2016 proved to be a daunting and stressful year for many reasons, but as a whole, it was a good year. In planning for this post, it became very clear how blessed I've been this past year. There were many times when the Lord's tender mercies have provided protection, given me strength and enabled me to grow. Before I reveal my goals for 2017, I wanted to recap the highlights from 2016 and the biggest lesson I learned.
Highlights from 2016
- I was able to travel to a handful of new destinations: Glacier National Park, State Fair of Texas, Nashville, Tennesee, Jordan, Israel, and Thailand.
- I navigated the longest road trip of my life driving with my parents from Dallas to Canada and then onto Denver. Along the way, we saw Mount Rushmore and Glacier National Park and spent some much needed quality time with my mom's family.
- I was fortunate enough to see Hamilton twice on Broadway. The first time was with the original cast in March and then again this past December on a trip with my parents and brother. The show was tremendous and I'm completely obsessed with the music.
- My parent's celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and we had our first family reunion. After spending the last couple of years organizing the event, I was thrilled with how smoothly everything came together. I loved spending time with my family and laughing at everyone's stories.
- I have continued to grow my leadership skills as a department chair and instructional coach. I also successfully concluded my first year teaching Gifted and Talented Humanities with my co-teacher. We are now almost halfway through year two and although we've had some challenges, it has been a rewarding teaching experience.
If I haven't clearly communicated my expectations with someone then I have no right to blame, be angry, hold grudges or feel hurt by their actions. Therefore, I must be brave enough to address critical issues and communicate with honesty and kindness. Also, if I'm not willing to bring something up--then I must let it go.