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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

OLW 2019

When this time of year comes around, I usually revisit all my past words.


When I go back and think through my past words I also usually revisit those times in my life and think about what was going on in each of those years. It's like a walk down memory lane in some respects. 

This year, like every year, I struggled to come up with a word. I've been grappling with several waiting for the word to hit me like it usually does. In some strange moment or encounter, the word always becomes crystal clear.

I've tossed around many. Heart was a really strong contender for quite a while. I even started a playlist inspired by the word, but it didn't feel like the best choice. Start was a thought for a while. Then I thought about Finish. Both of these were inspired by long amounts of procrastination. I felt like I had a trial run with each and neither seemed to make an impact. Then I went back and read several of my OLW posts and I realized every year I seem to reflect in some way. I always want to be just a little bit better. I don't have any desire to be the best at all things, but I do hope to be better at all the things I want to do in life.

Things like:
  • be a good mom
  • supportive wife
  • helpful daughter and sister
  • empathetic citizen
  • inspiring teacher
  • encouraging colleague
  • empowering writer 
I just want to be a little bit better version of myself. Knowing that not every day will get me closer but some days will. 2019 is a good year to focus on what is better and what goals I'm setting for myself. I'm sure there will be some surprises along the way too.


  1. I love your word this year! But that is “better” that beautiful!

  2. It takes a lot to be better... to be the best version of ourselves. I am confident that carrying this word with you will provide you with whatever gentle nudges you need to outgrow the amazing woman you already are.

  3. That’s an ambitious and inspiring new word. Remember this saying... we are better together.

  4. Better is a great word! I holds so much promise and ambition, without requiring perfection.

  5. "I always want to be a little bit better" - love this! Better is a wonderful little word. I appreciate reading the process you went through to finally embrace better! May you be a little bit better with better each day! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great word to inspire us all to be a bit better at something every day.

  7. Every day we should try to do a little better than the day before. Your word reminds me of Amy Krouse Rosenthal's I Wish you More. I wish you better.

  8. Better is a great choice! When we know better, we do better--that's a quote that keeps coming up for me. Looking forward to hearing about 2019 and better.

  9. Your word resonates with me and I look forward to sharing your writing with my students, colleagues and family. So many believe that perfection is the goal, and become disheartened and anxiety ridden in the journey. Better is my wish...for all.


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