One Forward Word: 2017

by Olivia Miller

The start of the new year and the new semester is upon us, with students back for their first day this Monday. While I am sad for the break to be over (lots of family and traveling), I am happy to be back at work and being around students again. With the start of the new year, I found many people posting on social media their one word for the year. Last year, I decided that my word would be fearless. I knew there would be a lot of change for 2016 and I wanted to be without fear at this time. While I stayed mostly positive during my job search (and found happiness with where I ended up), I did falter and experienced fear many times – both personally and professionally. This year, I have decided on my word – forward.

Forward, progress and growth are all words interrelated and what I want to focus on in 2017. I want to move forward in my career celebrating my first #SAPro birthday in May, move forward in confidence within my job, move forward in professional goals (submitting a conference proposal, getting onto campus committees, increased involvement in NACADA). I also want to move forward in my personal life. Two personal goals I have set for 2017 is to read at least 30 minutes a day, and to work out at least five times a week. Reading lost its shine during graduate school and I miss getting lost in books. I have over 15 books that are unread in my apartment, and dedicating time for 30 minutes allows me to move forward across many pages and stories. With working out, I just signed up for my second half-marathon in May – moving forward in dedicating time for my health and fitness (and of course, moving forward the many steps it takes to train and complete a half-marathon).

With my word of fearless in 2016, I expect that I will experience some set-backs with my choice of forward. Maybe I won’t reach my goals, and that’s okay – I am at least trying and putting in the effort. The best and minimum thing I can do this year is take what I learned from 2016, the good, the bad (the very bad), and move forward and grow as much as I can. I hope each of you can find a word, or a few goals for this year, and that you are ready to tackle on 2017!

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