As teachers, we often say “kids over content” and “compassion over curriculum” - making powerful statements about what is most important, where we invest ourselves and the place we see the greatest outcome.
So now I say, intentions over resolutions. Shift the focus for a just a short moment away from the classroom and onto ourselves. Just a few minutes to think about what we intend to change in a shorter amount of time.
Yes to intentions because they are fresh, short term, achievable and can be reset with a monthly reflection.
No to resolutions because a year is a long time to go. Missing a step early can easily lead to giving up, feelings of failure and negativity.
And so I am set to begin 2021 with just a few January Intentions:
Be realistic with myself as school transitions back to distance learning - give more when I can, slow down when I need to and recognize that I am the one who is often setting ultra high expectations of myself, not my school or principal or coordinators.
Use the additional time at home to practice more yoga
Get outside everyday during daylight hours - with the shortened days and leaving for/coming home in the dark everyday, my soul is feeling the dark!
Practice better listening - to my colleagues, my friends and family, especially my husband
be reflective | write or draw your intentions | make your intentions visible | stay positive | focus on yourself