Challenge (OLW 2017) Update

My word of the year is challenge. In January I wrote this about the focus this year:

Here is what challenge means to me and what I hope it will bring in 2017.

  • Professionally, I want to challenge myself to continue to expand my skills and grow as a leader
  • Personally, I want to challenge myself as a writer, to get more focused on writing a book and using my writing as a form of action
  • As a citizen, I feel we will face many challenges in the coming year and I am ready – I feel like these challenges will be a call to action and I’m prepared to take action

Now that I am almost 3/4 of the way through 2017, I wanted to check in on my challenges this year.

Professionally, I have challenged myself:

  • by speaking at our Women’s Empower Hour about my leadership journey.
  • to attend a 6-day seminar on Women in Educational Leadership through our county.
  • to be a mentor, both formally and informally, to other women leaders.
  • to create a new teacher leadership academy for our district.
  • to continue to explore future leadership opportunities.

Personally, I have challenged myself:

  • to get focused on my book writing! I have my outline complete and the first 35 pages are drafted. I’m excited for what’s to come!
  • to write an article for the AASA monthly journal.

As a citizen, I have challenged myself:

  • to avoid political commentary at work.
  • to use my abilities (whether they happen to be time, monetary donations, or communication to my elected officials) to support causes that are challenging the issues I am most concerned about at this time in our country.
  • to stay current on the issues without getting so bogged down that I can’t see the through the negative haze.

I think that challenge was so fitting for my word of 2017.

On a related note, I recently had a weekend full of mindfulness, which was my word of 2015. I happen to listen to a lecture all about the value and importance of mindfulness for educational leaders. I was so proud that since 2015, I have continued a number of the healthy habits I created. I have a semi-regular meditation practice. I use mindful breathing regularly. I know how to slow myself down. I don’t go to sleep every night with a racing mind. This is still huge for me! Mindfulness really became a part of my daily life and continues to be important to me personally and professionally.

I wonder what 2018 will bring into my life…

Do you have a word of 2017? What is it? How has it impacted you so far this year?


About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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