I'm VERY ready to say goodbye to 2012. It was not a good year for me. Sure, a few good things happened but mostly it was an emotional roller coaster that kept me on my toes more often than I needed. I suppose it can be classified as a bittersweet year. I don't like to be self-pitying. I like to be realistic. Reality is that everything that happened in 2012, especially in my personal life, needed to come out and happen. Especially the emotional crap I buried for so long. I'm freer and happier now than I can ever remember being and that is fantastic.
So with that, I'm really happy to be linking up with Jen over at The Teacher's Cauldron for her New Year's Linky. Each linked up blogger is contributing two goals for 2013: one personal and one blogging-related. It's fabulous that it is separated because often we teacher-bloggers tend to combine everything into one (which leads to its own issues).
My Goals for 2013:
Personal - Finally take care of myself. I have a head start on this already because today is my 7th day without any soda of any kind (even my formerly beloved Diet Coke) and I feel so much better already. I am going to a weight loss seminar on January 12 and will really get a head start on my life change. Baby steps,you know? Last week I started with ditching the artificial sweetener drinks and this week I start my exercise routine back in gear. That way when I go to my WL seminar, I'm already a bit ahead of the game. (Plus with The Walking Classroom going 2-3 times per week in my classroom, exercise will be a snap!)
Blogging - I have seen very similar resolutions from many teacher bloggers and I have to agree. Many have said their blog goal is to blog with intention. To me that means I'm not worried about blogging if I have nothing really to say. I'm only worried about blogging (and commenting on blogs) when something catches my interest and I think readers might enjoy it. I think this is a worthwhile goal. I really enjoy blogging but as we all know, the real world comes first and sometimes convincing ourselves of that is hard. So my goal will be to blog with intention and focus on areas in the edusphere that matter to me (Common Core, evaluations, mentoring, student success, etc).
I invite you to link up with Jen if you haven't already. There are some great resolutions out there (and lots of blogs to begin to follow if you haven't already!).