#Hello2016

Happy New Year!  

Hello 2016!  It's a brand new year and the beginning of a new year of adventures.  I am already excited for 365 days that are yet to come...I'm ready to see what this new year has for me!

January 1 was an amazing day.  I had the privilege of being the guest moderator on the #TOSAchat today on Twitter.  Today was Day 11 of the "12 Days of #TOSAchat" and you can see the question I put out to my #TOSAchat PLN in the image below.

Those of you who know me well know that I LOVE to sleep in whenever I can.  Despite being New Years Day, I set my alarm to be up and ready for the start of our slow chat today on Twitter. Knowing that the chat would focus on personal and professional goals, I spent some time reflecting yesterday and selecting what goals I would set for myself in the coming year.  I have learned, by experience, that when I put my goals on paper I am way more likely to see them come to fruition.  It is no surprise that I made a visual representation of these goals and had it ready to post on Instagram at 8 o'clock on January 1, 2016.  

My goals, personal and professional, for 2016:

As soon as I got my own post done for Day 11 of #TOSAchat, I began to clean and purge and eliminate clutter that had accumulated over the past few months.  Don't ask me why I started this at 8:00 a.m. on New Years Day.  But...it felt SO GOOD to clear off my desk, clean up bookshelves, and eliminate the stuff that has piled up.  What was even better was the fact that all day long, between cleaning and dusting, was the sound of notifications on Twitter (and my new Apple Watch) that someone had posted in the slow chat.  All day long I had the privilege of talking with folks all over the United States, folks already in my PLN and new friends from today, about the goals they were setting for 2016.  It felt like friends near and far were sharing their hopes and dreams for 2016 with me all day...it was an honor to share so many moments and comment back with encouragement, affirmation, and my best wishes for the goals they were making.  

One of the coolest things about today was that I got to connect with so many new people...both near and far!  Another highlight was that we shared #TOSAchat with #FlyHighFri today and many people were posting about #oneword2016 that would be their theme for the new year.  I had never heard of this hashtag, so naturally I had to check it out!  Jackpot!  What a positive place and a new aspect I can bring into PLN.  Of course, I had to pick my one word.

FORWARD.  That is the word I chose for 2016.  Forward, to me, means movement and growth in the personal and professional goals I created.  Since I have set many goals for the next 365 days, forward movement will be how I measure my progress.  I have been known to joke and say, "Even if I fall flat on my face, at least I know I'm moving forward."  It's movement.  It's growth.  It's progress.  Some of the goals will require baby steps.  Some are already set in motion.  Forward.  In 2016, I want to always move forward.

As I wrap up today and think about today's slow chat, I can only smile as I think about the amazing PLN that I connected with in 2015. The #TOSAchat group has been a place of inspiration and encouragement.  A place to share anything and everything, from eduWINS to eduFAILS with some eduOMGs thrown in too, this place is where I feel at home.  I came across a quote today that I feel sums up how I feel about #TOSAchat and my PLN.  

Positive energies are contagious.  TOSAchat energy is contagious.  2016 will prove it.  I know it is going to be a great year.  Here's to the road ahead...and Happy New Year!