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Celebrating Our One Little Word for 2014

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Tuesday when we posted our Slice of Life http://www.teachersforteachers.net/?p=894 several people suggested that grit should be Clare’s OLW for 2014.  Terje shared with us a blog about this idea of OLW from Ali Edwards –http://aliedwards.com/2013/12/one-little-word-2014.html.  Ali’s words:

Are you considering selecting a word for yourself (or letting one find you)? There’s no right or wrong. The main thing to remember is that this is your word. It’s not for your child, parent, partner, spouse, sister, etc.

And what do you do with this one little word?

You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.

Matt Wachel then recommended Jon Gordon’s book to us, One Word That Will Change Your Life.  We have ordered the book and have been thinking about our OLW for 2014.  


Which word will change our lives?  Which word will we invite into our lives?  Will it lead us?  Since Tuesday we have been trying to let a word find us and remembering that there is no right or wrong.

Today we are celebrating this new idea and its possibilites in our lives – One Little Word.

Clare’s OLW for 2014:

I think my word found me through all of you -my new PLN.  You introduced me to the idea of OLW and encouraged me to give GRIT a go!  So GRIT will be my word for 2014.  I want to think more about GRIT. What is it?  How do we find it?  How do we allow ourselves to continue to grow and push ourselves even in those moments when we do not meet our goals?  I have always thought about GRIT in a physical sense.  I want to open myself up to thinking about different types of GRIT and how GRIT can help me in a variety of situations in my life.  Thanks everyone for helping me invite GRIT into my life.

Tammy’s OLW for 2014:

Over the past few weeks, I have noticed the word TIME again and again.   It actually feels like this word is choosing me instead of the reverse.   It all began with #Nerdlution – doesn’t everything


My goal is to write and exercise for 30 minutes each day and except for a few missed days I have met these goals (I am meeting one right now as I write this.)   Thinking about how to schedule thirty minutes for writing and exercise has helped me be a bit more thoughtful about how I use TIME in general.  Now I am much more conscience of how long I am spending on something.   I want to continue paying attention to how I use my TIME in 2014.

Celebrate this Week

As I was reading the Celebrate Posts on December 28th, the word TIME appeared again.  I love the way Julie Johnson organized this post – time for family, time to create, time for solitude….   Her post captures an important message about time and I want to make sure that I make time for important things in 2014.

Coach to Coach

On December 30th Heather Radar also wrote about TIME – To Give a Thing its Time.   This post looks at TIME in a different way – Sometimes we need to stay with things a bit longer than we anticipated.    Sometimes we need to let go of our timeframes and deadlines.    I’m sure that in 2014 there will be many things that I need to give their time and I want to remember this important message.


So GRIT and TIME are our words for 2014 …. we cannot wait to see where they take us!

Clare and Tammy


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    Michelle Haseltine (@Mhaseltine)
    Posted at 12:56h, 04 January Reply

    I’ve done OLW since 2009. I think you’ll like where it takes you both. Grit & Time…good words with lots of potential!! Happy 2014! Thanks for sharing that book, too. I’d never heard of it. I’d love to hear what you think of it!

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 13:51h, 04 January Reply

      Thanks Michelle – We are looking forward to thinking about these two words throughout the year. Happy New Year!

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    Leigh Anne
    Posted at 14:20h, 04 January Reply

    Last year was my first time for OLW and it was an amazing experience. Once I chose the word, it found its way into all aspects of my life. Many times without my even realizing it! I think you will enjoy and be amazed at what lies ahead now that you have chosen your words. I have also ordered the book, and can’t wait to read it.

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 20:24h, 04 January Reply

      We can’t wait to see how our OLW(s) become a part of our lives. We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts about One Word Will Change You Life.

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    Margaret Simon
    Posted at 14:31h, 04 January Reply

    I love the idea of the one little word. Last year I needed to Accept some things about my body and my writing. This year I am Open. I am taken away by all the words people choose and for what reasons. Good luck with Grit and Time, two things we can all use a little more of.

