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We made it to the end of 2020. Did you breathe a sigh of relief? I might have…

At the start of a new year, I always like to look back on the year that’s just ended. So I recently pulled out the list of ten goals I wrote down for 2020, and I literally accomplished zero. That’s honestly never happened to me before. I don’t think I failed, per se. I mean, 2020 pretty much stomped on everything, right? I think I’ll start referring to it as the year that wasn’t.

So how do I move forward from these unaccomplished goals? Should I carry them over into 2021? Or should I just crumple that list into a ball and toss it in the trash?

I’m still deciding, but in the meantime, I’m choosing to focus on the good things that happened in 2020. I’m having to look a little harder to find those moments, but they are there.

Wiregrass Parents is kicking off 2021 with our annual Education & Private School issue. This month’s guide is your one-stop shop for all things education-related in the Wiregrass, from public to private schools, homeschool groups, PreK programs, and tutoring resources. If you’re looking to make a change in your child’s education, be sure to check out this month’s feature article, How to Find the Right Private School for Your Child.

I spent my childhood and teenage years watching my mom go back to college to finish her degree while working full-time. It was so cool to watch her walk across the Civic Center stage and get her diploma. I was so proud. Watching her chase and finally realize her career dream was incredibly inspiring. She could have so easily settled, but she didn’t and has always encouraged me to go for the things I want out of life.

I knew I wanted to be a journalist in middle school. Everything I did in high school was a step in that direction. When I decided my senior year that I wasn’t going to take Calculus or Chemistry (because I didn’t need them to graduate), my mom had my back. She didn’t back down when the school made her sign a waiver because that decision meant my class rank might fall (I still graduated Salutatorian). And when I only applied to a few colleges with good journalism programs, she didn’t try to push me into going where all the other kids I graduated with ended up.

I tell you this to say that everyone’s education journey is different. I’ll be forever grateful that my parents didn’t try to force me into a box of preconceived notions. I hope this issue of Wiregrass Parents will help you make the best decisions for your children based on who they are as individuals.

They say hindsight is 2020, but honestly, I just kind of want to forget the past year. So here’s to 2021 being the fresh start we all need.

Happy New Year!

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. She grew up in Blakely, GA. She graduated from Early County High School in 2005 and went on to graduate from Troy University in 2009. Ashton has been interested in journalism since high school where she was on the newspaper staff for three years. In college she worked with the yearbook and the Advertising & Public Relations Society. She interned with Dothan Magazine in the summer of 2008 and worked as a producer and Executive Producer for WTVY-TV for nine years. Ashton married her husband, Chris, in 2012. They welcomed their daughter, Alexis, in 2015. They also have a dog, Jackson, and cat, Cooper.

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