I’m not sure how many of you have made resolutions, but I found this on Pintrest and thought it was a great idea. It is a few days past the end of the year, but it’s never too late to reflect and learn from the previous year.
My 10 Highlights:
- Vacationing at Pawley’s Island with my husband in April. It was a beautiful and relaxing trip (much needed).
2. Deciding to become foster parents for dogs through Kentucky S.A.V.E. We met a lot of great people and dogs!
3. Watching many of the students I worked with at Paul Laurence Dunbar graduate.
4. Passing the Special Education Praxis test.
5. Accepting a certified teaching position at Madison Middle School after countless interviews and rejections.
6. Participating in one of my closest friends’ weddings.
7. Successfully defending my research project after spending a great deal of time and energy on it.
8. Finishing my Masters of Arts in Teaching.
9. Unexpectedly adopting a third dog—our sweet “foster failure” Penny.
10. Paying off my car!
My 10 Disappointments:
- Being pink slipped due to budget cuts. Although everything turned out well (I accepted a certified teaching position), it was still stressful and frightening.
- Losing Penny for 12 hours. We found her and then decided to adopt her afterward, but it was a terrible day.
- Unexpectedly losing a friend from Taiwan to an illness.
- Not spending more time on my physical fitness.
- Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
- Not following through with my goal to give up gluten. 2015 will be better!
- Not spending more time growing closer to God.
- Allowing others to take advantage of my kindness and use their power to dictate my actions.
- Comparing myself to others rather than living my life to its fullest (this is a constant struggle for me).
- Allowing stress and fear to consume me at times.
My 3 Game Changers:
- Adopting a third dog.
- Accepting a certified teaching position.
- Agreeing to open my home to strange little fur animals.
My 3 Main Items of Focus:
- Completing and defending my research project.
- Apply for teaching positions.
My 3 Forgetting Items:
- Training for another half marathon.
- Completing two minor house projects.
- Reading multiple books on my book list.
For this year, I want to focus more attention on growing closer to God and getting back to optimal health. I hope to push myself harder when I exercise, leave behind foods that are not helping fuel my body, and spend more time doing activities that I truly love. I plan to spend more time outdoors hiking and I have always want to learn to play the guitar. So much of my time for the past two year has been spent on finding a teaching position and completing my Masters of Arts in Teaching degree that I have failed to pursue my hobbies and other activities that I enjoy. Furthermore, I am realizing that I need to establish a better work-life balance. What do you hope to accomplish in 2015? How will you allow what happened in 2014 to impact your new year?