My daughter knows me well. She went shopping with a friend over Christmas break and came home excited to give me something she knew I would love. She was right. She gifted me a beautifully simple, small binder with bold words adorning the front: start somewhere. An elastic loop was attached just waiting for a beautiful pen to join it. As predicted, I loved it. We talked about how special those words were and how much I believed in them.
My life is busy. I am a literacy teacher educator and work with local school districts as a literacy coach/consultant. I am a writer and am publishing my first book in April. I have three kids who all play travel sports. I have four dogs who need time and attention. I have a husband who works long hours and travels often. And the list continues. I know many of you can relate.
But, I think big. I love imagining and dreaming what life could be, if I only had the time and energy to create it. I am addicted to Pinterest, but rarely actually do anything I pin (except the frozen whipped cream marshmallows made from cookie cutters for hot chocolate. That, I did!) The many goals I set for myself (and my family) can often be the very things that overwhelm me daily and actually cause stress, rather than inspiration. Can you relate?
So, the words ‘start somewhere’ were exactly what I needed as we geared up for the new year. I can set big goals, but the only way to reach them, or even get close to them, is to start somewhere. That, I can do. I can start writing with just one sentence everyday (courtesy of @Kimberlygmoran from the #TeachWrite chat last night!). I can get healthier by drinking one more glass of water. I can build my PLN by sending just one extra tweet. And I can take care of myself with just an extra 15 minutes of sleep.
Start somewhere. Such beautifully simple words to launch me into the new year, confident that I can indeed start somewhere instead of becoming paralyzed later in the year when the large goals I set for myself still seem out of reach. Start somewhere. Comforting words that remind me that as long as I try, I can never fail. Start somewhere. The gift from my daughter to move forward and enjoy the journey wherever somewhere takes me.