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 better, do better.” Next week I will have the details of that more solid and what my OLW for 2021 will be…