learning, life

One Word for 2015 #OneWord

(image taken from http://www.mashable.com)
(Image taken from http://www.mashable.com)

These days that we have been on holidays for Christmas and the New Year, I have had more time to read blogs (apart from teach a bit, study a lot for my Masters program and spend time with my family!). I have seen a lot of teachers around the world take up the One Word challenge – a word that will represent them for 2015. I first saw Tia Henriksens blog post and I loved what she had written – then I saw Aviva Dunsiger‘s which I also loved and thought – I would love to write on this too!

My word for 2015 is not an original one, and it is one that has represented me ever since I was a little girl: LEARN. I want to continue to do that on a lot of other levels and topics.

Here they are:

– Even though I have an over full-time job and  business to run, I enjoy both tremendously and do not want to stop learning more about my work and I read various books, magazines and I come into contact with people who do the same and learn from and with them – either face-to-face or on social media. This will definitely continue this year!

– My Masters program is one of the best choices I have made the past few years. In September 2014, I started a MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Portsmouth, UK. It was something I have always wanted to do since I graduated from university with a BA in English Language and Literature. It is an amazing experience and I want to learn more on this fantastic journey! It has already taught me a lot, not only about languages, linguistics and TESOL, but also about time management and writing academically again after a very long time. Here is to another great year of learning!

Language learning! Two years ago, I started learning Turkish with my teacher Dinçer Demir and we have kept on all this time, both battling our busy schedules – so this year we will also continue. I will also keep on learning German, as I am very pleased with my progress so far and I want to learn how to speak and write really well.

– Last year, after summer, I realised I had had such a great holiday, but why wait for the summer to do things for myself? If we are not well physically

A close-up of the scarf I knit for Maggie
A close-up of the scarf I knit for Maggie

and mentally, we do not do good not only to ourselves but also to our families, students and colleagues. So I wanted to start yoga classes, but who would teach me either very early in the morning or very late at night, as those are the only times I am free (preparing for work, or studying, but I have to squeeze in my well-being in there too : )? So I found a brilliant YouTube Channel called Yoga with Adriene. Now, I do not know a single thing about yoga, but I love Adriene because she helps us out a lot, even beginners or inflexible people like myself and I feel really good after each session – I want to keep learning from her this year as well!

– You might laugh, but I have always loved knitting, so I started again last year – I have already knit a scarf for Maggie, my niece and am now knitting one for Nicholas, my nephew – I want to learn more patterns and techniques this year. Thank heavens for YouTube, Pinterest and blogs : )

In general, I want to continue learning and learn new things as well!

Wishing you all a great New Year and may 2015 bring you everything you wish for!

 

 

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36 thoughts on “One Word for 2015 #OneWord”

  1. Wow, Vicky, you are certainly busy! Didn’t realise you were doing so much. Very best wishes for all things in 2015 for you and hope to see you somewhere at some time 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Mike!

      I know you are very busy too and I love everything you do, be it your new job and all it entails, your blogging and materials writing. I hope I can keep up with everything and the past six months have proven that with some self-discipline and love for everything I do, I can do them : ) Sometimes not everything, but I still try.

      I wish you also a super 2015 and see you at IATEFL, I hope!

  2. Best wishes and all the best of health happiness and luck to you and your sister Vicky mou in all your present and future endeavors. God be with you now and forever. Best from Bucharest

  3. Hi Vicky! I knew you were a superwoman but this is amazing. I know several people who love knitting, and I used to knit a lot too in the past, so I’m not surprised that you are fond of this relaxing activity. I just have no idea where you find the time to do all the things you do – plus you take the time and effort to connect with and support so many people around you. I wish you a wonderful year full of learning and love 🙂

    1. Dear Hana,

      Thank you ever so much for your kind words and motivation! I try, sometimes some things don’t get done the way I want them to, but I try to enjoy what I am doing : )

      Great to hear you are also a fellow-knitter! And you are a superwoman too, mom, teacher, blogger and so on! So admirable.

      I wish you all the best for 2015, for you and your wonderful family.

      Hugs,
      Vicky

  4. This is all so great, Vicky, congrats!
    Tell me more about your MA, how has it been? I started mine last year at Leicester and my biggest struggle has been the feeling of isolation. Do you interact a lot with your classmates?
    Wish you a superb 2015!

    1. Hi Thiago!

      Congratulations on starting your MA! I think it is a matter of time, it just needs time to start connecting with classmates. I am slowly starting too.

      Have a great New Year!

  5. Oh wow Vicky, I’m just so happy I have one more week of holidays to do my round of reading the blogs – and yours is first!))
    Your ideas for the year ahead sound fantastic and I sincerely wish you to hold on to these things you’re doing! I have my similar list and there are about a dozen things I intend to do this year. My big (huge) problem is fighting laziness. HOW?!))

