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Got What You Wanted, Now What?

By Starr Sackstein — July 03, 2015 1 min read

Do we have any people who self-sabotage out there? How about this girl? Not saying that I don’t have great things happening to me or that I’m not responsible for those situations...

What I am saying is that I have a hard time trusting that the good things will continue.

It’s like I’m reluctant to trust the good because the badness will hurt so much more if I allow myself to be engulfed in the success and goodwill.

That being said, I plan to courageously embrace my current bout of good luck despite my inner naysayer trying to convince me otherwise.

Aside from the amazing experiences I had at ISTE this week, I found out today that I am being programmed for the hybrid position that I have been begging for.

That’s right: part teacher, part teacher-coach, all new challenge and I’m super psyched about it.

At the end of this past year, I started to feel a little stale. Yes, I took big risks this past year that do need to be further honed and practiced, but I’ve been teaching for 13 years and I’m ready for something new.

And now it has happened.

Those of you who work in schools, know what it’s like to be promised things and worried that those promises won’t happen because they haven’t in the past. I’m hoping this time is different.

So after a whirlwind year of amazing opportunities, meeting and collaborating with edu-all-stars and checking off a few important childhood dreams (like writing books that people read), I’m ready to take the next step in my career.

So when you get what you want... enjoy it, don’t question it or sabotage it or run away from it.

Today I’m reminding myself that I have worked hard and I deserve the opportunity to grow as an educator and help others do the same too.

In preparation for my new position at the school, I’m going to spend the summer getting ready. If it doesn’t end up happening, I’ll be sad, but I don’t want to assume it won’t. I want to believe it will. Already signed up for coaching workshops at ECET2 in Seattle, I’m looking forward to picking people’s brains and trying to get a better feel for the change will look like. Being ready is important.

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