My One Word

This morning, I read a wonderful New Year’s blog post by Sue Dunlop: one of our Board’s superintendents, and an educator, blogger, and person that I truly admire. Like Sue, I hadn’t really planned on writing a New Year’s post. I’ve never done so before. I blog very regularly — sometimes it seems like too much 🙂 — and I try to reflect all the time as well. I wasn’t sure that there would be more for me to add in a New Year’s post. But Sue’s post was different than the New Year’s blog post that initially came to mind. In her post, she came up with “one word” to really focus on as she continues to learn, reflect, and grow in the coming year. I liked this idea. My one word for 2015 is getting (doesn’t count    🙂 ) uncomfortable.

For the year ahead, I’m going to try to challenge myself to do things that are hard.

  • Maybe it will be performing at another school assembly.
  • Maybe it will be talking to someone new.
  • Maybe it will be making new connections with colleagues both at my school and online.
  • Maybe it will be spending a little more time in the staffroom and at a different spot at the long table.
  • Maybe it will be coming home and getting on the exercise bike first instead of doing the school work that has always been first for my “at home routine.” (The school work will still get done, but maybe just a little later on.)
  • Maybe it will be taking some more time on the weekends to spend with friends and family. (I like to use the weekends to prepare for the week ahead, and I still will, but maybe I’ll also work in a little more time for me too.)
  • Maybe it will be taking the plunge, and having some conversations that I know I need to have, but just haven’t worked up the courage to yet.

These are all challenges for me. They’re all going to give me that stomach swirling feeling of being uncomfortable, but I know that they’ll also help me be a better person and teacher. What’s your “word” for 2015? 

I look forward to reflecting throughout the year and seeing just how well I do at embracing this uncomfortable feeling. Let the new year start with a wonderful new challenge! Thanks Sue!


10 thoughts on “My One Word

  1. Great word, Aviva. My brother always says that people don’t grow until they are uncomfortable and points to his own life experiences to illustrate. Getting uncomfortable also reminds me a little of cognitive dissonance, something I consider essential for learning. I look forward to hearing how being uncomfortable is going.

    • Thanks for the comment, Sue! Jonathan So (@mrsoclassroom) also speaks about the fact that we need to “feel uncomfortable” in order for change to happen. I like that my goal will hopefully help lead to some positive changes this year. Many thanks for inspiring me to come up with that “one word” that will hopefully help guide me in the coming months. I’m sure that there will be some follow-up blog posts that stem from this single word. 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  2. Oh dear. I responded to Sue’s one word post backwards. I mean that what I do is realize that over the past year, one word has emerged that represents my thinking/learning. Clearly, over the year I would have used the word and acted upon its idea, but only on reflection did it become obvious that that had been a focus of the year.

    Guess I’ll try it this way too! I have a sneaking suspicion that my word this year will be innovation! Keep you posted Aviva!

    • Thanks for the comment, Julie! I think that’s okay. As somebody that reflects all the time, you constantly have that goal or those goals in mind. Just now, you’ve realized your single word.

      Innovation sounds like a very interesting word. I’d love to hear more details about this word. Please let me know when your post is up. I’m excited to read it!

      Happy New Year!

  3. Great word Aviva! I have to agree with Sue (& her brother) that personal/professional growth needs us to step outside of the norm to promote change. Change is quite often uncomfortable, I think mostly from lack of familiarity. I will be thinking about my word tonight and this just may be the push I really needed to start blogging professionally. Thanks Aviva! Look forward to hearing about how ‘uncomfortable’ is working out in 2015! I have a feeling that it will be attached to great success!

    • Thanks Sharron! I think that being “uncomfortable” can be difficult, but it’s also so important. I’m excited to see what kind of changes this uncomfortable feeling will lead to in 2015. Without a doubt, there will be more blog posts to come. 🙂

      I’m also very eager to hear your word. What a great first blog topic! I hope that you take the plunge, and please let me know if you do.

      Happy New Year!

  4. Great word and I like your ideas that push that change. Thinking of one self first isn’t easy if not part of way of life. BUT important. Did a Twitter chat the other day when this topic came up, one word for 2015. I thought of FORTITUDE: mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger or temptation courageously. For me I will add change and making life decisions. Love reading your posts. Happy New Year. All the best in 2015

    • Thanks for the comment, Faige, and the support! I really like the word, “fortitude.” It’s great that more people are thinking about their “one word.” I’m curious to read the reflections based on these words as we head into 2015.

      Happy New Year!

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