Tale of Two Teachers is going to take an official holiday break, but before we go, here are our thoughts on New Year Intentions. Wishing you all a happy season of joy and light and love. See you in 2015!
A while back I stopped consistently using the words “goal” and “resolution” and I started replacing those words with the word “intention”. In my opinion, the word intention gives space for reshaping of the goal or resolution – it allows for a plan to be made, and have that plan change. Fluidity and flexibility is key for me; having a newborn baby at home no longer allows for concrete plans so instead we now call our plans “ideas”. We say things like, “We have an idea to get groceries today” or,”We have an idea to attend that volleyball party”. Sometimes our ideas happen and sometimes Charlee demands we do other things instead, like sit on the couch for three hours and snuggle. We are okay with this change of
plans ideas; this is our life now!
Because I am not teaching for the rest of this year I decided that my New Year Intentions don’t necessarily need to be about teaching. That said, I have a sneaky suspicion that these non-teaching intentions might end up having a dramatic impact on my teaching practice once I return to work next school year.
Intention 1: Give presence. You may have seen this lululemon video making its way around the internet (note: this video does have a less than desirable word in it; view with caution!) This is my first New Year intention because since Charlee was born I have become much more conscious of how much I use my phone. My sister told me the other day that I don’t actually use my phone very much compared to others, but I know I could decrease the usage. I am aware of how babies learn by watching and I don’t want my daughter to be reaching for my phone to play with when she’s not even one year old. I also intend to be more present in other areas of my life (relationships, diet, exercise). You can count on me to keep you posted on the progress of this intention!
Intention 2: Work (out) hard. Two days before I found out I was pregnant I ran my longest distance (14km) in a pretty good time. I was ten weeks into training for my first half marathon and I was in the best shape of my adult life. I decided to stop running because the week after I discovered I was pregnant I had a hemorrhage. That hemorrhage scared me enough to cease all intense physical activity. I told myself that I would start running again in February 2015 once the baby was born and I was healed. This is still my plan and I can’t wait to start running again – this time I am training for the lululemon half marathon in August. Until then, I intend to slowly rebuild my strength and conditioning. I have a long and difficult history with body image struggles, most of which has been dealt with, but there’s something about gaining 35 pounds in eight months that makes a person a wee bit crazy. I intend to be gentle with myself, but I am also determined to be an incredible role model for my baby daughter. I never want her to hear me put myself down because of how I look/don’t look; therefore, I intend to work (out) very hard this year.
Intention 3: Finish what I start. I’m a fantastic starter and a terrible finisher. If you don’t believe me, come and see the plethora of half completed Pinterest projects I have strewn about my house! This year I intend to finish what I start. I know I’m going to have to start small because this quality does not come naturally to me. For example, I really need to put my clothes away after I do laundry. I also really need to put my dirty dishes in the dishwasher instead of on the kitchen counter. These things sound lame, I know, but I’m confident once I practice enough and get good at them then the whole “finishing Pinterest projects” will actually happen!
Last year I chose one word for my New Year’s resolutions and it was “intentional.” I wanted to try to make sure (almost) everything I was saying and doing was in line with my core values, beliefs, and life goals. I became much more focused on what I wanted and put a lot of effort into working toward some big goals/plans… I worked hard. I trained and ran a marathon. I traveled to a new country. All in all it was productive, amazing, and honestly – tiring! This year my focus is going to be on balance.
#1 – Balance with work:
I am going to keep work at school and not bring too much home with me – I have been practicing this method for a while and it has worked well. I am also going to be very specific with the areas of teaching I am going to change and work on so that I don’t overwhelm myself trying to do everything at once. Also, I am going to continue to ask for help from amazing friends and colleagues so that I remain inspired and feel supported.
#2 – Balance with fitness:
I am very proud of myself for running my full marathon last year – Very proud! It was an amazing experience and I learned so much about myself in the process. But it was absolutely exhausting! I ended up taking about three months off of running afterwards just to mentally recuperate and I am still dealing with some of the physical healing six months later. This year I am going to get back into training at a reasonable level (although I might choose to do another marathon, I will not be doing the bulk of the training during the busiest time of year). I am also going to balance my running with strength training, yoga, pilates, and massage/physical therapy so that I continue to take good care of my body.
#3 – Balance with my time/priorities:
I am busy – always have been, probably always will be. I really like being busy for the most part and I’ve enjoyed the process of combining important aspects of my life in order to fit different things in. I’ve been making more of an effort to run with friends so I can combine my social time with my fitness. This year I am still taking online courses, teaching full time now, and I will be training for a half marathon. I love all of that (well… maybe I don’t LOVE the courses haha) but I need to make sure that I am feeling balanced with my time alone and social time too! If this means skipping a workout or not staying late at school, then that’s what I need to do! I am determined this year to be more balanced with my priorities so that I can be happier and healthier!
What are some of your New Year Intentions? Share with us!