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1. Resolutions: I have found over the years that resolutions can be pointless because we set ourselves up to fail. They sound good and then life happens and they are quickly forgotten or pushed to the "maybe later" file. Then I walk away feeling like a failure. What I have learned over the years is to set a deadline and then make yourself do something at that deadline. Want to get in shape? Sign up for a 5k in 3 months today. Then sign up for a class, not a gym, a class and go. Chances are if you pay for it and have some accountability you will go. Resolutions should not just happen in January. You can make them at any time with anything you want.
The one resolution I challenge you all to start is journaling. It is amazing how quickly we forget experiences or moments. Journaling is a great thing to remember these moment. There is a director, Robert Rodriguez, who has journaled every day of his life since 1999. Every single day. He simply uses Microsoft Word. He can search, he can go back, he can add pictures. But it is his life story in paragraphs for every single day. What did you do in January of 2003? If you had journaled you would know and the memories from that day would come flowing back. It is a pretty cool thing. Sorry, don't use Facebook, or Instagram, it really doesn't fit for this task. I encourage you all to journal. Write down in a paragraph what you did that day, what you were feeling that day, a funny story or two. I started this back in September and it is awesome. I often go back and reflect on my recent past and it is an amazing journey. So journal, whether you use tech like Evernote or a pink furry journal with a key, journal. You'll be surprised at the impact of it.
*Oh and to track how you do on this on your own resolutions I suggest The Way of Life App: http://wayoflifeapp.com/
*Oh and the question came up of what was my resolution that I broke 30 minutes later? No carbs. By 12:30 I was 1/2 way done with a pizza.
2. Perspective: I recently read David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech to graduates at Kenyon College. I encourage you to Google it and read. However, the quick summary is don't dismiss people, don't be selfish, don't fool yourself that you are the center of the universe, and remember that Fish Don't Know They Are In Water (if you want to know more about that you'll have to read the speech).
3. Welcome Back: Harriet Sweatt! We are so glad to see Mrs. Sweatt back at Hosp!
4. Follow her: Amelia Boone, she is known as the "Michael Jordan of obstacle course racing", she recently finished 2nd overall in the World's Toughest Mudder (A 24 Hour Race) finishing behind the male winner by 8 minutes and ahead of the 2nd place guy by 10 minutes. Oh and she won this race 8 weeks after knee surgery. Her day job is being a lawyer for a little company called Apple and she enjoys Pop-Tarts and watching Professional Wrestling. She tends to win anything she enters.
5. Buy: Great Moleskin Journals (for you to start journaling) check out www.green-inspired.com or go to Target.
What does this have to do with Hosp? Everything. Journaling is something we have our students do all the time but rarely do ourselves. It will make you a better teacher.
David Wallace Foster teaches us to think of others before ourselves and realize we are apart of a global world and all interwoven.
Amelia Boone was a typical great lawyer until she decided to go for a "fun run" and now she has graced the cover of ESPN and has a sponsorship deal with Reebok and Topps they put her on a trading card. The first for an athlete of her kind to have a trading card. She still works full time at Apple. Her lesson is you are never done improving, learning, or growing and that if you want something bad enough you just need to go get it. A great lesson for all our students.
Next Week: We are talking about this quote: "Our actions may be impeded...but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and coverts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way."
Something to think about: "We decide what we will make of every situation...our perceptions are the thing that we're in complete control of." -Ryan Holiday
Homework for you:
Staff audio(maybe) interviews.
During the upcoming school year I am hosting a getting to know staff. Warning this or parts of this might be shared with students/parents (no swearing)...you never know what my master plan will be...I'm not sure either but it may also include audio at a later date....I have a plan...I think. The goal is for us to get to know and appreciate each other a little more. So answer these and email your responses to me with the subject: "I don't know what Aaron is doing but I will play along".
1. What is something that most people would be surprised to hear about you?
2. What is the first 60 minutes of your Saturday look like after you wake up?
3. What is your favorite spot to unwind?
4. What book do you give most often to people?
5. When was the last time you laughed hard?
6. Share a story about a proud moment teaching (or with your job if you are not a teacher)?
7. When were you last humbled?
8. Who inspires you?
9. What do you love about your job?
Or if you prefer here is a Google Form to answer: https://docs.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/forms/d/1nSjV9NyJp8S8nDlXjWh2M0-fobQdFb0jT4yqPbFDSbU/viewform