Here we are at the beginning of a new year. Like me, I know many of you spend time reflecting and thinking about the year behind us when a new, expansive year is in front of us – so much possibility, optimism, and mystery. Questions like, what brought me joy last year? What did not bring me joy (this one is easy for me on a personal level)? What would I do differently? How do I want to be better this year? I have been considering all of these questions.
It should come as no surprise that I am ready to put 2022 far behind me in terms of Emily’s diagnosis, but I have also learned a tremendous amount about myself and my community of friends, family, and our school. Here are a few of my takeaways that rise to the top of the list:
- Be prepared not to be prepared
- Do your best to focus on what you can control
- Ask for and accept help when you need it
- Hold the ones you love closely every chance you get
- Be optimistic and hopeful about what lies ahead
I am wildly optimistic about the future of French International. With a new name and logo, a new mission statement, a new strategic plan, and an upcoming capital campaign to support a new Maternelle/Lower School building, our future is exciting and inspiring. The community support and engagement in these initiatives have been remarkable, which is truly a testament to your commitment to French International.
A new year brings new beginnings, renewed optimism, and a variety of possibilities. I look forward to continuing to lead French International into our future with your support.
I can’t wait to see how 2023 unfolds, and I continue to be grateful to be a part of French International.
Happy New Year!