Hello there,

I hope you’re feeling as rejuvenated as I am after this holiday break. There’s something about the start of a new year that fills us with energy and optimism, isn’t there?

As we begin the fresh start of 2024, you’re likely enjoying that rare, serene state of relaxation and readiness. But, like a warm cup of coffee on a cold morning, how do we keep that comforting feeling from fading as the demands of the school year ramp up?

This is where the art of Self-Negotiation comes in:

  1. Understanding Self-Negotiation: Think of it as your personal toolkit for sustaining post-holiday serenity. It’s about engaging in a meaningful dialogue with yourself to balance your needs, wants, and obligations.
  2. Setting Realistic Goals: How about we turn those big dreams into achievable goals? Let’s strategize on carrying this feeling of rejuvenation into our daily routines by breaking down goals into manageable steps.
  3. Negotiating Your Time Wisely: Remember, time management is more than just schedules; it’s about prioritizing what rejuvenates and empowers you. Find a balance that resonates with your lifestyle.
  4. Prioritizing Self-Care Year-Round: Let’s make self-care a regular part of our routine, not just a holiday indulgence. It’s vital for our long-term well-being and effectiveness.
  5. Embracing Flexibility: As educators, we know that adaptability is key. As the school year evolves, so will our needs. Let’s be ready to renegotiate with ourselves, keeping our well-being at the forefront.
  6. Learning to Say ‘No’: Sometimes, saying ‘no’ is the best form of self-care. It’s about setting healthy boundaries for ourselves.
  7. Celebrating the Small Victories: Every step towards maintaining balance is a victory. Let’s recognize and celebrate these moments, no matter how small.
  8. Reflect and Adjust Regularly: Keep an eye on your self-negotiations. Are they helping you maintain that post-holiday calm? Be open to making adjustments as needed.

Together, let’s make this serene post-holiday feeling a constant companion throughout 2024, not just a fleeting visitor. By mastering self-negotiation, we can approach the school year empowered and maintain our well-being.

I’m here, cheering you on every step of the way!

Warm regards,


Wealth and Well-Being Coach | Author of Burn Bright, Not Out

P.S. To support your journey in maintaining your well-being:

  1. Join the FREE Money Ninja Challenge and design three 5-year futures. Then learn how to meet your goals financially. This is FREE for a limited time.
  2. Upgrade your speed by joining the Money Ninja Club for transformative financial strategies with fellow educators.
  3. Discover Burn Bright, Not Out for 35 essential lessons on teacher well-being, available on Amazon.
  4. Stay connected: Follow me on LinkedIn and Instagram for ongoing insights and tips.
  5. Be part of our vibrant Facebook Group to engage with a community of educators, share ideas, and find answers.