This week a dear friend and colleague gave me a beautiful pin for Christmas that says, "Trust Your Journey". As I read these words they brought tears to my eyes. What a wild journey I've been on the past few years. I've experienced a myriad of emotions bouncing from fear to courage then doubt to excitement; as I've taken risks that I never thought I'd take. I've developed friendships that have given me the encouragement and support when I've most needed it and have believed in me when I didn't. I've uncovered passions, dreams and truths about myself that had not yet been realized; I've become a more true version of me.
I will say that there have been days when the journey has terrified me beyond belief. I've had moments of irrational fear and doubt when I've strongly considered going back to comfortable and easy. However, the fire inside me is too strong. I know that I can never go back to comfortable and easy because in the discomfort and challenge is where I've experienced such growth. In the fear, I've discovered things about myself I hadn't realized and have become even more certain of what I believe and hold dear to my heart. I am more confident and sure of the message I want to share with the world.
As I look at the journey ahead, I have so many amazing opportunities that are going to require me to jump high and far. The truth is, my excitement bounces to fear within an instant. I'm on a roller coaster ride of emotions from one day to the next. However, when I look back on the jumps I've made in the past few years I realize that each one I took started with the same degree of fear. Without taking those jumps I would not have realized my passions; those things that fuel me and give me purpose. Each jump opened up an opportunity for another and now looking back each one seems so much smaller than they did at the time. So here we go 2018....I'm ready! I'm going to jump far and high and trust my journey.
*thank you Jaime Hartt for the beautiful pin that I will treasure always.
Tech Integration Specialist in Southern Oregon and author of Make Learning Magical. I'm passionate about finding innovative ways to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in the classroom.