Saturday, January 9, 2016

One Little Word 2016

Hi Friends! 
I know I am super later to the party, but I wanted to join anyways. Ashley, over at Schroeder Shenanigans in Second started off January talking about "One Little Word." And that is just one little word to describe something you want to work on this year. Ashley did a great job talking about how she wants to focus, and how that word applies to so many areas of her life. If you want to check out her post about it, click HERE.

When walking into a new year, a new week, a new season, a new month, or even a new day, it's important to think about the things you want to accomplish and how you're going to get there. Sometimes my goal for the day is to just get through it, other times I want to really challenge myself to be a great math teacher, or a great writing teacher that day. Sometimes I see where I am lacking, and make that my focus for the day. When thinking about the word I wanted to choose to use as my One Little Word for the year, I was thinking about this past year. It was an all or nothing year for me. I was either really into it, or I just wasn't. And you really can't live and be happy like that. 2015 was a year that I achieved a lot of goals, but it was also a year when I faced a lot of challenges and was ready to put them behind me. So for 2016, I chose.... 

 
And my oh my are there so many things in this life to balance, starting with the big one. You know as well as I do that teaching can consume you. It's a dark hole of work, data, grading, reporting, meetings, conferences, planning, copying, and not to mention the actual act of teaching, that it is so easy to get sucked in and not know how to climb out. I have been there. Luckily, I found a way to crawl out, but there are times when I look at the clock and realized that I just worked for 5 hours on a Sunday afternoon typing up plans, putting grades in, or just creating resources for the week. This is NOT ok. I should not have to spend that much of my personal time doing work things. Now this is a whole other battle because as teachers in the good old US of A we certainly do not have enough prep time to get all of our work done that we need to within our time limitations. BUT, I should not be spending that much time on the weekends doing something that I do not necessarily love to do in my free time. 

I need to work on balancing my personal life as well. Finding a rhythm with working out, eating healthy, and spending time with my husband and dog are important things as well. Sometimes I find myself so consumed with a book, a Netflix marathon, or blogging that I just don't take the time out to really go and spend time quality time with The Hubs and our dog.

Overall, I want to find a way to be more balanced with my life, both personally and professionally. I want to be able to get my work done, but still be able to create, blog, and spend some down time with my family. I know it sounds easy, but we all know how demanding our lives can become. 

What's your One Little Word for 2016?