The start of a new year, a fresh diary with smooth clean empty pages, the promise and pressure of what is to come. I love this time of year. As an obsessive planner, I love all the milestones that return me to my blocks of giant graphing paper scribbling up maps and budgets and action plans for wild ideas. The beginning of a new year is my favourite. This year my job is going to change, I'll be doing much less teaching and much more supporting other teachers to find success. My role now changes to ensuring our building and timetable runs smoothly, managing marketing and communicating with our students as well as finding new teachers to join us and working with all the teaching team to help grow their individual businesses and classes. It's a bit like planting to seeds to grow a big family tree! I'm looking forward to less time on my feet and more time doing what I'm amazing at, and I'm looking forward to seeing our place and our people thrive. Outside of work i would love a proper holiday this year - and maybe a little yoga retreat and a business retreat to help recharge my worn down batteries. It's been a pretty intense couple of years and I'm ready to be a better boss to myself! I hope very soon to have conquered my fear of driving and finally be behind the wheel independently. I plan to read a book a week as often as I can, it's good for my brain to be soaking up stories and learning. I'm also experimenting with a capsule wardrobe and more structured weekly routine in the hope it will free up my mind to be more creative in other areas if I'm not constantly trying to think about what to wear, cook, move etc. And my focus word for this year is elevate - meaning I want to raise the quality of all the wildlearning touch points and experiences, for students, teachers, the community and myself. I'm not a big believer in new year's resolutions, most of the plans I put in action this week were made three months ago - but I AM a big believer in the power to make positive changes after a two week break where perspective has become clearer!
My best advice for looking ahead?
Go back to simple rythmns: don't think so much about the year ahead - think about what sort of summer you want, what you'll do in the autumn, what is happening over winter and what would be a brilliant spring. Think about the small rythmns too: what makes a morning and a peaceful bed time?
Then when you string those small rythmns together with the seasons, suddenly you have something like a gentle plan.
So how about you, what is your 2020 going to be like?