The Lessons I Learned in 2012- Sometimes the End is Just the Beginning

Have you ever wondered how you got through something without breaking down? Well for me this was what 2012 was about. It was one hell of a year. I went from being honored from being Teacher of the Year, to being told I had to re interview for my job, to being rehired but then getting the shaft on two positions that I was highly qualified for. By the time the summer came I was ‘spent’ mentally, physically and emotionally. All I wanted to do was rest. So I took the 8 weeks I was out to reflect on me-and how I wanted to build my legacy.  I decided that I needed to build my brand so high that I would never have to depend on a job to validate me. So I continued my push to get out the first online magazine for teachers, The Educator’s Room.

All summer I recruited writers, photographers graphic design people to help me. A lot of people ‘blew me off’ or questioned why I would do this but something was driving from inside me that kept saying, “Keep going, Fran. The end result will be huge.” I kept going and by the time we launched on August 1st, I was ready for whatever. At first traffic to the site was slow. But then I got an email from a guy in education who wanted to write for us and he wrote the article, “The Exhaustion of the American Teacher”, and my site EXPLODED. Seriously our Facebook fan page went from about 200 followers to over 2,000 in one month. Our page views were bananas (think in the hundreds of thousands) and all I could think was, “This started where I thought was an end.”

Fast forward to today. This online magazine has given me life again. Now I have a place to voice all of my frustrations with the American education system and an audience who will engage with me back.  For 2013, I have so many wonderful things planned for the site that I can barely contain myself. You see I have to remember that all because I think I’m at the end of an experience, career, etc that does not mean that it’s truly the end. I honestly believe that the reason I didn’t get ANY of those jobs I interviewed and applied for in the spring was because I needed to stay at my job so that I could be recognized for all the great things I do as an educator; hence, me being rewarded with Teacher of the Year 2012. Once I got that reward it validated all the struggles and foolishness that I went through in 2012. I feel like there are things that are literally ‘for me’ and it doesn’t matter what anyone says (or does) I’m going to receive them.  So as I look onto 2012 with some excitement and a little apprehension, I know I’ll be alright. I’m a child of God!

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Here I am 32 and accidentally a mother of three, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed “runnergirl”. Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .

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About BossyGirl1980

Here I am 32 and accidentally a mother of three, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed "runnergirl". Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .
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17 Responses to The Lessons I Learned in 2012- Sometimes the End is Just the Beginning

  1. Kita says:

    You go girl so proud of you. Keep going in the right direction everything happens for a reason.

  2. janeanedavis says:

    This was an interesting article on how you must always follow your beliefs even if you do not have popular support when you start out.

  3. DjRelAt7 says:

    I am with you, 2012 was a monster, but its turning around. I am turning it around! To an AWEsome 2013!

  4. Sheree says:

    Way to go Soror!! Your accomplishments this year alone were phenomenal. Keep being awesome! We need more like you to keep setting the bar high.

  5. T. Espi says:

    That is awesome and definitely something I needed to read right about now…
    My recent post Mani Monday: Shine Bright Like a Diamond

  6. How awesome, congrats! Heading over to check out the online mag now :)
    My recent post Journey Down the Aisle

  7. LoveDesignLife says:

    Love your article! Very inspiring. My niece is a teacher, I often hear of the many frustrations she encounters.

  8. Uneeka says:

    Good for you! It's funny how painful situations can push us into purpose. Or better yet push purpose out of us! Congrats!!!!
    My recent post Journey to Authenticity

  9. Aja says:

    Congratulations on all of your success Fran!

  10. amiyrah says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this! Faith and fear cannot exist at the same time, and that little voice helped you kick fear out of the way. Congratulations on your success and I hope it only gets bigger from here.

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