3 Things I'm Doing Different for 2022 Goals (Ep 113)

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2022 just feels different, right?

This year, I'm giving myself permission to do things differently and enjoy it! Lean in and listen as I tell you 3 things I'm changing this year to reach my goals and why you should, too.

Looking Ahead Further
This year, instead of simply looking at Jan 1 to Dec 31, I'm looking YEARS ahead and really thinking about the bigger picture of where I want to be in 5 years. As IEP team members, we're used to this idea of examining goals annually, but what more can we accomplish if we're looking further ahead in our IEP goals as well? What is the bigger purpose of the IEP in the life of this student and how can we use the document to better their experience in 5 years or longer?

My Word of the Year
Like many of you, I pick a Word of the Year to guide me through the next 365 days, but this year is different. I'm using my word as a filter to help me say no to experiences. My word this year is PEACE. If someone comes to me and says, "Catherine, can you do this?" If it doesn't bring me peace or serve the 5 year plan, I can filter through those opportunities to really embrace the tasks that best fit my life and my goals.

Allowing Myself Grace
This is probably the hardest one for me, but I'm giving myself grace to adjust the plan. Not the 5 year plan, but the steps to get there. Rigidity in our plans only brings us more stress, so allowing myself flexibility in my plans allows me grace and peace of mind. I had plans to put the New Year's podcast out earlier this week, but things happen, and I needed to adjust my schedule to best suit my own needs, and THAT'S OKAY! It doesn't mean that I'm lowering expectations or giving up, but I'm adjusting the steps to my goal in to best suit my life in the moment.

Take a look at your own plans: What are the lessons that you've learned? What adjustments need to be made in order to achieve the thing that you want to reach? Our children and our students depend on us every day, and we can't serve them without first serving ourselves.

I'd love to hear what you're working on! Send me a message on Facebook or Instagram and tell me what your goals are in Special Education! I'd love to help you get there!

Here's a glance at this episode...
[4:08] "Every opportunity is not an opportunity that you have to take."
[8:41] "What are the lessons that we've learned and how can I adjust my expectations so I can still reach the [goals] that I want to reach"
[10:18] "We've got students showing up to school and they are in the middle of chaos, they've missed a lot, and it's time for us to be there for them on a different level"

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