Winter break has been a lovely and much-needed respite from teaching. My husband and I spent Christmas with my family in Northern California. We ate, shopped, got caught up on movie watching, and spent lots of quality time with each other before things get busy again.
One of the best things about visiting the Bay Area during the holidays, though, is getting to see old friends. Facebook and email have made it easy to stay in touch, but there really is no substitute for actual face-to-face time with people you don't see too often. One such meet-up was with my college friend, Joe. Joe is a genius in my eyes and does amazing work with Apple. He has also been one of my biggest supporters as an educator, and I'm incredibly thankful for that.
As a prototype developer, Joe told me he has had to learn to "fail quickly." It's definitely something I've been trying to teach my students, but it's really stuck with me as I begin to think about the New Year. 2012 was a year of discovery, risk, and incredible highs and lows. I'm proud of what was accomplished in the last 12 months, but I am beginning to see that working through my failures was what ultimately helped me feel successful this year.
So, with that, I'm making the decision to "fail quickly" (and with grace) in 2013. Having this mindset makes the New Year seem less daunting and more adventurous as I face some pretty big projects in the next few months. I'm eagerly anticipating all that 2013 has in store, and am ever thankful for the support from my family, friends, colleagues, and PLN on Twitter.
Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!