This quote hangs in my office, a gift from a very dear friend after I graduated (rather late in my educational life) with my Master's Degree. For me obtaining that degree was a lifelong goal, and the first step in dreaming a new dream. I was ready for new challenges and to do something different. That dream, to become a building principal, didn't turn out exactly as I had planned, but it did lead to the fulfillment of another dream that I had kind of put on the back burner - to help other teachers and schools in the role of educational consultant.
So I set off on that new adventure, not sure what I was doing - feeling really out of my comfort zone - but knowing that this was exactly the change I needed. This journey was a whirlwind of highs and lows, and many miles of windshield time. I met many new people to whom I will always be connected, learned so much, and felt like I was making a difference. But the winds of change came blowing in again, and when I decided it was time to close one door and open another, it was that quote that I read over and over each time I walked into my office, that I was not too old to dream a new dream, that gave me the courage to take the next step.
Today, my new venture became real. A connection made from the previous journey came calling and now I'm back in that familiar role, doing what I love, and feeling like I can help make a difference in teachers and schools which ultimately impacts kids. So to all of you who believed it could happen, it did. Thank you for your encouragement and for walking beside me in my latest dream. Where this will take me? Who knows, but I'll take pictures and send post cards! Stay tuned!