitude and love and kindness repeated over and over among the goals for getting organized and creating solid routines to clean my house and paint my nails and trying to get my 10,000 steps and eating better.
I also thought of the kind messages I have gotten from friends who have also lost parents, reminding me that grief sucks and sometimes we need to just worry about ourselves and not push lofty goals. Some days getting showered and finding a reason to smile is enough to celebrate. And to remember that this is a process that lasts a long time.
So my word this year is going to be CELEBRATE.
I’m going to look for the good in each day and celebrate it.
I want to look at the positive and find the love and the kindness and the little victories in my classroom and at home and in the world and celebrate it.
Even if it is just getting up and showering.
I realized I had a MantraBand on when I was considering how best to remember my word. I got the one I have from a friend and it is one that I appreciate seeing – LIVE WHAT YOU LOVE.
It’s a good reminder for me when I make decisions or think about who I want to be.
There isn’t one that simply says CELEBRATE, but I think I might be diving onto Etsy to help me find a bracelet that will help me remember my One Little Word this year.