Updated December, 2022.
The holiday season is finally here!
I have been waiting for a well-deserved vacation time since the beginning of December. I bet you also felt festive in the last week before winter break as much as I did. Since we had a snow day on Friday the 23rd, our long-awaited Christmas break came earlier this year.
We are all tired. We all need a break. Teaching is tough and is getting tougher every year. If you need some motivation to keep going, I highly recommend watching Emily Esfahani Smith's inspirational speech “There’s more to life than being happy”. Smith's words will make you reflect on happiness, purpose, kindness, belonging, success, and fulfillment. This talk has inspired me to look at my professional life through a different lens. It has also urged me to be selfish and focus on myself.
Smith argues that the four pillars of a meaningful life are belonging, finding purpose, transcendence, and storytelling. In the new year, I definitely wish to change my own story for the better. Is this something you have been longing for so long? Then, it is time to change.
Here is a list of goals I wish to accomplish in 2023:
No more school work after 5 pm.
Read a new book at least every month.
Spend quality time with family.
Try something new.
Enjoy the small things in my life.
Listen to music more often.
Get out of my comfort zone.
Spend time with myself.
What are yours for the new year?
All the best!