1. I love my job. More than I can really describe.
2. In my other "PDL" (pre-Denmark life), I was always involved in leadership type activities--both professionally and in my volunteer life. I am sure that is what eventually led to my wanting to become a principal.
3. I never expected to be able to do any type of leadership activities in my professional life in Denmark; being a newcomer to a country means that you have to start from scratch in a lot of ways and that is ok. So I knew that my "roles" in life would change, but that was ok!
I have been thinking a lot about this new school year and what my workday will look like starting in August. And I have realized that my expectation in #3 has shifted slightly; actually it has shifted a great deal because of 3 things that are happening to me in a matter of weeks.
1. I have the HONOR of being a mentor teacher to one of the new English teachers on staff this year. I have been a mentor to others numerous times before, but in a system that I intimately knew and understood. However being given this honor in Denmark validates that fact that I am getting to the point that I really do know what I am doing here. :-)
2. I have been named a team leader for one of our new incoming 1g. teams. I never expected this to happen because of my Danish language deficiencies, but lo and behold...someone must think I (and my Danish) am up to the task. :-) And that is a great feeling!
3. I get to "open" the International Student Center of Region Midtjylland (see post HERE) which is based on an idea that I had and which was approved from an application that I wrote... talk about feeling empowered. Someone believed in my idea enough to put a great deal of money and support behind it. And that feels better than I can ever begin to explain!
Me, a foreigner. A non-Dane. An expat.
But a person who has really found her niche as an expat in Herning, Denmark.
So don't sell yourself short when you move to a new country just because your geography changes. Keep doing what you do well and someone will eventually recognize it so that your gifts and strengths can be used to make a contribution to this new country of yours.
I am proof that it DOES happen!