Welcoming the First Six Months of 2013

2013I really hate the hype that surrounds the resolutions, and fortune telling that occurs this time of year. As a result I tend to stay away from both news and social networks and focus on my six month personal plans.

Six months may seem like a very short amount of time, but if a project cannot be completed in that amount of time, six month is surely enough time to accomplish much towards the project’s completion.

Planning six months ahead in education is a huge amount of time. It is more than one semester. It is more than enough time to complete a well-crafted literature review. It is also a good amount to time to set long-term goals that may need refining within that amount of time.

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My Three Words for 2012

Just prior to Christmas, Chris Brogan challenged his followers to “come up with three words that will help you define your goals and experiences for the coming year.” This is in place of resolutions, which I’ve never quite understood, but that’s a topic for another blog posting.
This posting is about my brief journey to find three words that I could live by for the coming 12 months, and hopefully for years afterwards.

I had a bit of a head start on the list because earlier in December I had clearly defined what I’m passionate about. I had worked on that list for about three months before finding what ignites me. The list is surprising short, but a mind map of the words would be fodder for wallpaper.

My passions, in alphabetical order, are:
Communications (social media and PR)
Learning
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