- Read more books. There will a number or reading challenge attached to this goal, but I haven't decided what it is yet. Without a classroom of my own, I haven't read as much middle-grade or young adult fiction. I want to do more of this.
- Post something "meatier" on the blog at least once a week. I am discovering that I haven't completely left behind my inner first-grade writer, and I often default to writing lists. I would like to write some book reviews, classroom ideas, reflections, etc. for the blog. #nerdlution has helped me to make blogging a habit, so this is the next step going forward.
- Run 814 miles. I had hoped to run 1,000 miles in 2013, but injuries prevented that. Realistically, I probably won't be able to run 1,000 in 2014 either. (Here's looking at you, 2015!) I ran 768.97 miles in 2013, so my goal is basically to top that.
The official tally from my Nike+ app
- Develop some type of strength training routine. I need to step out of my exercise comfort zone (read as: running/walking). I'm hoping to try some different programs and find something that works.
As I have watched Twitter over the last few days, I have been following the one-word tweets that seem to be popping up everywhere. As I read each one, I kept thinking, "well, I need that one, too!" I think I have finally settled on a word that seems to fit. Strong. 2013 was filled with many blessings, but it was also a year filled with personal sadness and challenges. Going into 2014, I know there are going to be forces and pressures, many outside of my control, in the year ahead. I want to be strong and handle challenges with grace. Physically, I want to rebuild what I lost last year and recommit to healthy habits, such as taking a multivitamin everyday, that make me strong. Professionally, I want to make stronger connections, both with colleagues locally and in my PLN. Blogging and doing more than lurking on Twitter/other people's blogs is part of this.
Happy New Year!