One... Little... Word

Good morning!  I was up fairly early today pouring over a few of my favorite blogs via Bloglovin', and read about this great link up party via Primary Powers.  My friend Kim over at the Finding Joy in 6th Grade (great gal... great blog... go follow her if you aren't) was sharing how hard it is to pick just one word.  How you have to mull it over a little and think about how it will stay with you.  Last year, my one word was easy:  FAITH.  I knew there would be a lot of changes for my family in 2014.  We would be living in a new state, with new jobs, and a new home, new schools.  I needed Faith a lot in 2014 with all those life changes.  Now in 2015, I've had to think a little differently about my new word.  It's had to roll around a little in my head.  What do I want to accomplish this year?  What will settle me when stress wants to take over?  Here is what I think will stick with me this year:

I've listened to The Secret and The Power while making my morning commute to work in December.  I know that some people think it's hokey, and a pile of junk, but it came into my life at a time when I needed something to grab on to.  With the stress of holidays, EQTs for my own children, and my husband up to his ears in Marching Band- Bowl Game planning, I needed something to set my soul for the day, and these books did the trick.  I found myself waking in the morning and projecting gratitude outward into my life.  Thanking the universe for the health of my family, and the love I had for them.  Thanking the universe for the prosperity of my TpT store and the abundance of success I was having at school with my class.  And, well, it came back to me.  Here is one example:
If you read about my crazy December {HERE} you know that I took my daughter to New Orleans to play in Tuba Christmas in Jackson Square.  The rehearsal was at Loyola University.  No problem getting there, great parking spot up front, beautiful area.  I had to ask someone how to get to the French Quarter.  A mom who was there waiting for her husband and son started to give me directions, then realized they had changed some of the street names.  Because her family was already going to be heading down there, she jumped in the car WITH ME.. gave me directions to get to the French Quarter, showed me where to park, invited my family to eat lunch with her and her family, and kept track of where we needed to be in Jackson Square.  Random Act of Kindess?  You bet!  But I firmly believe it was because I projected gratitude and kindness out into the world, that when I NEEDED it, it returned to me.
Ok... I'm done.. THAT was a lot for ONE. LITTLE. WORD..
but hey, if you are at a crossroad, and need a little nudge, then maybe my story will help you!
Happy New Year!


  1. Nothing like crying on a weekday morning! (At least I wasn't at school!)
    That was SO SWEET of you to mention my little ol' blog! I was crying before I finished the first paragraph!
    Then... your New Orleans story! WOW. What an amazing experience that must have been! That was such a wonderful outpouring of kindness! But, then again, I'm guessing that the kindness that YOU share with others moves a lot like an endless circle in the universe...
    So glad you linked up. And it's a good thing I already have a word. Or I was going to have to choose... tissues!

    Coffee cup in hand/No lesson plans in sight!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

    1. Those are the kindest words! Thank you sweet friend!

  2. People can be so wonderful, but that doubles when the other is grateful! What a beautiful thing to reciprocate the positive things that come your way. Lovely choice of word!

  3. I love that story from your time in New Orleans! I love when people are nice!

    ☘ Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

  4. Great story Michele and great word!! I do believe when you give it, it will come back to you! I haven't read those books but someone told me about them. I might have to give them a try. I'm glad to hear that you are settled into your new home and school. Moving is hard!! Happy New Year!!

  5. My word is Happiness! 2015 will be the year where I stop getting lost in the terrible moments and push towards the ones worth remembering! <3

    1. Mary Catherine
      Happiness is a fabulous word! I know you can do it!


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