#Intentional: Looking Forward to.. . being me?

It’s my favorite time of the year.  The time of year when I think about the new year, new goals, new understandings and new ways to describe what is happening in my life for the year.

Let me tell you a true story:

I friended a few former colleagues on Facebook after leaving jobs this year.  I’m pretty much uncovered, naked, real, true and insane on Facebook.  It scared the hell out of a few of them.  I even had a couple send me private messages asking who this “new” person was.  I told them, nothing new, just living in my space, doing me.  If it’s a problem for you, unfriend me.  Several did.  Discomfort is hard for some people, and that’s ok.

With that said, it’s time for a new word for the year.  I’ve been visionary, connected, aware.  This year, I was intentional. Being intentional has had such an impact on me that how I move into next year as I consider goals and plans, is just a bit scary.  Yet I think I know what word I’ll be focusing on in 2018:  AUTHENTIC.

au·then·tic
ôˈTHen(t)ik/
adjective
  1. 1.
    of undisputed origin; genuine.
    “the letter is now accepted as an authentic document”
    synonyms: genuinerealbona fidetrueveritable;

    legitimatelawfullegalvalid;

I’ve had professionally earth shattering things happen to me this year.  I walked away from a sure thing as far as jobs go, because, it was a sure thing, and I found that entrenching.  I took the GCE Level 1 exam in preparation for something bigger for me.  I started and then quit a job that, it turns out, just wasn’t the right fit.  With some friends, I’m slowly creating something new professionally… something – authentic.  I did all of this because being the stereotype… or more specifically, the archetype grew old.  I am more than a teacher, a leader, an entrepreneur, a mentor.  All of that has been what I’ve chosen to be out there.  It’s time to show off the real me.

So, in the new year, I will intentionally be genuine; doing things that are necessary, valid and true.  I will show the world my legitimate self and what that means to me as an educator.  I’m looking for a job, outside the classroom, perhaps, outside of K12, that will help me become this authentic self.  This will be harder, scarier, and more real than being visionary, intentional and connected… or anything else.  This is jumping off the ledge, landing in the water, and coming up for air.  I can do it.

Uncovering the authentic self in the new year.  Yep, that’s the next thing for me.  Hope it doesn’t scare you.