Resolutions… Plans with deadlines

I am a firm believe in resolutions.   And if anyone has set a resolution, worked toward it, and felt the satisfaction of accomplishing it, you understand why.  It’s so worth it.  I don’t set typical resolutions (weight loss, financial, etc.), I set very specific, reachable goals.  I think this goal-setting is in my DNA.  I write it down here for some accountability and to check in periodically.  Here are my goals, with some explanation.


  1. Improve my 5k time.

Running has become a hobby and I want to take it to the next level, where it become more of a routine.  So a time goal will help motivate me.  Also…

2. Run 5 miles without stopping.

Similarly to the first, I need a time and a distance goal.  I have not run 5 miles without stopping since about 2011, so it’s time to focus on that one!

3.Write in my girls’ journals monthly.

A sweet pastor’s wife friend of mine who recently passed away, Jane Grenell, told me that one thing she does is journal letters to her kids as they grow up, documenting the funny things they say, the momentous occasions, their current favorites and friends, and so on.  Now, in hindsight, as she passed away so early, I bet those journals are priceless to her three kids.  I want to continue to do this for my girls.

4. Get a new job.

I recently moved, and am now an hour away from my current job.  So I cannot sustain that kind of commute and will be looking for a job closer to home, hopefully as a classroom teacher in my current school district.  As you would imagine, this one resolution is really like seven resolutions in one. I need to write an updated resume, tell my boss I’m leaving, submit applications, go to interviews, and be hired by a district, pack up my classroom home, get trained in a new district, and begin teaching, hopefully in Delano or nearby.  Much of this is out of my control, but I am trusting the Lord to lead me to the right job, while I take care of all the details I can on my end.

5. Read the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.

Bible reading is so much a part of my life that I don’t feel like I need a resolution anymore. That is one beauty of resolutions, actually.  It was my resolutions for so many years that it has become a life-long habit, and the most powerful one I could have ever hoped to attain.  The Bible is powerful.  Seriously.

6. Read 50 books (or audiobooks), 25 fiction an 25 non-fiction

I have some friends who question the validity of listening to books (“That’s not really reading!”) but to me, it is just as much of an undertaking.  Given my long commutes (see #5) I listen to a LOT of books.  It’s mid-January and I’m working on my 5th already.  But this year, my goal is to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, so as to expose myself to new genres and authors.  We shall see how it goes!

So far,

-Bonhoeffer, biography

-The Storyteller, fiction

-Power of Habit, self-help

-Rouge Lawyer, fiction

-Multiply, church/religious


7. Blog/post something meaningful every month.

Hense, this post!  I will try to keep up the blogging, just for the sake of writing my thoughts and improving my writing skills.

8. Start a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group and grow it to 20 women consistently.

This is exciting and has been a dream of mine since I moved last year.  Mops is an amazing organization and I can’t wait to get going with it.  So far, a friend and I have met to brainstorm and we have submitted the paperwork necessary.  More to come on this one!

9. Build my Teachers Pay Teachers store to 150 products for sale.

This has been a fun hobby on the side of teaching, and it has become more profitable as time goes on.  My goal this year is not profit-related, or sales-related.  I want to focus on being creative, and making products that are useful to me and my team, and that I think other teachers around the world could find useful.  That’s the fun part of TPT for me.  The side business is just a fun bonus!  Check out my page here!  Currently, I’m at 98 items, so I have some work to do!

10.  Memorize one scripture per month and journal/blog about it.

As I mentioned earlier (see #5), I love the Bible and learning about God.  So I hope to focus on one scripture per month to really glean everything I can from it.  For January, I’m going to learn Philippians 4:8.


So that’s it. Ten goals, ten dreams.  I’ll let you know how it goes!




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