My word for 2015 was courage – courage because I knew that coming off the significant changes in my life from 2014, I would need fearlessness to remember that when one door closes, another door opens.
I would need courage to really look at myself in the year before I turned 50, hoping to find some place to simultaneously settle into life as it is, while keeping an open heart and mind for new opportunities.
Courage opened my eyes to parts of my life, right here, right now, that I wanted to pour energy into, and parts that I wanted to shut down. Courage helped me to look at relationships, to identify friendships that were worth investing in, and to feel confident that putting family first was the right choice. 2015 helped me to examine my teaching, my commitment to my career, and most of all, to have the bravery needed to put up strong boundaries to create the life I want to live. And it took a bit of courage to admit that when I turned 50 in early December, I was officially ‘middle-aged’.
It surfaced in my writing, too. Courage allowed me to blog on my own schedule, to share with you, my readers, parts of my life that I was trying to decode, to comprehend, to adapt to. Today I’d love to share some of my favorite posts from last year, most of which reflected on this theme. I’m still thinking of my word for 2016; as many of my readers know, I’d rather focus on the broad expanse a word allows than to create a list of resolutions that somehow never seem to manifest.
Thank you all for reading and commenting and supporting my blog in 2015. I look forward to a prolific year in 2016, and to grow our mamawolfe community of lovers of thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously.
My top posts of 2015:
Letter To My College-Bound Daughter
5 Things You Probably Don’t Know Teachers Are Thinking
What Teachers Really Want For Teacher Appreciation Week
3 Fun And Easy Ways To Encourage Your Child To Write
Flipped Learning Using Edmodo
She’s Nineteen, And She Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
A Letter To Parents Leaving Their Kids At College
Finding The Teacher Mom Balance
Into The Fog: The Sweetheart Murders
A Year of Accidental Life Lessons
My favorite posts about courage in 2015:
No New Year’s Resolutions: Just Courage
Love Makes Your Soul Crawl Out
It’s The Last Day of School – So Why Aren’t My Students Leaving?
Living In Courage: Three Vignettes Vlog
What are your reflections on 2015? Which were your favorite mamawolfe posts? Happy new year, to each of you, and thank you for being a part of my world.