A friend recently asked a group of us what word we would use to describe our year ahead. Everyone shared something different. One said “sparkly” because she’s getting married this year. Another shared “hope.” It took me only one moment to decide on my word for the year:
Living in New England, winters are long and cold. There are really only two choices during those endless months – hunker down and pray for daylight OR pick up a winter sport.
We have many to choose from…ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice skating, and more. Over the years, I have become proficient in quite a few, but in our house, skiing is the winter activity of choice.
Honestly, I’d rather be reading a book or watching a movie, enjoying our heating system. But I also want to spend quality time with my family and the two boys in my life are very active and love the outdoors. Rather than stay home alone all winter, once our son was old enough, he and I both learned how to ski.
Learning a new winter sport relatively late in life has taught me quite a bit about perseverance and what it takes to keep going when I’d rather be inside staying warm.
As a mother of a young child, I am constantly on alert. There are sounds that tell you if your child is in trouble, making trouble, or that silence that says “you better come look, because I’m getting into something I REALLY shouldn’t be.” As attentive as I tend to be, in order for my child to grow into an independent, contributing member of society, I can’t keep him as close as I would like all the time. I have to be willing to let him venture out, even if it means I keep an eye from a distance.
The electronics break is over after two weeks away. A (near) blackout from email, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and blogging. It got me to thinking about why – and whether – they are all necessary. The first one up for consideration? Twitter.
Being new to Twitter a few months ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A friend had recommended that I “join in on the conversation” due to my interests in project management and leadership. He said there were whole communities in the Twitter-verse to share thoughts and get feedback from one another. He was right. It wasn’t just about what the latest celebrity was up to, which is what I feared going in.