Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Year's Resolutions 2015

Howdy Friends!
I am thrilled to be linking up with Jessica of Second Grade Nest in this awesome 2015 New Year's Resolution and Goals Linky! 

One professional goal that I have is to seek to better understand my role as an administrator. It is a crazy balancing act being both a 1/2 day teacher and a 1/2 day administrator this year, and I fear that I am failing at both jobs. I plan to spend a few minutes each school day in my office reading professional books, guides, and websites on how to better support my teachers and students in this new crazy world of "test'em to death" movements.

My second professional goal is to make myself be patient with my own abilities as a teacher. I tend to want to "make" kids and parents be perfect in everything that I do. I know that this is not realistic! I am working on encouraging every student to be her/her best and be content that they are doing their best!

My most important personal goal of 2015 is to get MORE SLEEP! This constant 1am-2am bed time and then up at 6am is not working for me. I am completely exhausted. With six kids, and wanting to not be a hermit around them, I find that after they are in bed in "my" time. Trying to create resources and run a school building are extremely time consuming, and I haven't quite found the balance. I hope I won't send out a 1am faculty email again in the new year!

My wife is amazing and I am hoping that I can show her that in the new year. I am hoping to take her on at least bi-monthly date nights- just us, not the 6 kids! This is one goal I am SUPER excited about!

 I do have another personal goal, and that is to journal about my life. My sister passed this past November, and one thing that I have truly enjoyed is reading through her many journals. She was an amazing person with lots of struggles that none of us knew about. It makes me love and miss her even more. I want my kiddos (and grandkiddos) to be able to read back over my life as well and get to know me better!

I hope that someday before I die I might be able to visit Ireland. It looks to be a beautiful and charming location. Guess I better start saving my pennies! 

 I don't know that I have anything that I would like to try. I am not really a picky eater, so I have tried quite the collection of food, even rattlesnake (and yes, it really DOES taste like chicken!). So, off the top of my head, I can't think of one!

I would love to learn how to play the cello. My mother plays the violin and I did try that once. My fingers are so big that I couldn't make it work for me. But, the cello would be awesome!

I really, really want to give up my negative attitude. I worry so much about what other's think of me or what I do, that I start to be negative about everything and use my "I don't care" mantra! NOT GOOD! So, I hope to start looking for three positive things about each day and then work up to more! Maybe I can even write about these in my journal (see personal goal above!)

Laugh! I want to enjoy my children and laugh more. 
I also want to call my parents more often. I don't call enough.

I want to finish my Daily Dose series by Spring Break! That will take some serious hard work and discipline! But, I think I can do it!

Don't forget to share YOUR New Year's Resolutions.

 Click on over over to Jessica's Second Grade Nest to get started! 
AND, don't forget to read all the other participants posts as well! :)

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


  1. Thanks for sharing your resolutions. I totally agree with the laughter part. I might have to add that one to my list. Happy New Year!

  2. You are so sweet to post that about your wife. I will let you in on a wife secret. Date nights are fantastic; yes, do take her on date nights. But the little things you can do for her or tell her on a daily or weekly basis are nice, too.
    Sounds like you guys are still very much in love. Very inspiring in this day and age!!

  3. Excellent goals! I can relate to so many of them! I definitely should've made sleep one of my goals. It takes me a LONG time to settle down after work, and that's when I stop grading papers and such!

    My grandmother also wrote journals and when she passed away it was a wonderful piece of her that we were able to hold on to. I've often thought of doing the same.

    Have a wonderful 2015!

    Mrs O Knows

    1. Thanks for your thoughts Rachel! :)
      I appreciate your stopping by and visiting. Have a most wonderful new year! WAHOO!

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    1. Keep your CRAP off my Blog, Sohail! This is tacky and lame!


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