A few weeks ago, I heard bestselling author Gretchen Rubin declare that September is the new January; a great time for fresh starts. This resonated with me as I thought about how like the month of December, with the summer months come indulgence: many lattes, ice cream cones, and meals out to name a few. So September naturally feels like a good time to set an intention for better eating and more consistent workout routines. As an educator, stepping into a new school year, it is also a time to set intentions for my professional life.
New School Year Intentions
While on this topic, I feel the need to restate the difference between an intention and the more common New Year’s resolution. While a resolution has more to do with goals, an intention is an ongoing wish. For more on this topic see my January 15th post. When considering my new school year intentions, I thought about my wishes for my own professional growth and what I hope to offer to my colleagues and students.
I considered the following questions:
- What will bring joy and happiness to my work this year?
- How can I best contribute to a positive and meaningful learning environment?
On the eve of our first day of school, this is what I have come up with so far…
This school year, I will:
- Listen with an open heart.
- Strive to see possibility in every challenge.
- Practice gratitude daily.
- Say yes to things that I love.
What are your New School Year Intentions? Please share!