I don't normally do New Year's resolutions. I'm a bit of a pessimist when it comes to New Year's resolutions to be honest; I guess my cousin and I are in the same in that manner. So instead these are some aims I'd like to work towards this year. Maybe that's the same thing as a resolution but it feels different to me, more achievable in fact, and that's what matters right? And I know I'm a little late on the bandwagon but since I've been on Christmas break this whole time I'm starting my goals today (the day work starts back).
#1 Lose more weight and continue pursuing a healthier lifestyle. I've been on a bit of a break over the holidays but thankfully I've maintained my weight loss thus far which I'm pretty proud of. I want to keep pushing, keep learning, and keep losing. To read more of my story read here, here, and here.
#2 Develop a cleaning plan and implement it. I really don't enjoy cleaning and while there are some things I do regularly, I need to do a better job of having a regular cleaning routine. I think it'd make me a lot happier and more relaxed. Instead of doing a massive clean up that takes awhile and is stressful, I'll do a little bit every day. I've developed this cleaning plan for us and I plan to implement it starting today! You can find the pdf for it here.
#3 Sew. My Nanna recently taught me some of the basics of sewing and I now have my own sewing machine. I really want to continue sewing and learn more about sewing. Something I'd like to achieve this year is sewing curtains for our spare living space. It's going to be a big task, there are 5 large windows so that's 10 panels to sew but it's something I'd really like to accomplish. I'm currently on the search for the perfect fabric at the right price!
learning to sew on my machine with Downton Abbey on in the background
#4 Be more creative with speech therapy. This fall I started doing several weekly themes for my speech therapy munchkins. I'd like to continue that this semester and then make it even better next year. I also want to aspire to be more focused on the quality of the therapy I'm providing, not the duration. To explain, working in a school I see a new kid(s) every 30 minutes so I'm constantly watching the clock to see what time it is and what I need to do next. My friend Charissa (a fellow SLP) recently did a post about this and it really inspired me. While still staying on schedule, I want to worry about the clock less and concentrate more on the quality of the therapy I'm providing.
#5 Spend more time with God (in prayer and study). This is the most important goal of all. I really want to focus on the Lord and my relationship with Him in every way. From praying more every day to spending more time in His Word. I plan on using these two books to help me do this.
So those are the things I'd like to work on and improve upon. Not only will these stimulate me spiritually, mentally and creatively but I think they'll help me grow as well. Here's to new goals in a new year!