|Devil's Golf Course, Death Valley National Park|
- Take my streak one day at a time. I am not committing to 365 straight days of exercise, but each morning, I can commit to working out that day. Even if it is just a short walk, a short walk is better than not getting off of the couch at all! I know that at one point, the streak will end, but as long as I am physically able to continue my streak, I will do it!
- I have struggled with my weight for a long time. I have always been big, but at least in high school and college, I was more fit and toned. My wake-up call came on Sunday, January 3 when I stepped on the scale for the first time in probably eight months. For the first time in my life, I weighed in at over 300 pounds. No matter my muscle mass and excuses that I have made in that regard, that kind of weight is not healthy for a person with a family history like mine. And while I have a goal weight in mind, like my exercise commitment, I am committing myself to one day at a time of eating better, making better choices, and holding myself accountable to make a permanent change to my weight and my health.
- 2020 has brought to light issues that have always been there and have needed to be addressed for hundreds of years: equality for all and educational equity. I will be the first to admit as a white male that I have a lot to learn and more that I can do to become an antiracist educator and advocate for educational equity. I am committing myself to learn more, not shy away from tough conversations, and be more of an ally for all that are unfairly disadvantaged.
- In 2020, I applied for the Google Innovator Academy and unfortunately, was rejected. While I believe that my initial application included a solid idea, I know that there are thousands of people that also have solid ideas, and competition for that coveted Innovator certification is fierce. I am committing myself to evaluate my ideas, polish the application, and hopefully, earn the opportunity to participate in the Innovator Academy in 2021.
- Lastly, the first half of the 2020-2021 school year was a tough one, completely online. And while we are starting the new semester virtually once again, regardless of how the remainder of the school year and beyond plays out, I commit to being the best educator that I can be for each one of my students, their families, and my colleagues.