The internet is abuzz with talk of words. Or rather, One Little Word. A word that will direct us for the year. A word that will remind us to live with intention and purpose. I have chosen a word in the past. Last year, for example, my word was shine. Each year, I have spent a lot of time thinking and writing about my word for about a month and then it totally slips my mind. When I think about it again, my word is surrounded by guilt that I have forgotten to focus on my word.
This year, I thought I would skip the whole process. Nothing to feel guilty about if I didn’t even try, right? Well, it turns out that everywhere I looked, there was talk of One Little Word projects and I missed mine. I decided though, that I wouldn’t push myself to choose a word before the first of the year. I would let my word find me.
Today, I read what Kimberly at Books First In Maine had to say about her word, write, and I had a breakthrough. My word could be READ. At first, this felt like a weird choice because I have always tried to pick a word that would change me a bit and push me a little to meet a goal. I already read a ton so maybe this wasn’t such a great choice?
Then I thought some more about one of my overarching goals for the year: to grow this blog space and my role as a literacy expert. For years, over a decade, in fact, I have written a blog. Many people have read my words but I have kept my reach relatively small. In the back of my mind though I have bigger plans. I wish for blog readers who consider me their go to for literacy information for people both big and small. I have plans to be this generation’s Jim Trelease (author of the Read Aloud Handbook). I would love to review books on the Today Show.
So… my word this year is READ. I am going to read a lot and write a lot about reading. I am going to talk about reading and think about reading. These things will be easy. The challenge lies with what I do with all my reading. I need to think and plan a bit more before I answer that question but the process has begun.
I’m excited to see where this leads me. I hope to come back with updates throughout the year. For now, I am off to READ.