Packing…Moving…Change

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Hello dear friends! I have to deeply apologize at my recent absence on both Twitter and writing on my blog! Since January 3rd we have been furiously packing…then moving….and now subsequently unpacking! My coworker, sixty students, countless, wonderful (and probably exasperated) construction workers, and I have spent weeks making the transition to our new Ag Ed Center.

As the quote above summarizes well, we seemed to hit a snag or a significant delay at almost every turn. Yet, time and time again my students stepped up to the challenge. We found another way and made it work! I’m one who likes to hit the ground with everything in order…I claim I’m not a “perfectionist”…yeah right…I’ve come to realize I definitely am (and working to make more realistic timelines). This presents its own set of problems when moving, but I’ve been comforted by my alumni support group, administrators, and co-teachers who remind me this is a process and it will definitely not be “perfect” a year from now or five years from now.

Yet, we can guarantee each year we will improve at our utilization of the facility and we will ramp up the quality of programming/partnerships as a result. I’m comforted hearing that from those I deeply look up to in my support network.

As with gearing up for dramatic changes in my professional life, my passion project of writing/blogging is about to experience a shift as well! 🙂

Moving towards discovering our core and the message we hope to embody through our writing is a never-ending journey for those of us who spend time reflecting through blogging. As I continue along in my journey, I’m getting closer to the core of the message I hope to leave the world with someday in my collection of reflections.

I’m not satisfied, simply “renting” a message or space that is close enough…

That being said, for close to a year, I’ve been wrestling, synthesizing the cascade of thoughts that led to the creation of what will be my new “home” base for my writing and reflections. There has been plenty of packing up old memories of past posts, moving them over, and designing a new layout that captures more of the fullness for this next chapter. Below is a link to the new site for this blog:

https://perennialeducator.wordpress.com/

I’ve struggled for the past couple of months with the thought of leaving Profiles in Learning behind…but in actuality I haven’t left it behind…it has simply transformed closer to where I need to be. Closer to the core of where I’m heading…a passion for preparing young people, preparing my family, and preparing myself to act towards cultivating positive, lasting impact.

Lasting impact starts within…it starts with saying yes to the moments and opportunities granted by life that align with our personal mission. I’m prepared to make the most of the moments offered by 2019 through living my mission statement:

Live | Learn | Last

This journey of growth/reflection is not over. It is definitely just beginning.

Writer’s Note: I’d be humbled if you decide to join in the fun of moving with me to our new site at https://perennialeducator.wordpress.com/. If you have feedback to help improve the site, I’m always on the hunt for great insights that will improve my website design skills…it is definitely an emerging hobby and far from a refined skill!

Finally, thank you, thank you for being amazing readers and learners. Exciting growth is ahead for all of us and I’m thrilled to hear the ways you are making a lasting change/impact in your own life, in the lives of others, and in the life of our communities. Thanks for all you do as educators, parents, students, and life-long learners!

MOMENTS #OneWord2019

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Hello 2019!! This is actually the first year I have ever done the One Word Challenge! It was exciting as I thought through potential words…they were all over the board:

community, passion, dreams, together, belief, us, fearless, sincere, time, action, hope, choices, courage, and moments

It was during our North Central District FFA Officer’s retreat where we dug into ourselves to process during the first night of reflections and identify the word we would choose. I came in already believing I would choose Courage. It had been a theme of my recent readings and I knew it was an area of continual growth in my life. Yet, Moments arose…quite literally out of nowhere.

As I look at the “gut” list where we spent one minute capturing all the words that immediately came to mind, I knew based on placement that Moments was one of the last three words that came to mind. It was still 2nd in my final three showdown…and yet as I processed further I knew there could be no other word for 2019.

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In 2019, I need to do better in cherishing the Moments I live. Moments with Annelle, by being intentional about helping make those Moments we spend together become memories we will always remember! Doing so will require me to be present in those Moments and love Annelle with an undivided heart.

Moments of capturing opportunities and not letting them slip by! Listening intently to the calling of the Lord and pausing to hear rather than rushing through the day. It will be in those “little” Moments that the Lord will choose to rock the world/life of someone I interact with if I allow him to work through me.

I must fill the Moments of 2019 and my life beyond with renewal, passion, and purpose. If I want my life to be perennially lasting then, “Putting First Things First” through renewal must take priority for the sake of my health and my family.

Passion-filled Moments will bring spark into my life and allow me to value the opportunity to work besides inspiring young people. Passion will infuse energy into the Moments that too often we take for granted and write-off as the humdrum of life/work.

Purpose-fulfilling Moments will bring alignment of my personal passion projects with the career and life God has prepared for me. Prioritizing and valuing the Moments that move the needle towards my purpose/core will bring peace and focus.

This year along with Moments, I have revised my own personal mission statement which reads simply (yet encapsulates all the above thoughts) now as: Live | Learn | Last

Finally, taking a cue from Jon Wennstrom’s inspiring post entitled “Leadership Lessons from Rocky Balboa”. He speaks about having our own soundtrack that inspires and lifts us up each day. This year I have put together my own soundtrack of songs inspired by MOMENTS for 2019. I thought about providing commentary and reasoning behind each song, but as I thought more about it, they stand on their own just fine. They actually through their unique beat/lyrics resonate the thoughts of my heart and soul better than I could justly describe myself.

Hope you enjoy and may this New Year find much growth and blessings! As always thanks for reading and growing with me!

MOMENTS Playlist for 2019:

  • Get Up (feat. Lecrae) by Blanca

  • Moments by Nathan Feurstein

  • Dream Small by Josh Wilson

  • Ready Set Go (feat. Capital Kings) by Royal Tailor

  • It’s A New Day by will.i.am