Checking in on my word of 2022

I was intentional about my word of 2022: Connections. I was craving this from deep in my soul, a need to be with my people in more meaningful and authentic ways. Connections continue to drive how I spent my time this year. I think this also makes me more mindful (a word from many years ago!) Lately connections have looked like:

*a 5 hour dinner catching up with a friend I haven’t seen in two years – lots of storytelling and sharing

* a 5 day trip to visit friends who moved away and who I have missed during the last two years – lots of laughter, loud singing, a new card game, and exploring a new-to-me city (Memphis). This trip did also have connecting flights, which were part of the inspiration for my graphic this year (see below). While connections are often a pain, it’s a first world problem I am happy to deal with as long as I can keep traveling!

* a day-long visit with my childhood best friend who is in my town on her vacation – lots of walking, talking, reminiscing and eating

* silly text exchanges with friends near and far

* making videos for my nephews

* sharing the books I love with my online book community

Brene Brown, in her latest book that I own but haven’t read yet, talks about the importance of connecting with ourselves first so we can better connect with others. This rings so true with where I am in life right now, and how my own hobbies and habits are about connecting with me. I’m moving her book to the top of my nonfiction to-be-read stack so I can dive in deeper to her research and findings.

Previous posts on Connections this year:

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Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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1 Response to Checking in on my word of 2022

  1. Andree Grey says:

    I loved reading this one and seeing how your connections have been such a priority! You will have to tell me about your new card game! I love card games! I played a new Board game that was great with multi-generations- Mind the Gap.

    Will look for your review on Brené’s new book!

    Andrée Grey, Ed.D.
    Superintendent
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