Happy New Year! It seems hard to believe that today is the last day of 2023. The past two weeks on break have truly been amazing. Sometimes, you don't realize how much you are always on the run, while living your life. As Winter Break started, I was not just worn out- I was on empty. While on break, I set aside time first to rest and then to accomplish tasks that I would not have time regularly to do.
My husband and I organized our home better.
I took classes at the gym and ran on the trail during the day.
I wrote every day and was able to submit an article for the April 2024 edition of The Learning Professional.
My husband and I went away overnight for an amazing dinner to celebrate his promotion.
I began planning the ASCD playground that I am organizing and connected with phenomenal educators while doing so.
Reflecting on my #oneword 2023: #develop
What worried me about 2023
When I consider what worried me about 2023, a few things stood out. First, this year was not as good as a year for my business, TannenbaumTech, and it was significantly harder to fund my business. In addition, in May 2023, I fell during Kiss and Ride and broke my foot. I spent from May to July worrying about how to recover best from this injury. Personally in 2023, I worried about funding my daughter's upcoming college expenses; while making sure I supported my son as he approaches the end of his college experience.
Remembering 2023/ My Stance of 2023
My biggest takeaways from 2023 include remember that some times, struggles can lead to triumphs. When I broke my foot, I was so upset- I missed almost a whole month of school and the recovery was long. But, looking back, it was truly a blessing. I am convinced that I broke my foot due to the extra weight I was carrying. While recovering, I followed my Optavia health plan to a T and when I was finally able to walk independently, I found that I had lost over 20 lbs during my convalescence. This is an important reminder that small actions add up- now eight months later, I have lost 65 lbs. Another great example is when I started running in July, I was able to run less than 2 miles. But with deliberate small steps, I can now run 5 miles easily and am building up to a half marathon run. Slow and steady wins the race.
Determining my #oneword2024
As I got ready to determine my #oneword2024, a lot of words came to mind- write, create, amplify, etc. But as I thought about each of them- none of them felt right to me. So I went back to what I did in 2023 and created a Generate, Sort, Connect, Elaborate and brainstormed all the ideas that came to mind when I considered 2024. As I did this, it was obvious to me that as I sorted them, they came under three different buckets:
Dedicating time to writing and creating content
Celebrating personal milestones
Pursuing Professional Growth Opportunities
What did all three of these buckets have in common, I wondered as the answer flashed before my eyes- they all had to do with stories. But story didn't feel right either. Then I thought about who writes stories and there it was.
Revealing my #oneword2024: AUTHOR
As the word, author, popped into my head, I considered what this word means. I went to dictionary.com to continue my research. When I looked at it as a noun, "An author is someone who writes a novel, poem , essay, etc." Then, I found the definition of it as a verb, " to originate; create a design for." As I thought about both definitions, I loved the fact that it was both a verb and a noun and that every thing on my Generate, Sort, Connect, Elaborate, fit under this word.
In 2024, I will be someone who writes blogs, articles, content, and a new book!
In 2024, I will create and design celebrations for milestones in my personal life!
In 2024, I will create and design professional growth opportunities for myself professionally!
Back in 2021, I took Lindsay Titus' Mastering Me course. During that course, she shared the quote to the right and below.
"You get to write your own story every day! You are the author of your life. No one else gets to write your story."
This statement is as true today as it was in 2021. In 2024, I plan to actively write the stories of my life. I will be dedicated to my writing and take full advantage of my Writing pathway as part of being an ASCD Emerging Leader. I will create opportunities for me to share my writing and challenge myself to level up my writing. I will write and celebrate the milestones captured from my personal life. There is a lot to celebrate in 2024. I will write and share how I will take advantage of professional growth opportunities.