The New year is filled with many expectations: sometimes those we put on ourselves and other times, by the proverbial society. As, Beaton, a fellow blogger shared in a recent post, January is an entire month of Mondays, and we spend it struggling to find our rhythym for the year after a December of Fridays. And to answer your question, Beaton, You stop saying Happy New Year at the end of January unless you’ve seen everyone you know by then!
In other news, I finally start a new job tomorrow! Yes, after 6 years, I decided it was time to move on to a new school. Now if you’re a teacher, you know that when you make a move like this, it usually takes a very long time to actually move. Teachers are generally asked to give a term’s notice in order to give your current school a chance to find your replacement. I respect this, and so far in my career, I have honoured this practice which I am grateful for. Having that bridge left still standing allows there not to be any animosity.
The down side to this practice is the 4 month wait, the millions of last goodbyes and tiny baby steps one takes when moving to a new environment. I’ve been asked since September if I’m looking forward to my new job, but I honestly think it will only hit me tomorrow morning when I’m driving in the opposite direction to where I used to for the past 6 years.
“Friend, my concern is your brand! I want you to flourish!”
My friend, Helena said this to me the other day when we got to talking about plans for the new decade and it got me thinking about myself as a brand. I never really thought of myself that way at all. Sure, I’ve written plenty a bio on a social media platform or for a workshop I was running, but I really listed the stuff that I do and left it that.
But I’ve also recently met a number of people who have a personal brand and I think it’s incredible to see how these people embody their brand in everything they do and say. They trully live what they are about and own it to the fullest. I’d like to be like them this decade and for the rest of my life and this lesson comes right on time with the change of jobs and new decade that lies ahead. I now have an opportunity to reinvent myself, enahance what’s good and already there, and change what is not.
I’m a bit anxious to start what I have sought out to accomplish now. Wish me luck! Thank you so much for popping in today! It’s always apleasire to have you here! Have an amazing week😘