Check In

Last June, I wrote a post titled “Glow Up.” It was the idea of doing things that you like without holding on to what people or society expect you to be. And while that was the phrase and the phase I needed to go through last summer, this year is different.

See, I know who I am. I have a pretty good idea of who I want to be and what I’m chasing. It’s just a matter of figuring things out in the best way for myself. I’m spending time trying to correct the things that need correcting, and maintaining the things that need to be maintained.

I wrote in January that the theme of the year for me is maintenance. It’s not big stuff and brand new ideas. And now that the summer is here, it’s especially time for me to work on the things that I need to.

Since it’s June and we’re about halfway through the year, I’m looking at the things I started to do at the beginning of the year. Some things haven’t panned out the way that I expected them to, and that is okay. What matters is what I do with that information. It does no one any good to mope about and lament about how things used to be. Nothing changes when you do that.

Life isn’t always about the big goals and accomplishments. Sometimes it’s about the little things as well. A big thing is to redefine what success looks like for you. It can be something as small as getting out of bed in the morning. It can be knocking out items off your to-do list. Success is not a one-size-fits-all kind of gig. It can vary even from day to day.

This summer for me is a lot about checking in with myself. It’s seeing what works, and doing my best to fix what doesn’t. And that goes for any aspect of my life.

Let me give an example. My teaching overall got a lot better this year. I felt better about my lesson delivery and the content I was teaching. However, I know there are some of my classroom management policies that need work. So I’m taking some time this summer to reflect and see what I can do better.

That’s just one example. But you need to check in with yourself too. Not just for your goals, but also your thoughts, feelings, and overall well-being. Whether you do it twice a year, once a month, or even every day, you need some time to check in.

When I talked in January about this being a year of maintenance, I used the analogy of a car. When a light goes on in your car, you usually do what you can to fix it. You might be able to fix it yourself, or you take it into a mechanic. Such is the same with yourself. Some things you can fix on your own, but other things you need help with. Both are acceptable and actually okay.

I don’t know what you’re going through. I don’t know what your life looks like. But this is me giving a reminder to check in with yourself. And I don’t say that because I’m an expert. It’s a letter to me to remind myself that checking in is important. I can’t just run myself ragged. That doesn’t benefit anyone, including myself. So I need to take that breath, find time to check in, and fix the issues I find.

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