New Year, New Resolutions

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Wow, it’s 2018! It’s such a strange and exhilarating feeling to say this number out loud. 2018. The world is changing, albeit sometimes not for the better, and memories, experiences, and wisdom are continuing to be acquired… always for the better.

And, wow, I have not blogged in over a year. Uncovering this fact made me sad and definitely informed some of the resolutions I have made for this year. Before I share my resolutions let me just say that I absolutely love making resolutions.

I thrive on goal-setting and I use several opportunities throughout the year, both momentous and mundane, to sit down to reflect and resolve to do better.

As a firm believer on making SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals, here are a few I made for 2018 (note: this is a living list and may be adjusted or added onto!).

2018 Resolutions

  1. Write more!
    • Growing up, I was the child who loved receiving journals and fancy pens to record my daily musings in. Who am I kidding, those are still the best gifts to give me (in addition to puzzles, books, gift cards to bookstores, candles… but I digress). Nowadays, blogging is the new journaling, but I think there’s something romantic about putting pen to paper. I want to write down my thoughts more, even if it’s just random ramblings… especially if it’s random ramblings. There’s an inner genius hibernating within all of us. I just want to wake mine up! I want to journal at least 3x a week, even if its just a short paragraph about my day or a bulleted list of thoughts I had that day. So far, I’ve been journaling after reading a few chapters of Lilly Singh’s book, “How to be a Bawse” because it’s actually really dope and motivating to read. She also includes random exercises to think bawse-ly. Lilly, you’re legit.
    • In addition to journaling, I want to blog at least once a week. I already created my January blog calendar and have thought through topics I want to write. I’ve given myself two topics a week, but want to be kind to myself in case I don’t get to the second one each week. My week tends to get incredibly busy with working nearly 60 hours a week and grad school requirements. But writing and sharing my work gives me so much joy and excitement. And that’s a worthy cause to invest in.
  2. Read more!
    • I am a reading teacher… and I should be reading more. Currently, I read 1 book a month. I want to up that to at least 4 books a month. And 1 of these books need to be young adult fiction so I can make legit recommendations to my students.
    • I will read daily, even if it’s for 15 minutes before bed. I will choose a book over television. This will take self-control some days, but a minimum of 15 minutes a day is totally attainable.
  3. Be loving and accepting ❤
    • I hope to be better about spending time with loved ones and be incredibly present during that time. In my first year of teaching and graduate school, I was very MIA. And when I was around, I wasn’t very present. I was so lost in what was happening at work and school and I don’t think I was very fun to be around. Even if others didn’t notice it, I noticed it. And I didn’t like who I was becoming. I loved my job and felt like my time at work/school was being spent so valuably, but I felt like I had no personal life and stimulation outside of work/school. At least once a week, I want to spend time with someone special to me, other than my wonderful beau (I also want to say words like “beau” more often).
    • I plan to be kinder to myself. Gosh, I am so hard on myself. I truly am my worst critic. It’s exhausting to have this negative person in my head telling me how I could have done better or thought happier or aimed higher or worked harder. I want to let go some of that negative energy and just relax. This means I have to continue to work hard, but also work efficiently and make realistic goals (i.e. request the extra time if necessary or be less of a perfectionist and focus on content/quality over aesthetics of a deliverable). I also want to be more body positive. My weight fluctuates and my body changes several times a year based on stress or events or holidays or plain, bad eating habits. And when it changes in a way that I don’t prefer, I tend to be very upset with myself. I just want to be calmer about it all and focus on a healthier lifestyle. Treat myself to things I like (like hot fries, chocolate chip cookies, and dirty chais, not in that order and not in that combo), but also go for runs/hikes/walks, stretch it out, and practice yoga (all activities I really love). Healthy living is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. And in order for it to be fun, I need my cookies and sweet, sweet chai, people.
    • Bring in, amp up, and spread the joy-factor. This is self-explanatory, but the plan is to just smile more, on the inside and outside. One of my students told me the other day that when my face goes blank (I have a resting blank – not B – face when I’m thinking), she worries that I’m upset with her. That made me sad. I’m very rarely upset with my kids or with others. I do get upset with myself, but as stated above, I’ll be kinder in that area, effective immediately. Regardless, I don’t want to bring down someone else’s mood because of facial expressions that are so easily fixed. Additionally, I really enjoy being goofy with my friends, family, students, and coworkers. It’s SO much fun.
  4. Seek and welcome enriching opportunities
    • I want to travel and explore different cities, including the one I live in (what up, H-town). I’m already on track with this goal and have booked a ton of travel for 2018. The plan is to do something explorative and exciting once a month, even if it’s just in Houston.
    • Seek professional and personal growth. I want to put myself on the radar in the workplace and ask to be challenged (and, perhaps, groomed) for meaningful positions. I work in education. I can make a difference. And I have ideas. I just need a platform to make some of these things happen. Rather than wait to be noticed, I want to ask for these opportunities, even if the answer will be no. I’ll provide my reasoning why, put myself out there, and keep putting myself out there until the answer is yes. I mean, Snape wanted to be the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher for YEARS. He kept asking, and Dumbledore kept giving the job to someone else. Eventually, Snape got the job (Dumblebore had his reasons while Snape kept pushing and bettering himself, as a result becoming one of the true heroes in the glorious Harry Potter series, but again, I digress). What I’m trying to say is, if Snape can do it, so can I. I also want to take my writing seriously. It’s a passion of mine and I deserve to explore it more. So boom… hello, year of growth.
  5. And finally, always give 100% to everything I put my mind and heart to. Giving anything less than that means it’s an activity I probably shouldn’t even spend any of my time on.

And that’s all! I’m planning to conquer these resolutions AND 2018. What are some of your resolutions? Comment below 🙂

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