The idea to keep working hard to have your work match the level of your ambition is a great thought with a new year just beginning. I’ve worked myself to the bone the past 3 years teaching 1st grade and dedicated my time, money, and energy into my students, my curriculum, and my craft. Teaching is a science and an art. There are standards and data and analyzing and problem solving. Then there’s the engagement factor– you can’t captivate and activate bright minds without making it fun, interesting, and relatable.
I know I can continue to do more, but overall, I’m beginning to feel like for 1st grade… my work has surpassed my ambition.
What I’m saying is.. I’m ready for the next challenge. It’s one I’ve been on the fence about forever, but I think it’s time to make a giant leap of faith and just DO. On that note, I’m starting classes at UCBerkeley Extension in 2 weeks. 🙂
What is the “work” that you want to match your ambition in 2015?
It’s not 2015 yet, but it really doesn’t matter. I don’t believe in December 31st as the Night of Reckoning on unfulfilled resolutions, nor do I believe in January 1st as the Day of Grace. (Resolutions should be works in progress of differing durations after all, shouldn’t they?)
My resolution this year is simple as this: LIVE SIMPLY.
Back in college, one of my Philosophy professors called this “cutting the fat” or keeping things succinct. I’ve been dabbling in this idea of “cutting the fat” from my life for the past 5 years, mostly in material items, but I’ve found that stripping down all areas of my life is INSANELY liberating.
Things such as spending at least 5 minutes to meditate immediately when I wake to “delete” thoughts from my mind, going tech-less for a few hours at a time, buying less coffee, exploring in nature by myself, and just training myself to breathe slowly.
Here’s to 2015. I’m sure it’ll be the best year yet. 🙂
I don’t LOVE cupcakes but I do have cravings for them now and again. It’s hard for me to pay $3+ for a cupcake knowing that I can whip up 18 in about an hour from scratch!
I used a recipe from Table for Two and they were pretty delicious! The only change I made to the recipe was that I put MORE blueberries!
Madewell vest, Lands End breton, Jcrew toothpick skinnies, Madewell flats.