    Also, I wish I could meet you this year. And do yoga (thanks for the link!!).

    Seriously, reading your blog post now has brightened up my day! Thank you for being out there/ here =)

    Big Hugs

    1. Ann!

      Thanks so much for reading and for your wonderful comment : )

      You will love the yoga sessions, I find her amazing. I try to do these things, but sometimes I might be tired / unmotivated, or just want to do something else – but music helps me a lot! I listen to it all the time, even as a background in my classes – and I find that it motivates students too : )

      Plus, I remind myself of how good I feel after having done one or all of these things, and that instantly acts as a motivator. I hope to see you this year too and I am grateful we are friends!

  6. Hey Vicky – Yoga is the new black 😉
    I was given an exercise mat, toeless socks and other similar stuff as a Christmas present, since I started in Sept and they’re trying to encourage me to keep it up 😉
    I can’t believe you’ve enrolled for that MA on top of everything else … I wish you absolutely all the best for this exciting new year
    Grosses bises

    1. Anne! My smiley lady : )

      Thank you so much for your comment and strength you give me : ) Yay now we will be yoga buddies!

      Sending you all my love and best wishes for 2015!

  7. Best wishes for all your plans! While I was reading your post I felt inspired and willing to make my own plans…..it’s just that sometimes I feel tired and it’s difficult to get things started…..it’s like I need someone to push me ….I must try listening to music as you do it might help! Thanks a lot. Happy New Year.

    1. Hi Silvia! Thanks so much for your comment and I am happy it is motivating : ) Like everyone, I get tired as well and sometimes I underperform or do not do some of these things…but I try! Have a super 2015!

  8. First of all I have to say that I admire you for doing so much stuff, I mean how do you find time for everything?? I wish you strength and good health and determination and I hope you will continue learning and teaching us!!! The idea of writing a post like that is amazing btw!! I am on it!!! Have a wonderful 2015!

    1. Hi Theodora mou! Thank you so much : ) As I know you are busy too, so that is inspiring for me as well : ) Keep it up and thank you so much for your wonderful wishes!

  9. Vicky mou, you are always an inspiration and your word choice represents what life should be about – learning and improving. I think it would be great if all of us shared our ONEWORD mottos – perhaps even create a ONEWORD chain, too? 🙂

    1. Hi Maria mou! I am happy you like the post! I do not know who started it, but as I mentioned I saw it from two educators in Canada – it will be and is growing into a big chain, I think!

      Thanks so much for your wonderful words, I really appreciate them : )

  10. Vicky you are so very inspiring! And helpful – I’m also in trouble find time for yoga. Off to check out that channel! Knitting is great to even out your other acitivities! Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful year!

  11. Naomi!

    Thank you so much for your never-ending enthusiasm and strength you give me! I think you will l o v e the yoga channel – I think she is great! I am enjoying the knitting so much and am constantly on the lookout for cool yarn colours : )

    Keep up being the amazing Naomi you are : )

  12. Καλή και δημιουργική χρονιά, γλυκούλα δασκαλίτσα μου, με υγεία, αγάπη, αστείρευτα χαμόγελα και φως! Πολύ φως!

    Φιλιά από ένα… μισοχιονισμένο Ηράκλειο

    Υ.Γ. Για το 2015 μου υποσχέθηκα να διαβάσω Αγγλικά. Πάλι. Και ξέρεις πόσο τα αγαπώ. Ε; Αλλά θα το κάνω. Λιγμ.

    1. Μαριλία μου!

      Σε ευχαριστώ τόσο πολύ για τις ευχές και σου εύχομαι κι εγώ ένα υπέροχο 2015! Μπράβο που θα ξαναρχίσεις τα Αγγλικά! YOU CAN DO IT!

    1. Haha! You should have heard me laugh, James : )

      I try my best, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but I am constantly learning : ) Thanks so much and a super 2015 to you too!

  13. Just came across your blog, and wow! You’ve inspired me to start writing mine again. 🙂
    I was wondering if you could tell me some about your MA. I’m considering the same programme at Portsmouth and can’t seem to find anyone with positive or negative reviews! I started the MA at Leicester last year but unfortunately, had to withdraw, and after a tiresome year spent trying to get my tuition fee refund, I’m hesitant to go back there.
    So is the programme at Portsmouth any good? Is there good tutor support and an engaging DL community on Moodle?

    1. Thank you so much, Pulkit – for your comment and kind words : )

      About the MA at Portsmouth, I am very pleased with it and we have a lot of support from our online tutors. I am definitely satisfied with my decision to do it.

      Good luck!

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