I came across this image last night while poking around on Facebook…
The Success Indicator was a nice reminder of traits I would like to emulate to make a happier and more productive me. I realized that it has been over four months since the start of the year and I had not revisited my New Year’s Resolutions. Today seems like a great day to do that.
For those that don’t know, below is my New Year’s Resolution Poster I created for 2013. I took a page from my sister’s book and framed a list and hung it in my bathroom. I made a second copy and it is tacked to the board right in front of my cubicle. That way, I am reminded of my goals several times a day.
Side Note:A nifty trick for iCardSort. If you have a list of words, phrases, or sentences you would like to use as a deck in another application, simply make sure there is a “return” between each line you’d like to use as a card. I used the app Pages since that is where my New Year’s Resolutions were already located. You could use your email or the Notes app as well. Then, “long press” on the list, select all, and copy the text. When you open iCardSort, double tap the screen with two fingers. A screen will pop up that says “One Card Per Line” and your list already copied there. Select done. And voila, your deck is created!
I participated in the Pound Plunge with my mom, Aunt, and cousin. I lost about 2o pounds. Even better was getting the support from my friends and family.
- Recycling isn’t as hard as I thought it would be! I’ve gotten my entire family involved.
- Since the first of the year, I have purchased locally grown produce from Goode Food Delivered. It is yummy and I know I have reduced my carbon footprint by doing so.
- As a result of not being able to run races, I’ve ended up volunteering almost monthly. I was able to help at the Happy Camper Scamper, Pi River Rotation Half Marathon, and Free State Trail Runs. Last Saturday, my daughter and I helped to paint a Shelter House at Wyandotte County Lake with the Trail Nerds Group. For some non-running events, my mom and I were Red Cross Heroes and I was able to judge at a Science Fair. It feels good to help others!
- One issue I encountered was a few of my resolutions were in direct conflict with each other. For example, I am making my feet healthy! Turns out, I have a bone spur that in turn has created plantar fasciitis. I’ve had physical therapy and had to drastically reduce the number of miles I was running. I am slowly returning to running 3-5 times per week, but my goal of running over 31 miles will likely need to wait until 2014. I’m ok with that!
- I have not been a good mama when it comes to helping my kids learn to drive. My son, who is 17, has no desire to learn to drive. I’m hoping he will be ready this summer. My daughter, who is 15, I have no excuse. She is ready. Thankfully, my fiance’ has been helping her and I my promise to make sure she has her learner’s permit by the end of May. We can do it!
A Work In Progress…
I like this group of goals. For many of them, they WILL move over to the First Column by the end of the Summer.
- I will fit into my wedding dress. Well, this one is partly, no mainly, my stupidity. I wanted a cheap wedding dress but I also wanted to make sure I lost weight. So, I ordered it too small. Turns out, even if I was skin and bones, I couldn’t fit into the dress. Ha! It is a work in progress since I am losing weight AND I have a fantastic mom who is in the process of altering it. I WILL fit in this dress.
- And in less than a month, I will marry the man I have loved for almost seven years! It will be fantastic and fun as we play volleyball and celebrate getting married.
- My invitations turned out exactly how I’d hoped! I did not have to learn how to Photoshop because I have a wonderful friend, Melissa, who knew how to do all things creative. I still want to learn how to use Photoshop, but that can wait till July.
- I think we could all use time to visit family and friends. I’ve been focused on the wedding all this winter. This summer, I am planning a few day trips to reconnect!
- I hope to read more for pleasure when I am out of school. I have been able to read 2 books for fun. That is still an improvement from last year. Yes, a work in progress.
Things I Want to Adjust
- Instead of saying I will measure what I eat, I want to make it a goal to eat healthier and to reduce the amount of Processed Food in my diet. By doing that, I believe I shouldn’t have to worry so much about measuring what I eat.
- It wasn’t on my list, but my house that has been for sale for THREE YEARS, has a buyer. I will finally have it sold by the end of May. Yippee!!!
- I want to make more financially sound decisions. Happy face! Although my house will be sold, I will have to take out a rather large loan to sell it. Sad face. My goal will be to have this loan paid off in 15 months.
- Be happy and secure in my position at work. If you did not know, the position I have held this year as an Instructional Technology Specialist was eliminated by our School Board. I have been very discouraged as this was my dream job! My hope is that I will secure a position that allows me to make a difference in the lives of students and teachers as we prepare them for the future!
I’ve made a dent in my New Year’s Resolutions! When I look at the Success Indicator, I know I operate more on the “Successful Side”. Where do you fall? When you look at the list of Indicators, what can you do to support the younger generations to be more successful? To make ourselves more successful?
If you’re a teacher, did your students ever create goals this year? Have you revisited them recently? If not, take the time to do that. Remember to model how to reflect on your goals. Feel free to share my example! I’d love to hear how your year in review is going!
May you have joyous occasions awaiting you this summer!
Artwork Thanks: Color in the Gray for my wonderful engagement photos. Maggie Johnson, my daughter, for the artsy photo of our home.