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Fireworks over downtown Nashville, TN  KC Hopkins

Fireworks over downtown Nashville, TN KC Hopkins

The last day of any year is a time of reflection. We look back at the year and analyze it. Some focus on the good, others focus on the bad. I choose to focus on neither. This year, I will be focusing on a journey.

Last year at this time I was a grad student who was beginning to think she had gotten in over her head. I was also working at a wonderful elementary school teaching struggling readers surrounded by my friends each day watching them work small miracles all day long.

Today I sit here no longer working, still a student, but finished with my coursework, and facing a semester of student teaching with a new group of kids and faculty. What a difference a year makes! If this year made that much difference, I wonder where will I be this time next year?

Will I be teaching? Where? What grade? What subject(s)? Will I be happy there? Will we finally be climbing out of the financial hole we have been digging for the past several years as I have been in school? Will my kids finally understand the sacrifices? Will my brother’s new baby be a new niece or nephew?

Only time will tell. All of these questions will be answered, for better or worse. Focusing on good or bad in the past does not change it. Looking forward, making plans, and having faith that it will all work out the way it is supposed to is how I plan to spend my New Year’s Eve.

How will you spend yours?