Picking one word to signpost and frame your year ahead is an interesting process. I have done it for a few years now, along with the annual Nurture blogs to review & reflect.
#oneword15 – Courage
I made some big decisions. I resigned. I paused. I took stock. I decompressed. I dug deep to prepare to make a big leap.
#oneword16 – Connect
I leant in to my preference for outward-facing leadership. I connected with interesting people. I initiated some interesting collaborations. I was coached. I coached others. I explored my values. I recalibrate. I secured a big new role.
#oneword17 – Change
I made a leap of faith. I leant in. I moved areas, trusts and roles. I began a new chapter.
Consolidate – I need to embed & consolidate the changes I have introduced in both my personal & professional life.
Nurture – I need to enable the ideas I have planted to grow and develop. Nurturing hearts and minds is our mantra at Aureus – looking forward to working towards Nurturing Schools status this year.
Values – I need to continue to live them, not laminate them, allowing them to both steer and also anchor me. Values frame what we do and why we do it at Aureus – looking forward to our values audit in the summer.
Zest – I need to bring some spontaneity, joy & joi de vie back to my highly diarised life.
Flourish – I need to enable myself and others to reach new heights. Grow, Learn, Flourish is our Trust’s vision and mission.
Thrive – I need to empower myself & others to grow, to develop & to be successful. I am also looking forward to us launching the thrive programme and opening our thrive room at Aureus.
Maya Angelou is one of my favourite writers & this is one of my favourite quotes:
I have passion for what I do, I have compassion for those I work with, I don’t take myself too seriously & I have my own style in how I do things, however, in my first official term as a Headteacher & in our first term as a school the staff were definitely in survival mode.
We are committed to enabling our students to grow, learn & flourish, we are passionate about nurturing hearts & minds.
This term I need to focus on ensuring that my team thrive within and beyond their roles.
This year I need to ensure that I continue to thrive too as the role, the team & the community grow.
We need to review the conditions needed to not just to grow but to flourish & thrive. For me Thriving is becoming the best version of yourself.
Tips for embedding Thriving as a daily practice in 2018:
Reading to reflect on Thriving in 2018:
Hannah, The Hopeful Headteacher
Currently feeling hopeful about:
- Sustaining the good habit of weekly choir.
- Reintroducing the habit of weekly yoga and/ or dancing.
- Developing my mindful practice.
Currently reading and thinking about:
- I am actually reading some crappy chick lit – I used to consume books back to back – but now read more for professional learning than for pleasure or escapism. I need to get back in the habit of losing myself in a good book regularly.
Currently feeling grateful for:
- The EduTwitter connections I was discussing #oneword2018 with earlier today as we did our selections – Thanks Carol, Christalla, Lisa, Mal, Michelle & Susan