PrintI am joining in with the Word of the Week linky for the first time in months. It is one I really like as it is about language and life.

My Word of the Week is proactive.

“The adjective proactive can describe a person who get things done. If you are proactive, you make things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen to you.

Active means “doing something.” The prefix pro- means “before.” So if you are proactive, you are ready before something happens. The opposite is being reactive, or waiting for things to unfold before responding. Think about winter cold season. A proactive person washes his hands and takes vitamins; a reactive person gets sick and takes cold medicine.”

Looking back, a lot of the so called impressive things I have done have come about through somebody else suggesting them or showing me the way. A teacher said I had an outside chance of getting into Oxbridge so I applied. My Dad told me perhaps I could help a charity so I visited one and ended up doing 20 years in that field. My blogging achievements certainly come from people believing me and inviting me to get involved in things.

I want to be more proactive because I know it works. My life has changed so much since starting Groovy Mums in late 2011 but there are other things I want to see happening for me. Groovy Mums was very much about taking proactive steps even if baby ones towards our dreams.

So this week, I was proactive. I did research, I learned new things and I reached out for help. This led to me discovering new opportunities and also to setting up Groovy Mums again albeit in a slightly different form. I am so looking forward to the journey ahead because when you get proactive, it is exciting and you can claim the results if things work out well.

Also this week, respect to Him Indoors who instead of handing a phone call straight to his manager, asked some pertinent questions and ended up with a new job as a result. Him Indoors is very much a plodder so this new streak pleases me a lot.

So there you have it – my word of the week is proactive and I for one intend it to become a way of life.

    What is causing smiley faces for me and my family?

    Well not much as it is one of those days where my sons have squabbled incessantly.  However, I have reasons to be cheerful to share with you.

    1. I travelled to France with my brother and teenage son.  We had a very lovely time with great weather, fine wines, tasty food and conversation.  There was laughter, the sharing of memories and the making of some new ones too.  I will be posting more about this once I have got my photographs sorted out. If you follow me on Instagram you will already be getting a sneak preview.

    2.  My brother has booked a holiday.  Part of my reason for the trip to France was to encourage him back into holidaying following the death of my Dad as they used to go together.  Mission accomplished.

    3. Him Indoors not only remembered to feed the other two children but also took them out and about including to Hayling Island.  They went in the sea and clearly had lots of fun.

    4. I have enjoyed getting back to things here although admit to sulking for a full two days after getting back.  I look forward to returning for more of the delights of France and hopefully in the not too distant future.

    5. I have had such support from friends online about my daughter’s struggles with her new school.  It has given me the strength to move forwards positively.  I think going down the home education route may help both her and also have a good effect on me too.  I do love throwing myself into something and there will be a lot to learn.

    6. We have got to the weekend and I am looking forward to relaxing with the family and a little trip to the charity shop.