Oh dear. It’s January 2 and I’m already behind.

I had some rather lofty goals for beginning this year. I wanted to clean and organize the downstairs learning space where the children spend most of their day. (I didn’t.) I wanted to do the same for my teaching space. (I haven’t.) I wanted to rework the daily schedules, rhythms, and routines. (I’m barely started.) I wanted to completely revamp the blog (not done clearly) and have a plan for content every day this month.(I’m trying.) I wanted to be ready for my classes tomorrow (getting there) and have a menu plan (getting there) and place a grocery order (not there yet.) My oldest is leaving to move back to Boston on Monday and I wanted to have some things ready for him. I wanted to choose my watchword for the year and write out some resolutions and create a new planner.

Every year I pick a watchword or “one little word” to be my guide for the year. Last year, it was fly, and my year was amazing. I have learned so much this past year, about myself and about the world. I got a fabulous new job, released my children onto the world, made amazing friends, pursued my own interests, and generally had a hell of a good time. Past words have been home, joy, hope, and peace.

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1: a word or phrase used as a sign of recognition among members of the same society, class, or group

2a : a word or motto that embodies a principle or guide to action of an individual or group

2b : a guiding principle

I’ve been doing this “one little word” dealio for a few years now.

Have you heard of the whole “one little word” trend?

Actually, let me backtrack a little. Have you heard of the concept of a life verse? It’s a Scripture verse that has great personal meaning to you. Maybe it defines your life. Maybe it reflects it. Maybe it’s something that you cling to in times to adversity or maybe it’s something you strive to live up to. In my case, it’s a verse that has dogged me ever since I was a small child.