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.

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'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.
{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


  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.

    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 :)

  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.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    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 can't rip one from my cold, dead hands ;)