j o y.

2012 has seemed to snuck up on me. I mean I knew that the end of the year was almost here with Christmas rolling on by, but I never seem fully ready for it.  As a teacher, I naturally categorize the beginning of the year in August when the school year starts, and the end of the year in June when school ends. So I always kind of forget that our actual year ends in December, and I should be thinking of new year’s resolutions.

Since Stacey posted about having one little word for the new year on the two writing teachers blog, I’ve been trying to think of what my word should be. It’s always hard to narrow down your hopes and goal for a year into one little word. However, in the process I’ve came up with 3 words that I think are important for me this year:

  • freedom
  • love
  • joy

Out of these three words, I’m choosing j o y as my one little word! I feel like 2011 was a pretty amazing year for me in many ways. I grew a lot as a teacher, friend, and sister. I made some important decisions about my career and really deepened a lot of amazing friendships I have in Seoul and NY.

Even though this past year was really great, it was also really busy. I think that in a lot of ways, I lost sight of the joy I have in doing these things because I was more focused on getting things done than really enjoying the moment.

One of the definitions for joy in the dictionary is a source or cause of delight. I want to rediscover in 2012 my joy for teaching. I want it to be more than just a job. I want it to be something that gives me joy daily. I want to give my students joy in their journey as learners. I’m not really sure what that will look like practically every day, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out along the way.

I’m also hoping that I can experience more joy, not only in my teaching, but in my relationships, family and spiritual life.  I want to really delight in all the amazing people and blessings that God has placed in my life.

Here are some things I’ve found j o y in 2012 already!

Spending time with my brothers who like to take photos like me!

Spending time with my friends who do crazy things. Ok, this is not that crazy though.

Spending new year's with my extended family!

Fry pan chicken, deep conversations & melody JOY welton!

Hanging out with my brother in person!!

Starting a new teaching blog with an amazing, talented, and self confident friend!

What is your one little word for 2012?

For more slice of life entries go to two writing teachers! I hope some of you will join this amazing writing community this year. 🙂

6 thoughts on “j o y.

  1. the other ruth says:

    I love the pictures! I’m glad you started off the year slicing and that you are going to be looking for joy in your life this year. Good luck–I can’t wait to read more.

  2. Michelle @litlearningzone says:

    Love your OLW! It brings JOY to my heart! I’m still mulling over my OLW . . . and I hope it picks me soon! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the word and I hope you continue to find joy throughout your life! What an awesome, powerful word to live by!

  3. Ruth says:

    Cool photos. I love the coloring. Sweet. 🙂

    Joy is a good one… a few years ago I chose it’s cousin, DELIGHT.

    I love the power of One Little Word. Thanks for joining the adventure.


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