While waiting at the Firestone Care Car Center for my inspection to be completed (being there for three hours gave me lots of time to read, think, and write), I stumbled upon #nerdlution on Twitter. Simple - set some goals and commit to them from Dec. 2 to Jan 20. I knew the encouragement I could get from the Twitter community would be just the thing to help me get started on some writing goals and more. So I'm in.
Here’s my plan:
1. Write every day. On Sunday I'll examine my schedule and make writiappointments for the week.
2. Read every day for at least 30 min. As co-chair of the Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Committee,
I have a ton of children's books to sift through and a pile of professional and pleasure reading waiting on my to- be
- read shelf. So this will be a combination of all of that - something for the book awards and something else
from a professional or pleasure read.
3. Practice intentional kindness. While I consider myself a fairly kind and compassionate person, I think I could do
more. At the end of every day I want to be able to verbalize an act of kindness - a kind word or gesture or even
thought that I accomplished with intention. It’s probably easier to practice this sort of kindness during the holiday
season, which is great, because hopefully by the end of January it will be a habit.
As I read through the goals others were posting, I was struck by the variety, but at the same time, the similarity among them. Many are centered around reading, writing, and living a more healthy lifestyle, but they are all about being the best people – teachers, spouses, parents, friends – that we can be. Being a part of the Twitter community never ceases to amaze me. I know I have friends out there who I may never meet in person, but who I continually learn from and celebrate with. Thank you all for your advice, encouragement, and friendship.