My Chosen Word

As some of you know, I often choose a word at the beginning of the year. Why? To reflect my current attitude and perspective… to help me live and work with more intention… to act as my compass for the year.

As usual, choosing my word requires considerable thought. I’ve had a few words in the running this year: gratitude, balance, persistence, and soar to name a few.

Strangely, it was a fortune from a fortune cookie that helped me determine this year’s word: “Your most important work is yet to come.” This fortune reminds me of living and working with a growth mindset; understanding that I am always learning, always striving to improve. Which leads me to my word for 2021:


I am a work in progress. I am pushing my own boundaries and challenging myself in untold ways. I am becoming. What is yet to come? According to my fortune: my most important work.

What word resonates with you? What word will define your hopes and goals for 2021? While you’re at it, why not ask your students to choose a word too? Check out this week’s book review for a possibly approach with students!

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