What a year. Personally, professionally, mentally, emotionally. I have experienced great joy, loss, laughter, love, and above all, great change this year.
Some highlights: I began my first full-time (and paid) teaching job, I started a blog, started tweeting, learned about the importance of and subsequently developed a PLN, wrote a thesis, and finished graduate school with my MATESOL. Truly a huge year.
Following graduation I have taken a few weeks vacation away from social media and teaching which has provided me with a great deal of peace, clarity, and ample time to think and reflect on what I do, why I do it, and where I will go from here. That is a post for another day (tommorrow, perhaps! New Years resolution?), but I can say with certainty that this past year has been one of the greatest and most exciting I have ever experienced.
I feel so much gratitude for friends, family, loved ones, and supporters, near and far, for giving me the strength, love, and support, for believing in me times when I did not believe in myself, and for giving me the push I needed to go for what I never thought was possible. I am truly blessed, and truly grateful for this year, for the life, love, laughter, and learning that I have been lucky enough to enjoy.
I can only imagine what this next year has in store, but I can't wait to find out.