What is Your Word for 2014?

With the start of the new year, I have been thinking a lot this month about my goals. A few days into 2014, I read about One Word 365. This is not to say that I would not be doing anything outside of my chosen word, it would simply be a way to live mindful of my intentions and provide a means to reflect on how I am living my daily life.

So after much thought, the one word I want to focus on this year is “cultivate”. As a former science teacher, this word brings to life so many images for me around growth, support, the building of strengths, and change. All of these themes will help me to be the best that I can be this year. So what do I want to cultivate?

As an educator I want to continue to cultivate and nurture the relationships I have made with others who push my thinking and learning. I also want to cultivate the leadership potential in my fellow colleagues so that they may be the best at what they do for our kids.

Personally, I would like to continue to cultivate spaces for me to recharge and focus on my well-being. This can be as simple as ensuring I do not bypass my commitment to exercise when I get busy and taking moments to stop and “smell the roses” throughout the day.

This is of course a work in progress, but for now, the questions I will be reflecting on daily are:

  • What relationships have I cultivated today?
  • How am I cultivating the leaders of tomorrow?
  • How have I taken the time to cultivate my own well-being?

So over to you, what is your one word for the year?


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