Beth’s word: connect
This is the fifth year that I’ve chosen a word to be my focus for the year. I struggled and went back and forth between several words this year (even as I write this I feel myself wavering). But, “connect” is a word that exemplifies several of my goals for 2019.
In my professional life, connecting is one of my main priorities as I work with teachers across the school district – some of whom I’ve not known well. My hope is that by building connections that trust and rapport follow so that we can have conversations about student learning. I am enjoying this new role that allows me to get to know colleagues who value reading and writing and who love working with middle school students.
I feel as if I’ve lost some of my connection to my fitness self. I’d like to get back to my yoga practice and to meditation. In 2018, I let other things get in my way and keep me from being fit and flexible. I miss the calm, powerful feeling of walking out of a studio or off my yoga mat.
Finally, with a daughter in college and one who is starting to think about that step, I want to continue to connect with them so that our relationships stay strong. I can always work on keeping strong connections to friends and family – both far and near as well.
Lori’s word: intentional
This past year was sprinkled with personal chaos and professional priorities that at times pulled me away from what is important in life. For 2019, I am committing to be more intentional with my time, energy and love as I refocus on the work and life balance ahead.
In my office, this will mean using each moment of my day to be intentional about serving the people that matter most in my work, our students. I want to be increasingly intentional about choices and decisions so that we can continually be better at educating and supporting students. I will also be intentional with my time, making sure that I am keeping focused on forward motion and change that will be positive for my work and the work of my close colleagues. Through this work, I will intentionally be joyful.
In my home, I will be intentional to be present, focused, and flexible at home with my children. I will model a more healthy approach (I may have eaten away my stress in 2018.) to dealing with our lovely, chaotic, and busy life. I will be intentional in fostering the relationships with my husband, my children and my parents. I will live with intentional focus on family.
In my free time, I will be intentional in spending quality time with my closest, dearest friends. 2018 reminded me of how important friendships are and that they need a little nourishment from time to time. I will serve my friends in the way that they serve and support me.
Here’s to a more intentional 2019!
Rita’s word: forward
Determining a word for this year was a bit of a challenge. A few words bounced around in my head, but none felt completely right. Eventually, I noticed that the words were connected; each would lead me forward.
This year I want to make choices that move me forward to my most fit self. I have drifted from the commitment to my health. As I look forward I know that I can find my way back to healthy eating, mindfulness and consistent yoga practice. I am excited to rediscover the confidence, calm, peace and strength that I believe truly define fitness.
This year I want to make choices that move me forward to my happiest self. I am committing to prioritize things that bring joy. I often allow myself to get bogged down in the “business” of life and overlook the joy. I will be fully present and enjoy time with family and friends. I will reflect, pray and slow down to ensure that everything forward is filled with happiness.
This year I want to make choices that move me forward to my bravest self. I will take advantage of all opportunities for learning and growth. I will embrace situations that push me outside of my comfort zone. I will listen to learn and not avoid difficult conversations. I will allow my true north to guide me forward and lean into the courage this provides me.
2019 will be a year of happily moving forward!