As 2014 comes to a close, I look back through the events speckled on my instagram and smile. It was a great year, filled with family, friends, goals, and learning. And so I thought I would share with all of you highlights from my year, as well as offer you some considerations while you set goals for 2015.
Learning: Attended TCRWP in NY
But the moment I am most proud of rarely gets shared with many, until now. I have always been one to struggle with my weight, and complications during pregnancy led to my waistline expanding and the numbers on the scale skyrocketing. Proudly, 2014 marks the year that I have lost 100 pounds from the weight I initially started at. I tell you this for two reasons:
1. I was successful because my little sister believed in me!
2. To reach my goal, I had to decide what to let go of first!
While we reflect on our year and make goals for 2015 I hope you keep in mind the 2 keys to my success. Sometimes it is the support, kind words, and belief from just one person that changes the course of their path. For me it was my sister. From day one she had unwavering belief in my potential. When things were tough, she was the constant that pushed me through. We celebrated successes and attacked obstacles. 100 pounds seemed like an impossible feet, to me….. but my sister knew better! And when I felt like giving up, she didn’t let me… for that, I am forever grateful. I am healthier, happier and a better person.
As an educator, it is important to always remember this! I challenge you to be “That One” for your students. Offer the support, the opportunity, the belief in them as a person to change their life path! Uncover passions and potentials in your students, and foster the “what ifs” in their lives. Make valiant efforts, give second-chances, and Never, Ever, Give Up on a Kid!
Finally, shedding the things from our lives that hinder, not help our journey. Personally, I had to give up my love affair with food, my daily routine, and my priorities in life when I first began my journey. One does not loose that much weight by doing the same thing.
“Insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”
New Goals to start off the New Year often include a focus on health, job, or time; but to accomplish any of them, one must take an honest look at their life, evaluate and assess priorities and where time is spent. Commit to let go of those things, people, and time-sucks that will not help in their advancement. Learning to say “No” and setting boundaries is healthy. It allows those commitments, people, and passions to have a place in your life.
2014 was a great year, but for me, I’m like fine wine and get better with age! 2015 is my year, and I can’t wait to jump in!