Recently, as I have been going through the process of attending recruitment presentations from school boards, revamping my CV, writing cover letters, filling in applications, going through interviews, I have been reflecting on this really crucial and transformative period. The transition from Student (teacher) to Teacher approaches day by day and I’ve come to realize that I am growing up. I can feel it.
Growing up is a strange concept to me. Oddly enough, it has always been something I looked forward to. I have always looked up to people older than me and I continue to do so, whether it be my mentors, my university professors, my family members, experienced educators, etc. But as I continue to look up to those people, I also notice that I am becoming more wise and have more to offer back.
Lately, as I approach the end of my B.Ed, I can’t seem to grasp the fact that I will FINALLY be a certified teacher. I, Sarah Anne Lalonde, will be the teacher I have always dreamt of being. The responsibilities I will be undertaking and lives I will be changing is something that I think about often. It has become pretty overwhelming actually… and a little surreal.
Following your dreams is something I’ve always promoted. Dreaming big is something I believe everyone should do. Behind every dreamer there’s a doer. I’ve reached some of my goals and dreams, but becoming a teacher has always been right up there at the top. Being only a few months away from accomplishing that dream gives me butterflies because it feels like yesterday that I was only a little girl with a dream. Now, with lots of hard work, dedication, patience, grit and perseverance I have almost attained it.
When you think about it, growing up means so much.
o Masters in Education
o Getting my ABQ’s
o Teaching for (??) # of years
o Google Certified Trainer
o Principal’s Course
All in all, with time, I get to continue to learn new things, meet new people, explore different places, get inspired and inspire others, follow my passion and find new ones. I cannot wait to share my gained expertise and experience with those around me as other have shared with me along the way. As I mentioned, my plans may change, obstacles may arise, but my passion for education will last forever. I can’t predict where I will be in 5, 10, 20 years, but I will continue to aim high and reach for the stars with my goals. I look forward to looking back on this blog post in a few years from now.
I’ve realized that, as much as you may want and try, you can’t stop time and you can't stop from growing up. This is inevitable therefor, you have to make the absolute best of the time you’re given on earth.
I encourage you to think about where you wanted to be while finishing Teacher’s College and where you are now. Have plans changed? What do your future goals look like? How do you plan on reaching them? I'd love to know! Comment below ⬇️⬇️
As we embark on our journey into 2018, I thought it would be the most opportune moment to sit down, write and reflect on where I’d like to be, how I’d like to feel, and what I’d like to be doing more of this year.
I have to admit, I am jumping into 2018 with 2 feet; excited, energized and inspired. I love this time of year, everyone is feeling fresh, rejuvenated, optimistic and for the most part motivated! It is truly contagious.
This holiday season, I received Lagom (Not too little, not too much) - The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life. Now, I am not saying that I am about to write a blog post on how I plan to change my entire lifestyle because, well…. That’s just not my style. And, to be honest, New Year's Resolutions aren't really my style either.
I have always believed that New Year’s Resolutions were always a little tacky and that everyone basically forgets about them come March / April… Actually, a U.S News blog published in 2015 states that by “the second week of February, some 80 percent of those resolution-ers are back home with a new kind of remorse staring back at them in the mirror – the remorse of disappointment.” It’s not that I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, rather I believe that you can set goals and intentions at any time. This natural break in time by starting a new year is a great, but it also just becomes a fad and a lot less genuine. So, let’s try and turn the page into 2018 with real and attainable goals and intentions that matter.
Like I was saying… After reading this fun, illustrates and appealing to the eye guide of about 270 pages, I found so many little lifestyle modifications that really spoke to me: Lagom in my personal life, Lagom in my relationships and Lagom in my community. I could re-utter the entire guide, but instead I will mention the habits that I will be bringing into 2018 with me; along with other non related Lagom goals that I have set for myself. Some habits that promote a more simple and minimalist lifestyle, embracing the little things like the rays of sun, a good cup of coffee and so much more!
Goal setting is never an easy thing. This year, I wanted to think small and SMART
I am going to be more connected to those around me. As much as with the people as I want to connect with my inner self.
By connecting with my inner self, I am going to take more time for yoga and mediation. I am going to try connecting mouvement with breathe.
I am going to keep following my passions and dream BIG.
I will start to embrace chaos, let go of the reigns and embrace less structure and control on certain aspects of my life.
As Bob Dylan says: "Chaos is a friend of mine." Well, that is not the case for this organized, structured and methodical gal... As I enter into the unpredictable classrooms with unpredictable students, I want to focus on embracing the chaos that may occur, embracing the uncertainty and finding the calm in that chaos. I will allow it to be an enriching moment instead of an anxious moment.
I will love my body more. I will feed my body and mind with more nourishing foods and thoughts.
In order to practice more self-care I plan to do things such as: read leisurely, sleep in on the weekend, write down a list of things I love and as Lagom suggests, I will embrace the effortless hair, the top knot and the thrown together look.
I will visit DISNEY after finishing my B.Ed.