One Word

One Word 2017


I have never really been a New Year’s resolution setting type of person.  My personality usually leans towards the I am going to accomplish this goal sooner rather than later whenever the idea hits me. Why wait when you can get after it now and feel that sense of accomplishment?  While the go-getter side of me loves the challenge and feeling of accomplishment, I have recognized some of the collateral damage my enthusiasm causes along the way.

  1. Some (or most) of my goals/ideas require others to get on board and get on board quickly.  Sometimes the others aren’t ready to jump on board and I end up towing them behind which makes it difficult for all involved.
  2. I sometimes put the cart before the horse.  It makes the cart very heavy to move.

I have heard of the One Word philosophy for the last few years but have never really taken on the challenge, until this year.  After much thought and reading the book, I decided on my word for 2017.

My one word for 2017 is INSPIRE.  cropped-uxury.png



  1. fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

I want to live each day working to inspire my staff, our students, my own children, my family, my husband, my friends and those I’m connected with in my PLNs.  Inspiring through a positive attitude, a healthy lifestyle, laughter, hard work, dedication, being present and finding the joy in the day-to-day happenings.

Inspire others to get out of their comfort zones (professionally and personally) so that I am not towing them along or trying to move that cart without a horse.

The last gift I received during our week long Secret Santa gift exchange this year, was a shirt with the word Inspire on it.  My sweet Secret Santa had no idea that was the word I was thinking for my One Word for 2017-it was meant to be!


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