reverb 11: Dreams for 2012

What are your dreams for next year? (Kaileen Elise

In a previous post, I said "In 2012, I will believe in hope, adventure, and falling even more in love. I can't imagine my life any other way." My dream for 2012 is to manifest this wish. I have been trying in the last year to dream BIGGER, to believe in the possibilities. 

2011 was full of challenges and facing some tough realities. In 2012, I would like some of my new dreams to come true. I dream of accomplishment, recognition and living and teaching somewhere new while continuing to stay connected to my friends. I dream of travel and lots of photography and finding a rhythm that keeps me in sync with responsibilities and love and fun. And honestly, I dream of making a difference in my students' lives, which is hokey even to me. But I'm on cold medicine and I desperately want to believe that I can affect change.

I did not always want to be a teacher. I fell into the path because of my friend, Maria, and my penchant for telling people what to do. My love of language and creative writing background were a bonus. I began to enjoying teaching when students' writing got better and when they opened themselves up to the world of language, persuasion, the possibilities for the written word. It's been a while since I felt so strongly about what I do. I see glimpses and glimmers every once in a while, but some of my optimism/naivete(?) is gone. In 2012, I'd like to get back some of the passion and joy I once felt toward my work.