Happy New Year and Decade!

I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions or that on one day in the year defines a change from good to bad or vice versa. However I find myself reviewing what’s gone and think ahead to what might be. Life is a continuum from which we are constantly learning bot personally and professionally.

So personally last year bought an illness to one of my family members which was serious and ongoing. I don’t want to go into details, as they say, “if you know you know”. The importance of family has become extremely dear to me. I have increased my time travelling to and communicating with family members, and because we have all been supporting each other there’s a new closeness to blood relatives I am now grateful to see more often. 

My own personal health has seen a few problems. I’m not getting any younger! But a few lifestyle changes has eased the problem. I’ve had to change my mindset also to be more positive about my own abilities and needs and ditch insecurities and guilt. Result is I’m far more positive, less anxious and healthier. So the continuum is to keep going. 

Professionally the last decade saw me buying my second Pre-School and later dabbling in consultancy work. Both have been a welcome change to my career. Sometimes this means I’m much busier but also gives me some flexibility with how I manage my time. I recently had a change of manager in one of my settings and I’m really enjoying coaching her and seeing her develop so well into her new role. At my settings we have bought some changes to our practice such as not doing next steps and targets for children. This brings me back to my first point, that life is a continuum. Children are progressing every day, so let’s not focus on one thing, but the bigger picture, spending more time with the children so we can be spontaneous teachers with the resources we have. We need more faith in our abilities and spend less time writing!

So my theme of the blog is make positive choices for yourself. Surround yourself with good people and friends who will support you, family that you love. Support your own health. Be kind to yourself and put your own needs first occasionally. Be grateful for everyone around you who helps your life run a little more smoothly. To the good people that surround me (you know who you are) thank you for being there!