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January: The Month for Fresh Starts
January, a chilly month in which to stay warm until Valentine’s Day,
features the latest sunrise of the year as well as holidays like New
Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Traditionally, it’s viewed as
a time for fresh starts, for making resolutions to improve our quality
of life and personal behavior, and for taking stock of ourselves, which
is a good practice at any time of year. Some people love January because
they value the quiet interlude it offers after the holidays. Others
dislike the effort needed to start over, whether it means returning to
work or school or simply beginning a new calendar year. However, the
month has many other features that have been pondered and commented on
through the decades, such as its leading place in the calendar and its
reputation as a time for making resolutions.
The following is a collection of quotes related to the month of January that are perfect for writing on your whiteboard painted wall
to help inspire you in the work-from-home office or to encourage your
children in the homeschool setting. According to psychologist and
motivation expert Dr. Jonathan Fader, posting such quotes can be highly
effective on people who are open to positive, coherent messages that use
powerful images and appeal to their hopeful nature. So, to help uplift
your thinking and examine aspects of your life that you want to change
or overcome, you can make use of your whiteboard wall as a posting area.
Try regularly writing down three to seven of these quotes that best
resonate with your work-from-home or homeschool goals. With any luck,
you’ll find some food for thought among these observations, as well as
some humor and personal inspiration for the coming year.
Regarding January First
1. “We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room,
drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this
year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our
lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ―Ellen Goodman (U.S.
2. “I love beginnings. If I were in charge of calendars, every day
would be January 1.”―Jerry Spinelli (U.S. writer of children’s novels)
3. “I’ll never understand why everybody puts so much emphasis on
January first. There are three hundred and sixty-four other days in the
year that you can make a change.” ―Elizabeth Eulberg (U.S. author)
4. New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday. — Charles Lamb (English essayist and poet)
About Fresh Starts
5. “New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter waiting to be
written.” ― Sarah Ban Breathnach (best-selling U.S. author,
philanthropist, and public speaker)
The first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again,
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New beginnings, new attitudes” ― Charmaine J. Forde (U.S. author and poet)
7. “And now we welcome the New Year, full of things that have never
been.” – Rainer Maria Rilke (Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist)
8. “Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”– Alfred, Lord Tennyson (renowned English poet)
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering, ‘it will be happier.’” ― Alfred, Lord Tennyson
10. “New beginnings are in order, and you are bound to feel some
level of excitement as new chances come your way.” – Oscar Auliq-Ice
(U.S. author, humanist, and philanthropist)
11. “Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by
believing.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach (U.S. author, philanthropist, and
12. “Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are
found for the New Year.” – John R. Dallas (U.S. author, management
consultant, and coach)
13. “Enter this New Year with gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams.”– Avina Celeste (U.S. writer)
14. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley (U.S. country music singer and songwriter)
15. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if
you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new
things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing
your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more
importantly, you’re Doing Something. Whatever it is you’re scared of
doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ― Neil Gaiman
16. “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put
words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and its first
chapter is New Year’s Day.” ―Edith Lovejoy Pierce (Anglo-American poet
17. “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”― T.S. Eliot (renowned Anglo-American poet)
18. “New Year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story?
Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” — Alex Morritt (British
author, poet, and lyricist)
19. “The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book waiting
to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody
Beattie (U.S. author of self-help books)
20. “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.” – Vern McLellan (U.S. author)
21. “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it
right.”– Oprah Winfrey (U.S. talk show host, T.V. producer, actor,
author, and philanthropist)
22. “Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365
blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last
year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the
charity we forgot to offer.” ― Peggy Toney Horton (U.S. author)
23. “What do you need in the New Year? You need a dream; your dream
needs action; and your action needs right thinking. Without right
thinking, you can have only unrealized dreams.” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
(Turkish playwright, novelist and thinker)
24. “Things to do in January:
• Read a good book
• Get a library card
• Walk 30 minutes a day
• Send a birthday card to a friend
• Invest in a fitness tracker
• Buy a coin jar and save those quarters and nickels
• Donate to a charity
• Volunteer 45 minutes of your time to an organization
• Take a yoga class
• Volunteer at bingo night at a nursing home.” ― Charmaine J. Forde (U.S. author and poet)
Concerning New Year’s Resolutions
25. “Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would
like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part.
