January 1, 2014

New Goals for a New Year

I don't remember physically writing down any goals or resolutions last January, but as I reflect back I do have some accomplishments that I'm pretty proud of. Here are a few of my major moments in 2013.

  • attended a professional state conference for teaching
  • budgeted and saved enough money to book my first trip to Europe! eek!
  • accepted a full-time job teaching 1st grade
  • ran my 1st half marathon
  • bought a car

As we all know, the start of a new year is a great time to reflect and set new goals. I've already been thinking about some ideas I have for 2014 and what better way to hold myself accountable than to document them on the world wide web. 

This year I would like to accomplish these goals:
  • research, be well prepared, and have the trip of a lifetime in Europe--I've already downloaded Rick Steve's Europe Through the Back Door to my ipad and spend my free hours scouring the internet for all of the best travel tips.
  • Project 52--1 photo a week under the very vague overhead theme of "life"--I've seen similar photo projects and now that I've had my EOS M Canon for about 7 months, I'd really like to improve my photography skills in capturing that perfect snapshot.
  • take a class to improve or learn a new skill--photography, writing, pottery, ice skating, hip-hop??--this is a goal I'm really looking forward to but one that sort of puts me out of my comfort zone. I don't generally put myself into situations where there is a chance I may not be good or successful. I tend to sit back and not take any risks in trying new things for fear of failure. That's silly, but it's true. I've certainly gotten better at overcoming this fear but I hope to put myself out there a bit and learn a few new things this year.
  • complete Shaun T's T-25 program--I've already purchased this program with the intent to start working out before school once we go back next week. All of the workouts are only 25 minutes and since I can do them from the comfort of my own home, I won't have to get up with the birds to workout and make it to school on time. I absolutely love Insanity so I can't wait to give T-25 a try.
  • run 2 half marathons and at least 5 5k's--I had so much fun completing my first half last year and I would love to work on improving my pace and setting a finishing time goal.
  • manage time better and work less--that sounds weird but I don't mean less effort. I very rarely now leave school before 5:30 or 6. And I may not be even fully able to put this goal into practice until next school year. Working late cuts into time I spend with Corey, workouts, getting a full nights sleep, and it causes me a lot of stress and anxiety. I need to realize to let things go, manage my time, and give myself a cut-off for school work. Right now it is consuming my life and as much as I love my job I do need to cut-back on my hours spent at school.
  • be a better blogger--if I can manage my time better, this goal may be easier than in the past. I'd love to be able to post regularly even if it's only 1 or 2 posts a week. I don't want to have any month long blogging dry spells.

This feels like a good start. I'm someone who likes to be working toward something so I'm sure as the year progresses there will be things I want to change or add to this list. Happy New Year! I hope you've taken the time to reflect on 2013 and that your 2014 is starting off on the right foot.

What's a New Year's goal you set for yourself?


  1. Amanda, I pray that you will have an amazing 2014! You are a great teacher; it will get easier! Just remember that time spent on improving yourself isn't selfish; it helps you to be better at everything you set out to do. Blessings to you in the new year!

  2. Amanda @ A Latte LearnJanuary 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Thank you, Kim! Advice I will certainly take to heart. I hope you and your family had a happy new year!



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