Last year on January 1, 2018, I sat with my boyfriend and created a list of 5 personal goals for the new year. I remember the exact feelings of motivation and excitement I felt visualizing and imagining all that I would accomplish in 12 months. On that day, 1/1/18, I experienced the goal creating process with deep thought and much consideration to develop five goals. Let’s see how those went!
Goal #1: Be active on social media to improve my business following
- Post on my teacher-gram at least 5x a week.
- Utilize Facebook
- Learn how to use Pinterest and create pins
Ok, reflection time! I did create a Facebook for my business, but I didn’t learn how to use Pinterest nor create pins. However with that set aside, I want to focus on the part of my goal incorporating instagram. My first intention of accomplishing this goal was to post on my teacher-gram at least 5x a week. Well, that definitely didn’t happen, but what was I thinking?? I have a love-hate relationship with instagram. I love Instagram because it has some really amazing benefits. I get to express myself and share what I do in my classroom, as well as connect and communicate with my “virtual colleagues.” I receive a lot of great ideas and have developed collegial relationships with other educators from around the country AND world. However, I hate instagram because many times I feel pressure to keep up with posting. I felt the pressure on January 1, 2018 because I created a goal to post at least 5x a week!!! In reality, Instagram means so little. I get caught up in feeling the need to keep up with my social media, but social media isn’t real life!!! The reality is that sometimes I completely forget to snap pictures of what I do in my classroom, and many times I truly don’t feel like creating an image of something or quote to post. The moral of this rant is, I didn’t post as much as I had planned to, but that’s ok. The time I didn’t spend posting on my instagram was spent by actually living with my eyes off of a my cellphone screen and I’d prefer that ANY day.
Goal #2: Start blogging
- Write blog posts for new products I post.
As you can see, I’ve succeeded in this goal. I started the year 2018 by creating my own blog. Me, someone who doesn’t consider herself to be tech savvy, created and designed her own WordPress blog. Guys…it was difficult and I had many moments of pure frustration! However, I did it and imagined myself becoming a really successful blogger. Even with those fantasies, I didn’t take myself seriously with the blog I’d created because I knew it wasn’t professional. It was as good as it’d get considering my ability to google many “how to’s…” but I wasn’t satisfied with that. Therefore, over the summer I decided to get my blog professionally revamped, which is what I have now and love!!! When I created this goal, I originally wanted to create a blog to discuss and market my TpT resources. However, I’ve discovered that I want it for so much more. I want to make it more personal and connect with those that take time to read it. Hence, what I’m doing here. I hope you all are enjoying it!
Goal #3: Read books for fun!!
- Read a mixture of English and Spanish
Reading hasn’t always been something I’ve enjoyed. However, this year has been a turning point for me in the reading world. I’ve started to find relaxation through reading, something that I NEVER thought would happen. The reason why I included to read “for fun” in this goal was because I had just finished grad school and had to read A LOT. However, my reading for grad school felt more like a chore and not something that I was enjoying. Nonetheless I am happy to say that this has changed! (Oh hey growth mindset!) One of my favorite books that I’ve read this year was Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a book to make you feel like a complete bad-ass (in a good way!!).
Goal #4: Learn how to cook!
- Take cooking lessons or read my cooking for dummies book
First off, yes, I do own a Cooking for Dummies book!! Second off, this goal was NOT achieved. (Womp womp) Although I did dabble in a little, and I mean a little, cooking this year (I made enchiladas whoop whoop!)…I can’t use that to justify achieving this goal. I actually never took a cooking lesson nor opened that book. However, this very well may be a goal I will focus on for 2019.
Goal #5: Go to therapy to improve my mental health
- Make a phone call!!!!!!
All I will say is, YES, this goal was achieved and I’ve spent 2018 consistently attending therapy…BUT I’ll save this for a whole other blog post so stay tuned!!!
All in all, 2018 was a GREAT year! I achieved 4 out of my 5 goals and am damn proud of that! I challenge you to make goals for yourself and push yourself to be the best you can be!
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2019! xoxo