Thursday, January 2, 2014

OLW + Newspaper + Jan Goals {linky}

Well this just plans to be a busy beaver of a post! Sorry in advance (not really but its nicer to apologize, right?). :)

OLW 2014
I've been doing a ton of reading on Twitter lately. That's an oxymoron, isn't it? Since Twitter limits you to, what, 140 characters? Anyway, I read linked articles there. Not surprising that the past two days they have had a lot of articles about resolutions and whatnot. One article that I read says 2014 will be the year of mindfulness. {It's a good article - check it out.} I read it and reflected on it a bit and decided that's it. My OWL (one little word for those of you "not in the know") for 2014 is going to be Mindful

Having read Teach Like a PIRATE this summer....that's a big theme in the book. Be mindful in everything you are doing. On top of that, I read another article and decided to Get a Divorce in 2014 (not that kind, silly). It's all about mindfulness.

I can sum it up like this: Live in the moment -- you don't get any "do-overs". Take control of what you're doing while you're doing it. Mindful. Live.In.The.Moment.

Newspaper
This morning I had the pleasure of chatting with a local reporter for about an hour. I am going to be in the paper (well, really just in an online article but still). It isn't simply because I am fabulous. It is, quite honestly, because I am the one and only NBCT in my entire district. I'm also the only EMC-Literacy certified NBCT on my side of the entire state of Michigan. It's kind of a big deal.

I have waited patiently for this fanfare and now...it's coming. The Husband suspects that once word gets out, I will be headhunted. Perhaps...but I told the reporter (and I meant it) that I wouldn't leave my district if a more affluent one offered me a job that paid more. While my district isn't perfect, they are trying. I have spent my whole career there so far, including my student teaching, and I was a student at my current school. It's where my heart is. I want to work with kids who need me...and quite honestly, I need them too.

Funny that as I was typing this, the reporter called and let me know that my article will be going live in about 15 minutes or so! Eeee!

January 2014 Goals
Recently I was reading through Amanda and Sean's Blog (His and Her Hobbies) and stumbled upon The Babbling Box. {Sidenote: Isn't that the best blog name ever??? Maybe I'm partial to it because I have a tendency to babble on and on....and on! *wink*} Anywho, "The Box" has up a linky for goals for January 2014 and I decided to jump on board.

http://thebabblingbox.blogspot.com/2014/01/012014-goals.html
{Click the picture to head over and link up!}

1. Have 3 in-person Thirty-One parties
2. Make my 4th Startswell goal by Jan 20
3. Go to the gym at least 4 times per week from Jan 6-Jan 31
4. Lose at least 5 pounds
5. Stick to my Daily To Do list so I can work at school, not at home
6. Stay at least one week ahead in planning my rotations for ELA and math



The Caffeinated Teacher

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for linking up! I should have added the stick to my daily to do list so I don't end up bringing work home I feel like there is never enough time in the day. Also super cool that you were interviewed for the newspaper! Have a great weekend.

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    1. Yeah it was pretty wicked being interviewed. I didn't know they were actually going to put it IN the paper too but they did...I was in the Sunday Press, for a good reason, and that might be the highlight of 2014 for me! lol Not a bad way to start a year off :)

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  2. Hi Raye! I found you through The Babbling Box's blog. I noticed you loved her blog name and I have to tell you. I love YOURS too! I am completely useless without a Diet Coke, but it's one of my goals in January to kick the habit.
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Oh my goodness....last year I went on a medical weight loss plan and went 39 entire days without a single Diet Coke! I thought I would DIE. lol But now...you can't rip one from my cold, dead hands ;)

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