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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Remember that? It was 6 months ago. (Okay, actually this photo was from a few years ago...Shhh) And what did we do that first day of this new year? We came up with a list of resolutions that we promised ourselves would be accomplished this year. "No, really, I'm going to stick with it this time." We resolved (the root word of resolution) that we would make changes in our lives for the better. So I am going to test you and try to keep you accountable - how has your resolve been?
I am pleasantly surprised at how well I have done this year. With half a year down, I've accomplished half of my goals. To be honest, I forgot about the other two :/ I guess I am keeping myself accountable here, too. I know being half done doesn't seem like much, but now I can start to concentrate on the other two.
Goal one: Run a 5K. Accomplished.
In fact, I've run in 3 so far and have a 4th planned for July.
February: 5K and Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in Virginia Beach.
April: 3.2 for 32 Run in Remembrance at Virginia Tech. I was luckily 2 miles away in my apartment when the shootings happened, but boy was my life changed that awful day 5 years ago.
May: FCMS Half-Day 5K! Our last day of school was May 24th, and it was a half day. They planned on showing a movie in the morning so teachers could get things done, but I wanted an option for students to get outside. I decided to start the first annual Half-Day 5K at FCMS and had 35 8th grade students come out and participate. Most of them walked. I was okay with that because this was the first time we've done this. Next year it will be advertised as a race, there will be prizes and official time keepers. It will also be a fundraiser.
July: I am all set to run in The Color Run in Philadelphia! So excited for this one!
Goal two: Increase my cake skills. Accomplished.
I say accomplished because my cake skills have definitely improved. However, this is a constant and ongoing process.
First, cakes I did for school: a double 50th birthday cake and a cake for our 8th grade semi-formal dance.
Then cakes for my various Wilton's cake classes, posts of which can be found under the Cake Page tab.
Goal three: Plan first, Grade second. In-progress.
I have definitely been working on this one. The end of the year went a lot smoother than last year. There is still work to be done but I feel confidant in my progress towards this goal. I did a lot more planning first this year; putting lesson plans ahead of most other things. It's all on the journey of becoming a better teacher. Given that it's only my second year, I'd say I'm doing pretty well.
Goal four: finish reading "Is God a Mathematician?" Requires Improvement.
I have not touched this. I've been side-tracked by Hunger Games, Eat, Pray, Love, and some other books throughout the year. I will give in another go this summer. First, however, I have a lot of reading to do for a summer program in New York the last week of June. It's okay, I might not finish IGAM but I know I will get farther in it than I am now. It's interesting, it's just hard to get through.
How are you doing on your goals??