Another year, another #oneword post for me to share with the world. In 2017 my word was Voice. While I don’t know if I did that the way I was planning on doing it, I definitely found my voice in a few new ways. I certainly didn’t blog more and I also don’t think I am more active on twitter. I did however give my first ignite talk thanks to friend and fellow innovator Kat Goyette during Tech Rodeo. I presented in new an interesting places, started a YouTube show, became an innovator mentor, and had my words published in two collaborative projects (one upcoming in 2018). I published a second children’s book and have nearly finished an education book on professional growth, a writing that is significantly longer than anything I have ever done. I have moved much of my voice from the 140 character blasts to address greater hopes.
I always find it important to reflect on the year through this lens. It reminds me that of where I was last year at this time, where I am now, and where I want to go.
This year my one word is Grateful. I have a tendency to look to the future. I also tend to focus on what I still want to accomplish. There are so many things. The unfortunate side effect is that I don’t take time to stop and take stock of the wonderful and amazing things I have in my life.
I have a great many things to be grateful for in life. This year I plan to find ways to appreciate them. I haven’t decided if it will be a weekly blog post, video, podcast, or something totally different. I have decided however to take some time each week to reflect on something for which I am grateful.
I am grateful for my incredible family and the joy we had this year in welcoming our baby boy Lucas. I am grateful for having had so many incredible opportunities of the past few years. I am grateful for the wonderful people I have found as mentors, friends, and connections that have helped me achieve so many of my goals. I am and always have been someone who looks upon the horizon, trying to reach out for the next step. It is time for me to take stock of the many reasons to be grateful, large or small and to be mindful of all the good I have found in my life.