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A New Year To Remember

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happy New Year friends and readers! I would like to take the opportunity to say I took a few weeks off to clear my mind and enjoy my holiday vacation. I hope all of you did too! Over the course of my vacation, I was able to visit the United States, my home, Florida and also climb Mt. Teide in Tenerife, Spain. I have become conditioned to live in the moment, so looking back on my journeys over the course of the past five months, I feel blessed. Mt. Teide was a beast! It was certainly a great start to checking off one of my New Year's resolutions.
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One of my very first blog entries was about “Embracing Uncertainty.” It was about my grandmother and how I would handle living abroad while knowing she was ill back home in the States. My visit back home was a memorable one because I spent time with her. She was full of joy and it was as if she waited for my arrival home. She remembered who I was and her mind was lucid.
The following week I headed back to Spain and the day I left to say goodbye she wasn’t feeling well. I won’t forget the feeling I felt getting on the plane because it was if my body’s subconscious was telling me that something was wrong. A few days later my dad called to tell me her health declined and Hospice was at her home. My grandma, Micaela Colon passed peacefully on 11 January 2017.
Looking back at the past five months in Spain, I’ve met some really great people. Some of the best moments have been through meeting new people and traveling to new places. I have also had an incredible journey so far at my school. I look forward to sharing that information through my Series 2 interview.
Here’s a recap of the quote’s from last year’s blogs. I enjoyed rereading them and remembering when each piece was written. I look forward to the upcoming year so that I can learn more about my colleagues and also, continue to feel inspired.  
“Some people pass through our lives in a shorter time frame than we had hoped to teach us things they never could have taught if they stayed.” – Anonymous
“It’s about putting yourself out there to make it the best you can!” —Morgan Yearout
“Madrid especially has won my heart.” – Catalina Valdez-Dapena
“The most important relationship you have in life is with yourself.” – Michelle Nicchi
"It’s time to let go of the long hours and live a balanced life.”—Samantha LoDuca
“It is interesting to see the direct impact teachers have on the community.”—Justin Hughes-Coleman
“If I were to live my life as a punctuation mark, I always tell people I am a semicolon. Why? Because I just keep going.” – Lynnette Aizpurua
“Go with the flow.”—Leesa Truesdell
 “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss
“If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coehlo
“What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” –William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
With those very inspiring words, I would like to preview what’s to come in 2017.
Teacher Connection: Series 2 will be launched from it’s new home. Details will be coming.  Thank you so much to the teachers who have volunteered their experience and time. This series is going to highlight more of the classroom experiences each teacher is working on now.
Thank you to all of you for reading and sending messages about the blog. Your feedback combined with the memory of my grandma has inspired me to launch some new ideas this year. 
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The view from the top of Mt. Tiede!
Stay tuned!

Ciao for now,

Leesa with two EE's


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