My one word for 2017 is CARE. This word has meaning for me at home, at work, and in the community.
At home, it is easy to allow life to take over. Work, sports, activities, school, family commitments….they can take up all of the waking hours not otherwise taken by my job. I will focus my time this year on enhancing relationships with my wife, children, and parents. When in the car with kids, I will turn down the radio and ask questions. When i run out of questions, I’ll ask more. I’ll tell them about my day; my successes and struggles. This small effort will help make sure that the little time I have with my kids is spent enhancing our relationships. After the kids have gone to bed- the time I have with my wife- can easily be spent in silence or looking at a screen (phone, computer, tv). Instead, I’ll do the same thing I do with the kids- ask questions, listen, and pay attention. It will demonstrate that I care about them.
I started a new job in Oak Park USD this past July. Although I spent the first 6 years of my career in OPUSD, some of the people have changed, and I certainly have a different role than I did the first time around. What that means is that I know a lot of people, and a lot of people know me. However, we know each other from 2009. My goal for this year is to build deep and meaningful relationships with admin, teachers, support staff, and students. By building on my existing relationships, I will be better able to help our district change and adapt. It will demonstrate that I care about them.
I don’t have a lot of time to give to my community; I spend so much of my time working and doing family things. However, I do serve on the board of our city’s softball league. I cant take on a major role in the organization, but I do what I can as a board member and coach to help improve the league and make it a valuable community resource for families in Moorpark. This year, I will focus on building relationships with other board members and the parents of my players. Taking an extra minute at the end of a board meeting to connect with another board member, or sticking around after a practice to learn more about a player and their family. These little things will help me build relationships with the people in my life. It will demonstrate that I care about them.