Who Knew Back on January 1 That Moxie Might Really Get a Workout in 2020?

#sol20- December 29, 2020

Way back in January of 2020 that my OLW would get such a workout?!

I announced on January 1 my OLW as moxie. I wrote:

I want to show more moxie as I strive to align my actions and beliefs. I want to be a positive model of a lifelong learner and will push myself to learn new things (bullet journal workshop already signed up for as a start). I also signed up for the #100daysofnotebooking (thanks, @mhaseltine) and that is already pushing me to try out new things (and get back to writing regularly). I avoid confrontation but hope that my focus on moxie will encourage me to stand up when I should. Much to my mother’s horror, I am a rule follower, but I am trying to make sure this does not mean I compromise strong beliefs. Living alone, I tend to be a hermit in my free time- so I will use moxie as my reason to get out and about more. I feel like it is an extension of my word from last year- with a sprinkling of joy.

Some of it played out as planned… I notebooked all year (except one day that I totally forgot). I definitely tried to make sure my beliefs and actions were better aligned (until Covid, where everything I thought I knew seemed to be challenged). Moxie did not get me to push past my hermit ways, but again, I blame Covid, as I spent more time at home than ever before. I did branch out into new (to me) virtual communities including Teach Write and I applied for two weeks of summer professional development that my school paid almost entirely that I had long wanted to attend (TCRWP Reading Institute and Responsive Classroom Elementary Core Course). I loved that people who knew me knew what my word was- I think I talked about it more than I had previously. I also love that this year we chose OLWs near the start of the year and one of my students chose moxie for her own. I had to make sure I balanced moxie with sensible this year- I did not want moxie to mean reckless, so it was definitely 2020 moxie, which may have played out differently in any other year.

I was almost afraid to write a reflection, because I feel like this year has been governed by fear and I wasn’t sure that I would see enough evidence of moxie, but all things considered I am glad to have had the opportunity to live with the word this year to push me in small ways.

For 2021 I plan to choose one “umbrella” OLW and a monthly challenge OLW as well- that will keep me on my toes as I strive to keep pushing myself. I aspire to grow with Maya Angelou’s words: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know betterdo better.” Next week I will have the details of that more solid and what my OLW for 2021 will be…

10 thoughts on “Who Knew Back on January 1 That Moxie Might Really Get a Workout in 2020?

  1. A. Shruti

    I love reading your posts here. Moxie is a nice word and I had to look it up. I gifted myself ‘unrestrained’ as a 46th birthday present to not limit myself by anything and keep learning new. I am glad you could live up to moxie through the year. Congratulations and a very happy new year to you!
    Would like to know your word for the coming year.

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  2. amyilene

    Thank you for your slice….your use of Angelou’s quote has got me thinking, which is always a good thing when I am about to write myself! Fully appreciate the inspiration on this snowy morning.

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  3. jumpofffindwings

    I’ll be excited to hear about your new OLW. I think “moxie” is a terrific one, a bit bold a lot self-affirming. May 2021 bring satisfaction to us all—even as we strive to be and do better.

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  4. Jonathan Rivera

    Moxie was a new word for me. And I think it was a great word for this year. This year required it in many ways. I am also new to the online writing communities and I’m glad I’ve joined. I’ve also joined 100 days for 2021. I look forward to it. Going to read more about OLW.

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  5. Fran McCrackin

    I agree that moxie is a cool word and a little provocative. I like how your reflection celebrates the ways you used moxie during a tough time to advance your growth in ways appropriate to you. I also love the gift of the Maya Angelou quote at the end. I will read next week to find our your new word!

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  6. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski

    Can’t wait to read next week! I love your word MOXIE and I think you surely showed a lot of it this year! It’s so cool that you pushed yourself to join more virtual communities and I’m super impressed with your commitment to write each day. I’ve been feeling kind of flat lately and look forward to some new goals and a new word to focus on. I can’t wait to hear more about your monthly challenges for your OLW!

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  7. Tim Gels

    Erika, who knew, indeed?! It’s been quite a year, but it sounds as if you’ve made the most of it! Your post is the last in a line of posts that have mentioned OLWs. I’m going to have to ponder that and try to put it to use this year. Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. Fran Haley

    “Moxie” is a fascinating word choice – especially looking back to see the year through the lens of it – even in small ways (those add up to great ways, don’t they?). I for one so appreciate “hermit ways.” Part of me is always craving that. Maybe because of a longing for stillness and silence. I am intrigued by choosing a word for each month; I have only recently heard about that and I think it’s a great approach, especially under an “umbrella” word. Seems to me that would be conducive to moving with the ebb and flow (even flooding and drought) of life in all its fluidity. I think attempting that shows some moxie in itself. 🙂

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