“Learn Grow Teach Go” is somewhat of a life mantra for me, which is why, after launching my site this year, I’ve noticed some wonderful changes about myself. Each time I write a post for “Learn Grow Teach Go” I pause or emphasize a new word in the mantra. When I think of the word “learn,” I ask myself what I have been learning lately that I can share with others. Similarly, “grow” challenges me to keep growing as a person, cultivating my talents, focusing on my health, and even addressing the spiritual side of me. “Teach” stems from my love of teaching English and Spanish and also “teaching” or assisting other teachers as we all continue to learn ways to best reach our kids. And so much can be summed up in “go.” “Go” challenges me to go new places, to try new things, and to live boldly and courageously. These “mantras” are mine for life, and in the few short months that I’ve been focusing on these words to produce material for this blog, I’ve seen my life and self-image change immensely. For this reason, I’ve created New Year’s “Mantras” for 2018. Just as with blogging, these mantras will help me see the big-picture and challenge myself to find new and creative ways to live out each one. I’ve always been a “big-picture” person, so now I see that my specific, grueling resolutions of the past never lasted long because repetition of a task, even if it is a beneficial task, means nothing to me after a while if I don’t have a way to keep the big picture in mind.
Here are my New Year’s Mantras for 2018. Check them out, and feel free to download a copy of your own at the end of this post!
“Dream a little. Live a lot.” These phrases sort of run together when I look at them on my page. They came to mind right away, which tells me something about myself. In 2018, I want to continue to pursue dreams that I perhaps once thought were silly or unnecessary. And I want to be sure to live out those dreams in any way possible.
“Cherish each day.” A lot has happened in the last year to remind me that our time is limited, and you never know when you or a loved one will pass. I intend to make each day count in 2018. Again, there are numerous ways to make this possible. I can call my loved ones more, send texts when I think of a dear friend, make more time for those closest to me, be intentional in conversations with my spouse, etc.
“Express Gratitude.” Along with cherishing each day naturally comes expressing gratitude. My absolute favorite time of the year is September-December, as the season changes and we start looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s blissful to be reminded of all I have to be thankful for, and I’d like to carry out that feeling for the other 9 months of the year. Expressing gratitude can be done through gratitude journals, notes/cards to others, or prayers and meditation.
“Be present.” Being present is important to me because I am a day-dreamer and someone whose mind is constantly at work. The mantra “be present” reminds me to take time to make memories now instead of always looking forward to new ones in the future.
“Value well-being.” Yes, I have health goals too for the new year, but they look much different than they have in the past. Though I do need to lose a decent amount of weight, I’m not setting number goals here. Number goals don’t work out for me because they are not the big-picture. The big-picture is being healthy and, more importantly, being happy. By referencing this mantra, I can remind myself why I want to lose weight, eat less sugar, drink more water, exercise more often, etc.
“Love Unconditionally.” I’m a newly wed, and marriage is tough sometimes. I also teach over a hundred freshmen in high school. My husband, my students, my coworkers, my friends, and my family all make mistakes sometimes. As one of my mantras for the new year, I’d like to remind myself to love unconditionally, to show grace, and to forgive.
“Smile.” Yes, sometimes I have to remind myself to smile. This simple word goes along with “cherishing each day,” “expressing gratitude,” and “being present,” but it’s a mantra I can practice instantaneously and feel immediate benefits from. I can smile at others, smile at myself in the mirror, and just smile when I’m living my life each day.
Beside each mantra, I described to you my personal inspiration for choosing these words/phrases, along with some examples of how I intend to make changes in my life to better live out these concepts. Below you’ll find a PDF file where you can print out a pretty copy of these mantras to hang in a spot where you’ll be reminded of them. You’ll also find a page for reflecting, in which you can write down one concrete way you plan to live out each mantra.
What are your goals for the year? Which mantra stands out to you the most, or maybe you have another mantra to share? Comment below!
Happy New Year, friends!
Welcome to Learn-Grow-Teach-Go! I’m Rachel. Join me as I explore what it means to be a life-long learner and begin to live out a more full, balanced, and simplistic lifestyle. I am currently a high school English teacher, and I enjoy traveling the world and adventuring in my spare time. Whether you’re looking for advice on living minimally and simplistically, teaching ideas and lessons, or travel tips and trips, you’ve found the right place. Glad to have you here!