Last year, I picked transformation to help guide me through 2016. As I look back, I can’t help but see how perfect it was for me at the time. I was in my first year as a principal and everything was new. I was learning my new role and was trying to figure out how to navigate the new terrain while also learning who I was as a leader. It was very much a year of transformation.
Feeling a bit more secure in my role, it’s now time to focus on new goals. If I’m being honest, everything outside of work seemed to get put on the back burner last year. My health, my family, and my friends were all in survival mode. I feel a lot of guilt about that, but I also know its just part of growing. I feel like my professional life needed my full attention, but now I see all the areas of my life that I was just doing enough to maintain. It’s time to shift my focus.
That brings me to my one word:
Synonyms: flourish, succeed, advance, rise, grow, blossom, prosper, radiate
Work…While I feel like I finally have a handle on most of the ins and outs of school, there are days that I feel like I’m hanging on by a thread. While I know there will always be those days, I want those days to be few and far between. It’s time to advance my knowledge in the areas of trauma sensitive schools so that I can help my students flourish.
Health…I have battled hypothyroidism for 14 years and so far it has won far more than I have. Between the low energy, slow metabolism and the 50 other symptoms I won't bore you with, it’s been something I’ve just been surviving the last couple of years. However, I start 2017 with an amazing nutritionist, a couple of accountability groups, and a can-do attitude! I hope to soon say that I am not just surviving…I am thriving!!
Principal of PreK-6th Grade