My One Little Word for 2017

3 Jan

For me, most of 2016 was excellent. Last week I reflected that I was ready to emerge from the cocoon of contentment. I had an idea for my 2017 OLW, but I needed THE WORD. As I was working though my new physic routine, it came to me:


Some of my exercises are to strengthen muscles, but others are meant to stretch parts of me that have atrophied. I am supposed stretch far enough that I feel it, but not so far that I re-injure or cause new damage. And that is precisely what I want to do.

As an introvert, it can be uncomfortable to stretch beyond my comfort zone. But I rarely regret doing so. And the buoyed confidence that results is empowering. I have some events coming that will stretch me:

I am a Cybils Audiobook judge for the first time. I know how to evaluate text and I know what I like in audiobooks. I get to learn how to blend these skills.

In three weeks I will go to the ALA conference in Atlanta and begin my term on the 2018 Sibert Informational Book Award.  My experience on the Morris Committee was excellent and a good introduction to ALA book award committees. This committee will require more work and more meetings, but I am excited to begin.

As I filled out my 2017 calendar earlier this week, I could see the  year is laid out before me. I want to meet  whatever challenges and opportunities the year brings with a cheerful and eager heart.

8 Responses to “My One Little Word for 2017”

  1. Melanie January 3, 2017 at 6:21 am #

    I love your Stretch graphic and the last line in your post: cheerful and eager heart. My word this year is expose…meaning I will emerge from my own introverted comfort zone. 🙂

    • Adrienne January 3, 2017 at 6:23 am #

      I tis hard to leave that comfort zone. I almost chose RISE, but thought STRETCH was a more realistic option for me.

  2. Joanne Toft January 3, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    Stretch is a great word. It can be used in so many ways! Working on the book committee will be great! Have a great year!

  3. Alice Nine January 3, 2017 at 8:23 am #

    Such a great word, but I must admit my first reaction was, “Ouch!” 😊 Your graphic is wonderful–putting it in the context of your words, I see your feet going many places and your arms reaching out to embrace people and plans. Happy New Year!

  4. Terje January 3, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    Stretch is a good word in all areas of life – physical, mental and emotional, personal and professional. Wishing you a wonderful year. May your OLW surprise you.

  5. arjeha January 3, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    Stretch is a perfect word. How else can we grow if we don’t stretch a little bit. Stretching does warm one up for bigger and better things. May you continue to stretch and grow. Happy New Year.

  6. rosecappelli January 3, 2017 at 10:09 am #

    Love this reminder that in order to grow we need to stretch. Congratulations on the being part of the book committee!

  7. LSquared January 3, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

    If you only build muscle without stretching you hurt yourself. Stretching is the ying of the yang. And I suspect you are so ready for a good stretch. Enjoy your discoveries in 2017!

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