01 Jan 2013

Be Intentional

4 Comments Being Intentional, Canadian ECE

I’m not usually someone who makes a New Year’s Resolution, although I am someone who tries to examine my life and to set goals on semi-regular basis. As I mentioned in my last post I think that it’s important that each of us make it part of our practice to continually reflect on our own behaviours and to use those reflections to inform the way that we move forward. That being said, this year I have decided to make a resolution of sorts. This year I resolve to be intentional. That’s all, just those two words- be intentional. They will become my mantra for 2013. I want to be more intentional is every aspect of my life, including both my personal and professional life. All too often I have found myself simply going through the motions because I’ve been busy or tired or stressed out and although going through the motions is certainly a means to an end, that’s not the way that I want to live. I want to be present and intentional in my actions. I want to be conscious not only of what I am doing, but also why I am doing it. I want to take back control over my own actions and live more intentionally.

Now, I also know that one of the most important aspects of goal-setting is to identify specific and concrete ways to achieve your goals. I will admit that I’m still working on specific ways I will support my resolution to be intentional, but I will certainly share them as I develop them. The first thing I’m going to tackle is this blog. Up until this point I have posted here when I have been inspired and had the time, or really when the stars have aligned. However, this blog is a way for me to reflect on my beliefs and practices as they relate to child development and early childhood care and education, I want to be more intentional is using it for that. So, having heard that BlogHer is making every month National Blog Posting Month,  which challenges bloggers to post every single day for a month, that’s going to be my first concrete goal. A month long goal is smaller and therefore more attainable, and I hope this will help me to reflect not only on my work, but on my resolution to be more intentional. Wish me luck.

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4 Responses to “Be Intentional”

  1. Reply Martha brown says:

    Happy New Year, Shannon! These are great words to live by 🙂 last year my “word” of the year was frugal…. This years word is simplicity ( simplify, live simply…) … Althought I plan to Dream Big and buy that house in Nova Scotia! (making an offer on Thursday!!!!) . I am also vowing not to do karaoke this year!

    • Reply Shannon says:

      Happy New Year Martha!
      Simplicity is a great word for the year. I think it will be my word of the year for my students.
      Good luck with the house (fingers crossed) and don’t worry you’ll do karaoke again. 🙂

  2. Reply Documentation and Reflection - Canadian Early Childhood Education says:

    […] year end cleaning turned it up and now I’m trying to work through it in an intentional way, as is my goal for all things this year. The Diary of Laura is, as it sounds, the documentation diary of a infant named Laura during her […]

  3. Reply My Image of the Child - Canadian Early Childhood Education says:

    […] This also has me thinking about my own image of the child, be it infant, toddler or preschooler. As I have tried to consider how I can be more intentional in my practice I have to go back to my image of the child. Am I acting in a way that reflects my image of the […]

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