My one little word for 2016 is…


I have never been big on resolutions, but I love having a word to guide me and provide inspiration throughout the year.  Last year, my word was “spark”. It was a great little word that kept me going and reminded me to take a chance on the things I wanted to do most.  Cultivate feels like such a natural follow up to spark.  To cultivate is to actively work to make something better. Looking at the year ahead, cultivating is about building habits and keeping a growth mindset.

Last year, my word was about getting started, and this year my word is about growth.  Growth doesn’t just happen.  Change doesn’t just happen. We have to work for it.  There are several habits, ideas, and projects that began in 2015 that I very much want to tend and care for this year.  Some are simple things like continuing to build healthy habits like drinking more water than coffee each day.  Some are a deepening of well-established habits such as reading outside my own preferences, experience, and comfort zone. Some are about my work in schools and continuing to cultivate an understanding of connectedness and innovation in my school district. I want to take the next steps.  I want to put myself and my ideas out there. I’ve planted my little garden and I’m ready to help it grow.

I’m going to grow in 2016, and I’m going to do my best to help others grow with me. In addition to my own personal growth, I want to cultivate kindness, cultivate curiosity, and cultivate innovation in those around me. I have big plans. Let’s do this, 2016!


  1. I really love the one-word “resolutions” (of sorts), last year mine was a sentence, and it was fun to consider how I was constantly living my life to line up with that sentence. This year I’m back to a list of things, which I personally love. But I think one of my overall themes is being consistent in habits, and I like that too. 🙂


  2. I like this idea of having a word of the year to guide you.

    I may have to think on this and see if I can come up with one.

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