Life is full of ups and down. When you’re down, very few options are available: quit (and stay down) or get up (keep going).
What will you choose?
Today, it’s easy to march downtown and then head out to breakfast. It’s easy to find a quote online, or tell the world why we have a dream and add a few hashtags. #iHaveAdream #MLK #Equality #HappyBirthday
While these acts are awesome (and worthwhile), let’s channel that energy and motivation each and every day we are 10 toes down.
Here is what I challenge myself to do over the next year in honor of Dr. MLK and the movement:
1. I will not judge a book by its cover. I will give everyone a chance to show me who they are, instead of allowing any labels to dictate how I treat you.
2. I will challenge those around me to be more giving, caring, and empathetic to others (regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.).
3. I will volunteer and work in areas that directly impact social justice.
4. I will not be a silent observer of social injustice in any form at any level.
5. I will not apologize for demanding equality and equity in the systems within which I participate.
What are you going to do?!
Reflecting on the things you’ve said and done is important to growing as a person.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, we overdo it once we think about or actually go to college. There are so many questions: “Did I pick the right school?” “Is this the right major for me?” “What DO I want to do?” “Who am I?” “What’s next?” “Skip a shower today?” “Drop out, transfer, or stick it out?” “How safe is it to eat 2-week old pizza?”
It’s ridiculous the number of questions you’ll ask yourself. (Let’s not think about the questions that come from the family, our friends, professors, etc.)
So, do yourself a favor and keep it simple.
“Did I do the right thing?”
Okay, then re-evaluate your decision and work to never be in that situation, or prepare yourself to handle that situation differently in the future.
Cool. Now, think about how it benefited you, and how you can build on this benefit.
Keep it simple.
Don’t let “overthinking” become a second job, or a second major. You won’t get extra class credit for it.
You’ll just get extra stressed.
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If 2016 was a great year for you, I am truly happy for you! I hope you reached all of your goals and became the person you desire.
If 2016 wasn’t as great to you, and you are still here, find the silver linings! Try to focus on what DID go well for you in ’16.
Either way, 2017 is upon us, and we have a chance (and a choice) to do the best to make our lives, our world, and our dreams better.
Here are a few of my New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Dream bigger.
2. Work smarter.
3. Follow through.
4. Be consistent.
5. Stay humble.
6. Love (really) hard.
7. Learn how to separate constructive feedback and de-constructive rhetoric.
8. Be a vessel of positive energy and blessings.
9. Speak my truth.
10. Yearn to learn.
What are some of your resolutions?
Meet Erin Logan!
Current Company: Clear Creek ISD (League City, TX)
Degree(s)/Major(s): MLS (Master of Library Science), M. Ed in Education of the Gifted, and B. S. in Secondary Education (English)
Skills needed to do the job: reading, math, lots of verbal communication, [managing] email correspondence, computer skills, making connections
What are your job responsibilities? “As an intermediate school librarian, my primary focus is literacy – building a love of reading, promoting literature, and teaching internet literacy. I organize clubs and library programs to draw students in, help them find and develop new interests, and assist with academic tasks. Students come to me independently, and I instruct whole classes as well. I also get to meet a lot of authors, which is pretty amazing!”