This morning, I read a wonderful New Year’s blog post by Sue Dunlop: one of our Board’s superintendents, and an educator, blogger, and person that I truly admire. Like Sue, I hadn’t really planned on writing a New Year’s post. I’ve never done so before. I blog very regularly — sometimes it seems like too much 🙂 — and I try to reflect all the time as well. I wasn’t sure that there would be more for me to add in a New Year’s post. But Sue’s post was different than the New Year’s blog post that initially came to mind. In her post, she came up with “one word” to really focus on as she continues to learn, reflect, and grow in the coming year. I liked this idea. My one word for 2015 is getting (doesn’t count 🙂 ) uncomfortable.
For the year ahead, I’m going to try to challenge myself to do things that are hard.
- Maybe it will be performing at another school assembly.
- Maybe it will be talking to someone new.
- Maybe it will be making new connections with colleagues both at my school and online.
- Maybe it will be spending a little more time in the staffroom and at a different spot at the long table.
- Maybe it will be coming home and getting on the exercise bike first instead of doing the school work that has always been first for my “at home routine.” (The school work will still get done, but maybe just a little later on.)
- Maybe it will be taking some more time on the weekends to spend with friends and family. (I like to use the weekends to prepare for the week ahead, and I still will, but maybe I’ll also work in a little more time for me too.)
- Maybe it will be taking the plunge, and having some conversations that I know I need to have, but just haven’t worked up the courage to yet.
These are all challenges for me. They’re all going to give me that stomach swirling feeling of being uncomfortable, but I know that they’ll also help me be a better person and teacher. What’s your “word” for 2015?
I look forward to reflecting throughout the year and seeing just how well I do at embracing this uncomfortable feeling. Let the new year start with a wonderful new challenge! Thanks Sue!