It’s a new year, and that means new resolutions for the speech room! I’ll share some of my student’s resolutions with you first, because those are much more fun!
- “I will learn my sounds.”
- “I will not give up.”
- “I will try something different.”
- “I will make new friends.”
- “I will try my best.”
When we came back from break, I created a graphic organizer splitting up resolutions for home, school, speech, and for themselves. Sure, a few overlapped, but I loved seeing what my students thought they could do to better themselves this year. A favorite moment of mine was when a student took his whiteboard and decided it was personal. He would only share his resolutions with me, then asked if I would take a picture of his board and email it to his mom to keep him accountable. His resolutions remain a secret, but I am inspired by his character.
As for me, I picked a word for the year instead of a resolution. The beauty of words is that you can apply them to any situation. They’re flexible, like I’ve learned to be. This works for me, but I know many require hard and fast resolutions in order to see any kind of result, or simply don’t do the whole resolution thing. I can respect that–I only recently started theming my years with a word.
This year, my word is Enough. This is to remind me that I am enough, even when I feel that I’m not. That I do enough for my students, even when I feel that I don’t. That my best in any given moment, day, meeting, or therapy session is enough. Subsequently, this applies to my students’ efforts. I’ll always push them, but their best is always enough.
On the flip side of this coin, is acknowledging when I have reached Enough. Enough of a situation, enough overindulgence, enough worrying, enough working when I should be winding down to ready myself for the next day, and enough trying to control what is beyond my control. This is the year of remembering I am enough just as I am. My challenge to you all, is to find what you want out of 2018, and take steps to seeing it through! You can do it, I believe in you!
Keep playing with words and see what your message creates!
–Stef the StageSLP