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 20:34h, 04 January Reply

      Thanks for the well wishes Margaret. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about OPEN.

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 14:41h, 04 January Reply

    I love hearing the path that your words have already taken you. I just read Hatchet with a group of young students & introduced the word ‘grit’ to them. After learning about it, they made it their own, applying it to their own lives while we discussed Brian’s challenges. The word ‘time’ also came up often, the fact that he had ‘time’ to problem-solve and observe, something we do not do in the focused way he did. Your words have already touched me! And, finally, my step-father often told how he sold the newspaper “Grit” as a young boy pre-WWII. He was able to make a little money for the family because of that. I looked it up & it’s still going, but now a magazine-might be fun to look! Here’s the link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grit_(newspaper)
    Happy New Year!

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    Posted at 16:29h, 04 January Reply

    Clare & Tammy,
    These sound like words to celebrate. I haven’t decided about OLW yet this year. I’m enjoying reading everyone’s posts and like your idea of letting a word find me. Perhaps that is what I am waiting on — a word that finds me. I’ll be looking forward to following your journey.


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    Posted at 16:36h, 04 January Reply

    Hi Clare and Tammy – Love your words! I actually referred to Tammy’s “grit” word when reflecting on what my #OLW would be this year. And Clare – time is a perfect word, especially for someone who is in the sandwich generation as you are right now.
    Best of luck to both of you with your #OLWs!

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    Posted at 16:38h, 04 January Reply

    Nice! Both words found their way to you, Clare and Tammy, in such interesting ways.

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 20:42h, 04 January Reply

      Blogging has connected us to so many people. We are so grateful for all we have learned from everyone. Happy New Year!

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    Ann Marie Corgill
    Posted at 17:03h, 04 January Reply

    Clare and Tammy–Thanks so much for sharing your celebrations and your OLWs with us today! My word for 2014 is BLESSING. Thanks for always sharing and teaching me so much–and for the blessing of your friendship!
    Happy Saturday!
    Ann Marie

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 20:43h, 04 January Reply

      We feel the same about you. Blessings is a wonderful word to focus on in 2014 – Can’t wait to hear all about it.

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    Posted at 18:49h, 04 January Reply

    I love the words…both of them! I loved how you explained your thinking too. I failed MISERABLY at my Nerdlution goal to exercise….as much as I write…..perhaps it was just not a good goal for me!
    I am up and trying to focus on my OLW….last year it was patience but this year….I THINK am choosing to find and seek JOY.!!!!!!! I

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 20:52h, 04 January Reply

      Nerdlution has really helped us learn how difficult it is to meet a goal. I think we are all going to have some important experiences to share with our students.

      JOY is such a wonderful choice. We can’t wait to read about the JOYS you find in 2014.

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    Posted at 20:18h, 04 January Reply

    You have chosen great words. I like to read how people find their OLW (or how the word finds them.) During a year it is refreshing to read how the words guide lives. I learn from these reflections. Cheers to the possibilities that Grit and Time will bring.

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      Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 20:53h, 04 January Reply

      Thanks so much. We can’t wait to learn from the reflections that everyone will write in 2014.

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    Gigi McAllister
    Posted at 21:30h, 04 January Reply

    Yes Clare, I do think grit is your word for this year. It has so many uses. Tammy, your word of Time is great. I have been thinking about the same thing recently. I know I waste a ton of time is unimportant things. I will be revealing my olw on Tues. for my slice of life. Mostly because I still have a few floating around in my head and one hasn’t chosen me yet.

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    Mary Lee Hahn
    Posted at 13:12h, 05 January Reply

    Love your words. I finally unveiled mine today!

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    Holly Mueller
    Posted at 14:26h, 05 January Reply

    Clare – have you seen this TED Talk on GRIT? http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit.html
    I also love the word TIME. Mine continues to be JOURNEY, and my daughter chose FEARLESS. I love the whole concept of OLW!!

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    Posted at 18:27h, 07 January Reply

    Grit and time. Perfect words! I’m unveiling my word on TWT tomorrow.

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