“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West
People tend to be more reflective, this time of year, than any other. We pause, take inventory, and make judgment calls (both fairly and unfairly) as to whether or not we are leading the life we want.
Sometimes, what we see is distressing, leading to gym membership purchases, the downing of odd-flavored green smoothies, and the swearing away of all worldly possessions.
Other times, what we see is motivating. We take responsibility for our successes, our weaknesses, and our past failures. We look forward to investing time and energy on building daily habits, which we know will lead us to our desired results. We surround ourselves with people who wish to help us grow personally and professionally. And we embrace failure, because we understand it is the key to our success.
This year, I am forgoing the gym memberships and green smoothies to focus on building high-quality and sustainable daily habits. One of these habits is the creation of this space -- a blog.
The purpose of this blog is to highlight the innovative practices of educators, both near and far, while providing support and encouragement along the way.
I can guarantee you one thing: this will not be a perfect journey, in fact, it will probably resemble more of a train-wreck. I will make mistakes and I will write posts I will immediately want to take back -- but I won't. Instead, I will learn. I will grow. And I will do better the next time.
And I would urge you, my gracious reader, to do the same. Begin a daily habit of recognizing your mistakes, learning, and doing better. INNOVATE. Then, share your experiences with others.
Ask yourself: What would you rather be doing? Inspiring others to learn, to do better, and to be better OR drinking green smoothies?