Instead of a New Year’s resolution, I’m choosing a “word of the year” that will help me focus on what I want most in 2019.
The idea to choose a word was inspired by Stephen Hurley, founder and chief catalyst of VoicEd Radio. My word for 2018 was definitely PRESENCE. I spent almost every moment tuned into my own presence meter and that of others.
What we pay attention to grows. I’m continuing where my 2018 book, Practicing Presence left off by committing to the Practicing Presence Project. Essentially, I’m sharing my journey to be present through my blog, expanded professional development opportunities, and by offering retreats for educators.
My vision is that organizations will honor teachers and leaders who make a difference in the life of a student by awarding them funding to attend the Summer Self-Care Retreat for Educators. Usually exceptional teachers are awarded certificates on hard stock paper- if they’re lucky. This will be a chance for an educator to refuel and lighten up.