The first year I was married my goal was to be an amazing wife. I concentrated on cooking every night. I coupon clipped, meal planed, and tried ridiculously challenging recipes. I kept my house sparkling clean, and did whatever I could to make Drew's life easier. Did I let other things slip? Yes-sir-ree-bob.
My first year of grad school I was also coaching, so to be honest I was literally trying to keep my head above water. I did put a LOT more time and effort into grad school than I am putting in now. Am I still getting As? Yes. But i've realized it's OK not to do ALL the readings. I can skim once in awhile. I can only do 2 discussion posts if that is all that is asked for- I don't have to go above and beyond and post 5.
Each year of teaching I have another year of experience under my belt. I begin with a renewed sense of purpose to help children learn and grow, and to foster an environment where they can thrive and become amazing people. This year, one of my goals is to give everything I have to my teaching. That means more hours at my school. That might mean slacking in the cooking department. I have about 10 meals that are my go-to's, and I may just have to use those over and over and over and over (you get it). I always give it my all to my students, but this year I don't want to look back and think "I could have done more." I want to leave my all in that classroom. I want each child to have my very best every single day. They deserve no less!
My second goal this year is to grow deeper in my relationship with God. I have started a new routine that I am loving. I wake up early, read my two devotionals, and pray before I do anything else. It starts my day in such a positive way and I am already loving it. I don't think I cracked open my Bible once last year. No joke. My thirst for growing in faith was completely pushed aside while I juggled all my other (not nearly as important) things.
Lastly, I want to focus on overall health and wellbeing. My eating has gotten much better ( as far as amounts) now I need to focus on exercising again and eating to fuel my body. I know exactly what I eat that makes me feel great, and what I eat that makes me feel awful. Now I just need to listen to my body.
You can't be great at everything. You cannot juggle 10 different things and be excellent at them all. It's impossible. So these are my three goals to focus on this year. I will try my best with other things in my life, but I want to spend most of my energy focused on the above.
I was looking for a song to include with the above, but I stumbled on this music video and couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it with you. It made me laugh, which is all I can ask for. I'm not a Mumford & Sons fan, but I saw this was being shared and decided to watch. I don't regret it.
What are YOU going to be focused on this year?