I started doing One Little Word many years ago, inspired by the ladies at Two Writing Teachers. You can read my post from last year on how I used One Little Word with my students here. This post is about my word for 2016.
This year I chose the word Energize. Energize. Every time I say it I think of Star Trek and imagine myself standing on the teleporter pad barking the command “Energize!” If only it were that easy.
It’s not a mystery. With a toddler and a three month old baby at home I don’t have much energy because I don’t sleep much. Let’s face it, I never exercise and I’m usually eating the dinner I made for my toddler (because why would she eat it?) one-handed while I rock/bounce/jiggle/sway the baby with the other. Most of my energy comes from coffee and my own tears as I pull gobs of post-partum hair from my head wondering if I’m doomed to a life of wearing hats.
There are some things that are beyond my control such as whether my baby sleeps through the night or whether I’ll be forced to attend a late night bouzouki party with Greek family. But little things like making choices that give me energy are with in my control and so I’d like to start there.
Energize my body with good food and activity, whatever I can get.
Energize my mind with interesting books, media, and conversation.
Energize my heart with kind actions towards others.
Energize my colleagues by helping them find what they need to have a joyous day.
Energize my hair with all natural vitamins, snake oil, and magic.