Happy New Year!

I have to make a confession.  I’m terrible about resolutions.  My resolutions are much like my diets.  I start with the best of intentions, then I see that bag of chips in the pantry.  Game over!  I think I’ll start again next week, or the week after that, or why not wait until next month…

So in my effort to continuously improve without setting myself up for failure, I’ve been thinking about being more mindful about certain things in my life.  Why mindful?  Because I feel like resolutions are set up to fail, whereas mindful gives me room for mistakes and still gives me the ability to journey on.

Personal:   The words “self-care” have been in my mind for the past month.  I’m a single-parent and a teacher, so time for myself pretty much occurs when I “should” be sleeping!  Whether it’s taking a few minute to meditate, or getting my hair done (something I had given up for nearly 5 years while saving for our adoption and paying for childcare), I want to make my own self-care a priority.  I find that when I make self-care a priority, I am a better mommy and a better teacher!

Health:  Before my son, I was a gym rat.  I worked out 6 days a week.  After my son, I stopped going to the gym, because really, who has time?  And my body has paid the price.  I can diet all I want, but I have learned that the best way for me to lose and maintain my weight is to move.  I’m not running out to buy another gym membership, but I can find time each day to walk, or do yoga or use those Zumba discs I purchased at Costco a year ago.  I just want/need to move!

Classroom:  When I began teaching in my district 16 years ago, our elementary schools were K-5.  About six years ago, they reconfigured the buildings and the elementary schools were made K-4 and the middle schools became either 5-6 or 7-8 buildings.  A few weeks ago, our Board of Education voted to reconfigure our elementary schools back to the K-5 model.  I am so excited to get my 5th grade students back!  I’m already making a list of projects and units I want to do with them next year.  I cannot wait to work with my amazing students one more year!

Blog/TpT:  I love blogging.  Really, I do.  But in the big scheme of things, it falls by the wayside in the busyness of my life.  I have a list a mile long of topics and lesson ideas to share!  I’m really committing to blog on a more regular basis this year.  I’m sketching out a schedule this week!  Is there a topic you would love for me to cover?  Let me know!  

So now that you know my “mindful list” – what are you working to improve in your life this coming year?