New Year, New Beginnings
New beginnings, renewed hope, motivation and aspirations are among the great things we see in ourselves as the new year begins. As a new year begins today, people everywhere are making resolutions, many of which they will not keep past Valentine’s Day. Despite this, it is a wonderful day for good intentions and a true hope for a better tomorrow. So a few wishes for treating this beginning as more than an “again” and rather as an “anew”:
1. Embrace your fears.
It’s time to take your fear for what it is: your passion to do well. Accept that and approach your challenges with authenticity and choose to face the fear and move through it. You’ll be glad that you did.
2. Resolve to try one new item this school year.
Whether it’s a piece of technology, an arts technique, developing a greater understanding of Common Core, or trying social media, choose something that you’ve wanted to explore and commit yourself to this one item. This is true artistry.
3. Spend more time with your family.
We are all guilty of this one. We are constantly checking our phones, our emails, and feel like we can never catch up. Stop. Stop all of it and spend some quality time on purpose with your family. At some point, you may not have that opportunity, so grasp it with both hands and enjoy it while you can.
4. Choose to live your days with intention.
My mom has a great quote on her refrigerator: “Some day, I will not be able to do all of the things I want to do. Today is not that day” which speaks to exactly this point. Wake up each day and decide to make the day worth it. Never waste the time you’re given and use your moments in a way that will help others and force you to grow. That way, your regrets may be minimized and your accomplishments may be maximized.
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.