Well, I’ve come to the end of the 10 Day Blog Challenge and I’m feeling rather reflective. For a start, I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it all the way to the end, especially at the end of Term 3! It’s been an extra commitment in a  busy time but I’m glad I stuck with it. I do feel that in the long run I’d rather spend a little more time letting blog topics percolate and allowing space for more editing and refining, thought.

What did I enjoy most?

What I’ve enjoyed most about the challenge is the momentum I feel from setting aside time every single day to write. That’s why I signed up to the challenge in the first place, because I felt I needed a kick in the pants to get me into the writing habit. I’m not going to work at keeping up the daily practice, although it certainly won’t be a daily blogging habit. I just want to commit to making space and time in my day to put my fingers to the keyboard and create something every day.

Which was my favourite day of the challenge?

My favourite post is without a doubt this one from Day 2. The reason is that this was the post where I talked about my plans to take some leave from my teaching job and how that decision is a result of examining and then living out my highest values (happiness, health and wellbeing) or my WHY. It’s such a powerful shift in mindset when you prioritise what’s most important to you, and I really enjoyed reflecting on that.

What is my biggest takeaway?

Probably just that I am extremely capable of creating a consistent writing habit. Which leads me to the next point:

The next steps…

There are a lot of things I’d like to do with this website and my blossoming coaching business. First and foremost, I want to continue to provide information and resources to teachers about prioritising their health and happiness. But after that, my goal is to write a book about preventing burnout and promoting teacher wellbeing. It’s extremely important to me to spread the message of self-care so that we can create a happy, healthy workforce of teachers who not only can be their best in the classroom, but can also enjoy fulfilling lives outside of school as well. So for me, this blog challenge was about kickstarting a daily writing habit and tomorrow’s writing time will be designated to the book.

I also look forward to reaching out and connecting with a number of other thought leaders in the health, wellbeing and educational space to share their message too. I hope to do this in the form of an interview podcast, but we shall wait and see on the format it takes.

Finally, the most immediate next step for me is to throw myself whole-heartedly into my last term of teaching. Perhaps catalysed by this blog challenge, I have spent a fair bit of time reflecting this week on what it means to me to be leaving my beloved school community. I am truly sad about it, even though I know it’s what needs to happen in order for me to take the best care of me. I want to finish the year with all the loose ends tied up and doing the best job I can, while also looking after myself as best I can. I’ve spent a wonderful and formative 5 years of my life there and I will really miss it. but I also want to savour and enjoy Term 4.

P.S. This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 10