It is New Years Eve Reflection time! I am so happy that 2017 is coming to a close.
It has been a rough year plus 3 months from 2016. Many of you are not aware that my husband had surgery in late 2016 and subsequently went into septic shock. Death was at the hospital door more times that I can to remember.
He was in coma for about 2 months, spending the next 4 months fighting infection after infection and trying to get strength back. I would never have thought that learning to walk again would be so difficult.
When they say sepsis is tough to recover from it is #truth. We are now able to manage with a cane mostly but still need the walker on occasion. My husband and I met in highschool so we grew up together, raised 4 kids to adults, still raising one and have our first grand baby. There is still so much living to do and I feel very blessed that he wasn’t taken from us.
Let’s Chat about it!
So as you sit before the fire (I am projecting one on my monitor lol) and reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly I thought I would pose a few questions for your own New Years Reflections.
I know I will be asking them of myself as well.
Reflection Questions for 2017
- WHAT GOALS DID YOU SET IN 2017?
Maybe it was to lose weight, join the gym, leave school work at school or maybe it was just survive to the end of the year. We all set goals, some were achievable others laughable.
So which ones were you able to accomplish? Was there a struggle with some more than others?
Do you think you can make some better choices 2018, if some of these goals are on your list again?
Would you benefit from some type of accountability to help you along the way?
- WHAT IF ANY REGRETS DO YOU HAVE?
This is as good a time as any to ask yourself what do I regret the most in 2017? Did you stay at your old school, or taking a different job at a new school.
Maybe you regret telling your Principal that you would teacher a new grade. Perhaps you regret the extra time you spent after hours on school that took time away from your own family. #mommyguiltalltheway #maninthemirrorsyndrome #practicewhatipreach
It is okay to have regrets. It can be the motivation you need to grow and make changes you wouldn’t normally make.
To grow we have to sometimes get out of our comfort zones, reflect on our experiences and what they taught us and do something different.
Ask yourself “what do I want to do differently this year?” and then DO IT!
3. WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FOR 2017?
Maybe your biggest takeaway is that you need to realize that perfection doesn’t exist. Let that sink in it really doesn’t exist! Pinterest worthy projects or classrooms look great on Pinterest but depending on where you teach, who you teach and any given minute factor it may not be achievable and that is OKAY!
Don’t compare yourself to another, it really is the thief joy. With the stress of administration, testing and the like you don’t need the added extra.
Give yourself some credit for what you have done and who you are. Give yourself credit for the love you have poured in daily to your students.
Realize that taking time out of the day to help “that kid” made all the difference in the world to him, his parents and possible his teacher next year.
Reality is 2018 will have its ups and downs, it won’t be perfect but it stands a great chance at being awesome! You are in charge of your life. So make some goals that will help you on the way to making 2018 your best year ever!