For the past three years I’ve done a oneword challenge. Choosing only one word as a mantra or focus for the year instead of a number of resolutions that quickly go by the way side. It’s been helpful in many ways and easy to share with others (in hopes of feeling a bit more accountable at those moments when you need it). A quick tweet with #oneword (insert year), a pinterest board of inspiring quotes and images, that oneword on pieces of paper around the house….you get the picture.
This year, I was inspired by Belle’s posting on Capitol Hill Style. She took inspiration from Hitha on the Go (careful at Hitha’s blog – you’ll get lost in it’s wonderfulness!). It’s most definitely longer than oneword, more focused than a vague series of resolutions and strikes a nice cord with that reflective practitioner/educator side of me (in fact, I have a group of students who may be doing this this week with a focus on their final university semester).
A BAD HABIT I’M GOING TO BREAK
I am horrible at time management once I’m home in the evenings. Really. It’s the one time I ignore a to-do list – even when I want to get the stuff done. So I’m going to work on that.
A NEW SKILL I’D LIKE TO LEARN
We’re planning a BIG reno on the house in the next couple of years and our starting point is using some home design software to sketch out the initial plans. Usually, I end up directing (AKA asking my husband) the changes on the plans because I don’t take the time to learn how to use the software. This year, I’m going to learn how to use it!
A PERSON I HOPE TO BE MORE LIKE
One of my grad committee members – he’s gentle yet focused and gets things done.
A GOOD DEED I’M GOING TO DO
I left a volunteer role last year after the organization changed and there wasn’t a next thing for me to step into that was available. I was sad about that. Recently, I’ve been asked to return to help out again – and I’m looking forward to it.
A PLACE I’D LIKE TO VISIT
Sandbanks Provincial Park – in the summer. Swimsuits and sunscreen all around.
A BOOK I’D LIKE TO READ
My husband read this book years ago and loved it…and somehow in all of my reading I haven’t gotten around to reading it myself (even though everyone else has and it’s apparently becoming a movie!). This is the year for “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.
A LETTER I’M GOING TO WRITE
My maternal grandparents are (unfortunately) long gone. However one of their best friends is still around. She’s recently moved into a home and is a little lonely. The home is far away so visiting in person is tricky, but I know (because my mom told me!) that she would really appreciate a letter. So I’m getting on that.
A NEW FOOD I’D LIKE TO TRY
Mongolian dumplings….don’t they just sound yummy?
So there – that’s what I’m hoping to learn, do, try and experience in 2015.