It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the
year to come.” – Melody Beattie (U.S. author of self-help books)
26. “Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New Year’s
prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.” – Susan Sontag (U.S.
writer, filmmaker, philosopher, and teacher)
27. “Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long
after the excitement of the moment has passed.” — Cavett Robert (U.S.
28. “New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, providing
this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” – James Agate
(English diarist and theatre critic)
29. “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!” – Joey Adams (U.S. comedian, radio host, and author)
30. “January is always a good month for behavioral economics: Few
things illustrate self-control as vividly as New Year’s resolutions.
February is even better, though, because it lets us study why so many of
those resolutions are broken.” ― Sendhil Mullainathan (Indian professor
of computation and behavioral science)
31. “No one’s ever achieved
financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by
February.”―Suze Orman (U.S. financial advisor, author, and podcast host)
32. “Many years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to never make New
Year’s resolutions. It’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept!”–
D.S. Mixell (U.S. legal assistant and author)
Opinions about January
33. “January is the month for dreaming.” — Jean Hersey (U.S. writer)
34. “January, month of empty pockets! Let us endure this month,
anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead.” — Sidonie Gabrielle
Colette (French author and woman of letters)
35. “January: When everyone on Facebook becomes a weather forecaster.” — Anonymous
36. “January is the calendar’s ingrown hair.” ― Stewart Stafford (Irish actor)
37. “If I had my way, I would remove January from the calendar
altogether and have an extra July instead.”―Roald Dahl (British
novelist, short-story writer, and poet)
38. “To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.”―Jean Paul (German Romantic writer)
The Downsides of Using Interactive Whiteboards
1. Time Required for Lesson Preparation
Designing and preparing lessons for use with these devices is extremely time consuming, because teachers need to research, evaluate, interpret, install, and maneuver the software programs that allow the devices to be used.
2. Insufficient Training Can Lead to Problems
Teachers who lack adequate training often have difficulty using electronic whiteboards, which cause frustration for teachers that leads to the decline of student morale, classroom atmosphere, and respect for the teacher.
3. Student Height Limitations
Young students and older students who are short in stature typically have trouble reaching an interactive whiteboard’s top portion.
4. Problems with Lighting and Display
Whiteboards are hard to see when sunlight hits them so they have to be positioned correctly, with effective blinds in the classroom or meeting area where the boards are used.
5. Problems Caused by Remote Access
Remote data entry typically results in the generation of mixed signals, on-screen nonsense, and an overload of inputs. In addition, teachers might experience problems if students use their remote access ability to for other purposes.
6. Cost of Purchase, Installation, Training, and Maintenance
Perhaps the greatest disadvantage of using interactive whiteboards is their high initial cost, which ranges from $1,500 on the very low-end to $6,500+ each depending on model. In comparison, traditional whiteboards cost anywhere from $25.00 to $600.00 each and a ReMARKable Clear Whiteboard Paint 100 Square Foot Kit only costs around $315.00.
7. Negative Impact on Eye Health
Continuously staring at interactive whiteboard screens, especially in dark rooms, can strain the eyes and thus negatively impact students’ eyesight.
8. Limitations on the Touch-Sensitive Function
The screens, at times, may fail to be responsive enough to convey the information required. This shortcoming can be quite frustrating to users such as teachers in classroom settings, as it interferes with lesson plans and students’ ability to learn effectively.
9. Distortion of Data
The advantage of simultaneous data entry from various points can quickly turn into a drawback if a board distorts or jumbles information coming from multiple input devices at the same time. Such an incident can end up being quite messy and the data presented might lose meaning.
10. Resistance from Older Teachers
Old school teachers are often uncomfortable with using high-tech devices in the classroom, including interactive whiteboard. Some find the devices too complex while others complain about having to change their long-established instructional styles when required to use them.
Virtual meetings are playing an increasingly important role in the lives of today’s company owners, project managers, and others who work with remote teams in business, the professions, and education. Over the last decade, the number of such meetings has risen significantly, going from the occasional conference call ten years ago, to today, when project managers spend many of their working hours on video conferences, conference calls, and other types of online meetings. These remote activities are more cost-effective and time-saving than in-person contacts, as they permit connection-making from anywhere in the world, and the sharing of a broad range of information in real-time with many team members all at once.
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