I have many words and phrases that I like to focus on to help keep me moving forward in my life. Many of them are my go-tos when I need assistance under stress...words like believe, be brave, and listen with an open heart. However, while looking for this year's one word, I struggled. I knew I wanted it to apply to work, family, and my health, but that seemed to be a lofty goal for just one word.
After much reflection (and some time reading through inspirational quotes on Pinterest)
I found my word:
transformation: a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.
When I read that definition, I knew I had found my #oneword.
"Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your wings are ready" is a great metaphor for the transformation I have been making this year from teacher to principal. I'm no longer a teacher, but I am far from feeling like a "real" principal. Yes, I have the title and I complete the work of a building administrator, but I know I am far from being where I want to be. Over this next year, I hope to move forward in my transformation from classroom teacher to administrator.
Another area where I need the magic of transformation is when I drive home at night...I need to transform from principal to mother and wife. Often, I take the 45-minute ride to reflect. My goal is that I will be kind to myself during that reflection and let go of the day by the time I walk in my front door.
My final area of transformation needs to be how I take care of myself. Being responsible for my family, 370 students, 40 staff members, a home, and a school can take up a lot of my day. Just typing that makes me tired. But, it doesn't mean I can't find time to eat right, move more, laugh with my friends, go on dates with my husband, and relax with the kids. In fact, I need to do those things to find the girl who felt good about herself before I began this journey last summer. It will take great focus, but the transformation to feeling like my old self will be worth it.
Principal of PreK-6th Grade