Last year, my Word of the Year was More.
- More miles
- More family time
- More charitable donations
I am happy that, for the most, I did more. I ran more miles in 2013 (558.91) than 2012 (427.7). I put a lot of emphasis on spending family time together, making sure that some fun activities like the Polar Express involved all three of us, even if that took a little more effort/planning to make sure Husband wasn't working or traveling for work. I don't feel like we made a huge impact on the charities I had planned to focus, but with apps like Charity Miles and some other donations that came up mid-year, I feel like I have made a more positive impact on the world than in past years.
As I turn the calendar to 2014, I am also turning a page in my own life. This semester, I am officially a Northern Arizona University Lumberjack, working towards my masters in English.
I have hemmed and hawed over my masters for far too long; Husband graduated in 2007, and since then, it's been "my turn" to go back. Some days I would think that I needed to get my masters in Something Practical (read: not English). Some days I would think that I needed to study What I Love (read: English). Finally, the days when I thought the latter far outweighed the former, and the decision was made. I'll be taking all my classes online, which does restrict my class options a little, but I will be able to take some electives within the education college, which will in turn help me add some practicality to my new degree, which I should earn in December 2015.
As such, while I will continue to run more miles, spend as much time with my husband and daughter as possible, and give back when and where I can, my main focus for 2014 is on myself and my books. Hopefully the work-life-school balance will be manageable in the first half of the year; I'm counting on HRH's entrance into kindergarten next fall to allow me a greater ability to focus on work during the work day so my school hours can be more tightly focused as well.
I've always loved learning, and I was a good "traditional" student (I still take notes when I'm reading books for fun), but after not having been in a class since 2002, I'm also a little nervous. I'm not new to online learning (after all, I teach online now), but it will be a new perspective being a student. That being said, I'm excited at this new chapter in my life, and I can't wait to see what doors it may open to me!
What is your word/motto for 2014?