Sunday, January 24, 2016

One Little Word 2016

Admittedly I struggled with my "one little word" for this year.  I'm at a really pivotal point in a great deal of things going on in my life right now but I wanted it to be a word of true meaning and significance for me...a word that represents the excitement, fear, elation, frustration, and confidence that this year is for me.

At first I thought ringmaster seemed like a good enough word.  I was certainly juggling the many responsibilities I have while learning to find the most important balance...a balance to take care of myself.  I was becoming a ringmaster of my own life again.  (And I don't mean that in a spiritual sense because God guides my daily path.  I just mean that I was taking control back of the things that have spiraled beyond my control...mostly because of my desire to make others around me happy and to be a person who can't say "no.")  But I digress...

That still just didn't have the right nuance to it.  This year is about more than that for me.  In just under three months I turn 30!  I'm losing weight and becoming a new woman.  I'm re-prioritizing my own value in my life because I know my worth in God.  I am doing things for myself that I've put off for too long...exercise, National Boards, sleep, time with friends, maybe even dating again should the right guy present himself in my life.

I went to an awesome conference yesterday, and that's when it really solidified for me.  I had read this somewhere earlier in the week, and I wish I could give the proper person, article, site credit, but I truly cannot remember where I first encountered the concept behind this one little word.  But it's simultaneously about success and encompasses this dichotomy of emotions I'm feeling and, perhaps most importantly, the attitude that I want to pass on to my students as well.


A small word.

A function word.

It delivers no content.  No significant meaning, yet it changes the entire meaning of the sentence.

And that's my word.

You see, I have so many things that I want to do and am doing and will do that I'm not quite where I want to be...YET.  And that's okay.   I'm a thousand percent okay with that because I'm excited about this journey.

I'm not faithful, fervent, and consistent in my daily prayer and Bible study...YET.
I'm not married to a godly man who loves me the way Christ loves the church...YET.
I'm not a mother of beautiful adopted children who I have already given my heart to...YET.
I am not strong in my arms, abs, or back...YET.  
I haven't achieved my goal weight or dress size...YET.
I'm not an accomplished teacher...YET.
I'm not debt-free...YET.
I'm not the woman, the beast, the boss that I want and was born to be...YET.

But I'm getting there.   Day by day.  Step by step.  Poco a poco.  But it's getting closer.   I'm just not there...YET.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

#2getherwearebetter: 2016 Plans & Goals


Call me an overachiever.  Or just a lover of alliteration.  But I think my #16for16 is off to a great start.  I wanted to have something catchy for this big upcoming year, especially since last year's #focusedin15 worked so well for me.  When I met with a few of my best girlfriends on New Year's Eve to map out our plans and intentions for the coming year, I broke each of my big areas into three sub-goals.  I added one little overall goal to the bottom...and BAM!  There was my #16for16.

Everything is kind of self-explanatory in the bullets, but a few things may not be.  For example, PTP (Polishing the Pulpit) is a spiritual retreat week that my congregation hosts for churches of Christ from all around.  It originally started as an opportunity for preachers to connect, but then it grew into an amazing get-together of Christians from all around.  I'm hopeful that by going I will grow spiritually and that I might even meet my future husband there!  Surely there will be new people to meet there.  I know it will be a great investment of my time.

The "NB" that I talk about in my professional goals is my National Board Certification journey.  I've mentioned before that I'm working on that, and this year, I'm trying to tackle the first three components.  Now that the submission time is getting closer, it's gotta be nose to the grindstone time for me.

One thing I feel exceptionally proud of and feel like I'm taking advantage of is my physical goals.  I would probably already be overwhelmed by now if I were starting all these challenges in this first month of the new year.  However, I began this past November with my workouts, and I've had really exciting results.  I am already down 20 pounds and two dress sizes.  I still have a way to go, but I'm proud of myself for making exercise and healthier eating a lifestyle change for myself.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Currently: January 2016

So I've been MIA for the last part of 2015...I have been doing some serious work on myself, and it feels great.  But of course that comes at the sacrifice of time or hobbies elsewhere, and unfortunately, I often let blogging go to re-prioritize other things.  Now I'm back...with some exciting things to look forward to in this new year.  Here's a peek at what I'm currently up to!

Listening: As usual, if there's a Twilight marathon on, it's on in my house.  Just can't help myself.

Loving: My new work out clothes!  Since the beginning of November, I'm down 20 pounds and two dress sizes!  I invested in some new cropped compression pants and a couple of racer back tanks.  Now I feel like I'm really killin' it when I'm getting my work out on!

Thinking: I have a giant "to do" list for this weekend.  Considering it's already Saturday night, it's probably best that I start knocking some stuff off the list.  Even though I didn't get much done from the list today, I still got a lot done.   (A 10K walk with a friend, reviewing my video and writing for National Boards, a quick nap, breakfast for dinner, and now blogging!)

Wanting: Now that I feel like I've got one video under my belt, I want to make sure the other video goes smoothly too.  And all that writing...I'm definitely in my feels about it.  I need to start dedicating more and more time to writing, and that's definitely going to mean some QT at the local Starbucks, I'm afraid.

Needing: I started a new 2016 cleaning schedule last week.  Monday and Tuesday were really strong, but I slacked starting Wednesday and coasted steadily downhill the rest of the week.  But I'm 6/7 days for actually making my bed this week, so I think that's admirable.

One Little Word: I've thought A LOT about what I want my OLW to be this year, and I've had trouble deciding.  But I think I've landed on RINGMASTER.  The last few years of my life were this whirlwind that I felt like I couldn't control and now I feel like I'm really finally putting the pieces back together.  I know that doesn't mean that bad things still won't happen, because that's life, but I feel like I'm taking back power over the things I CAN control.  Thus, I'm the ringmaster to this crazy three-ring circus of a life!  ;)

Hop back over to Farley's original post to see what my other teacher-blogger friends are up to in the new year.