As I become older I have learned to not make resolutions, yet, just get out there and do the things you say you’re going to do. Last year I put it out into the universe that I wanted to finish university, be accepted into the Faculty of Education, and take a trip before my chaotic year as a student teacher began. I believe that if you put it out there, it will happen – and it did. All of it.
This year has similar intentions; however, I won’t graduate until next year. Holy crap… NEXT YEAR! 2017 is NEXT YEAR! Ya’ll, I have one year left. Heck, I only have four months left of this term and then I’m off for the summer. I just need to let that sink in for one moment.
Okay, it has sunk in.
So what do I want to put out there, to the universe, exactly? Well, for starters, the obvious is to have another successful term and pass my courses and the student teaching block. I have a really great Cooperating Teacher who is showing me the ropes and providing me with very valuable information and resources. I am really learning a lot from her. I’ve been blessed this block. I hope that for my final year (that begins in September), I will have an equally amazing CT.
After courses are done for the year, I want to find some sub work for the remainder of the school year. I really love what I do and I still love working as an Educational Assistant. I’m hoping that on the afternoons that I can work, from now until the teaching block, assignments are available.
On the adventurous side, I want to finally take a trip to Florida. Teachers Pay Teachers, and amazing site where educators can buy and sell materials, is hosting their annual teachers conference in Orlando this July. How perfect is that? For the last four years I have been trying to take a really nice vacation to Orlando/Disney, and something has always come up where I could not. I think this is Creator telling me that I will finally be able to get there and have a boat load of fun. I also want to spend time with family and friends in Minneapolis.
I also want to continue to grow as a person. After 33 years I have finally learned to love myself, my flaws, my quirks, and just what makes me, me. I love every wrinkle, every grey hair, and every stretch mark. I want to continue the work that I do for my community and try to continue to make it a better place (with more help). I want to become a really good teacher, where in 15 years, my former students will look back and say that, somehow, I made a difference. I know that I won’t be able to reach every student, but gosh dang-it, I want to try my best. I’m not doing the whole “New Year/New Me” crap, because honestly, if we tried to do a “new me” every year… it would become exhausting. You don’t need to find a new you. Just find ways to make yourself happy – take a trip (it doesn’t have to be grand, it can be a trip to a small town outside of your city), go out for coffee more with your gal pals; schedule a monthly mani/pedi, read a new book every month, learn a new skill… it isn’t that difficult.
I will also continue to work on my health/fitness. Last year I lost 25lbs in six months and I will do the same this year. A 50lb weight loss will be huge and even at a 25lb loss, I am noticing vast differences – I have shape, I’m becoming toned; I am making more healthy choices – parking further in a parking lot, taking stairs, and trying to eat better (this is a struggle and will always be a struggle). I am really working on my schedule so that I don’t skimp out on gym time – that is where I lost it this last school term. I also need to use the gym at school; after all, membership to the fitness facility is included in my tuition. In the words of Joanne and Hal… keep fit and have fun!
I would like to add more to this list, but I think what I have here is plenty – for now.
What are your intentions for 2016? Do you have specific ideas in mind or are you a go with the flow person?