Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 Goals



(This is part of a longer post I did at A Year of Reading today. In this post, I left out my reading and professional goals and really focused on those that connected to fitness, health, etc.)



Well, 2013 was not a great year in terms of meeting any of my goals. A ridiculous concussion with a unique healing-turned-into-migraine cycle, followed by drugs that didn't really help, made for a pretty blah year in terms of getting things done. It was a real bummer as I spent 2012 working hard to get in shape (Couch to 5K and Yoga) and read lots.  So, now, at the end of 2013, I am kind of back to where I was a few years ago. But when I look back, I learned lots.  I am not good at slowing down and the Concussion Year forced me to do that (since I had nothing else to do).

I realized that the goals aren't really so important.  Having a time in my life that I couldn't read, work or exercise was fascinating.  I really had nothing to do as I don't have many hobbies not related to reading, work on computers.  So, it forced me to take a break and to think about what I love and how I want to spend my time.  During my first week of the concussion rest, I told a friend that I thought God was telling me I needed to rest.  She said, "He has been trying to tell you that for a while. You just weren't listening."  Good friends say what you need to hear, I guess.

Anyway, going into 2013, I am just celebrating the fact that I can read again. And I can exercise again. And I can work a lot again. And I can write again. I do love work.  But I did learn that I also love rest. And I learned that I haven't been taking care of my own learning.  And I learned that I got so busy that I didn't even realize it.  And I realized that once I had to quit on all of the ongoing projects I was involved in, it was okay.


Fitness
Our #runteacherrun Facebook Group has grown to over 200 members! I haven't been very active on it this year as I've lost so much running time.  And I was never great at running anyway. But I do want to get back to it.  The Facebook Group started a challenge and I think I'll join.  With some modifications.  Here is the official challenge:

2014 Run Teacher Run Challenge- join me?
*Run or work out at least 14 times a month in 2014.
*Post at least 14 times on run teacher run.
*Run at least 4 "real" or virtual races in 2014. (Or create your own with friends!)
*Run at least 400 miles in 2014. (Or create your own workout equivalent to miles.)
*Encourage 4 teacher friends to run/workout and join us here in this group!

I'll modify in a few ways.  I definitely want to work out at least 14 times a month in 2014 and I want to post at least 14 times on the Run Teacher Run page. I'll also encourage others to join the group.  In terms of races, I am going to try for 1 race or virtual race. I am not a big fan of races so one seems like plenty to me.  And I am not going to set a mile goal. I am a very slow runner (15 minute miles--slower than walking). I think my goal will to be to keep track of my mileage in 2014. That's all. Just to begin that habit.

I also started a membership to My Yoga Online. I love going to the yoga studio and we are lucky to have a few great ones and lots of great teachers here. But, some days, I just don't have the time for the driving, set up and 1 hour class. My Yoga Online has all different classes that I can do at home with my membership. If I add this as an option, I should be able to fit in 3 yoga classes a week.

Word for 2014

So, I have always been fascinated by people who have a word for the year.  I haven't really had one of those as I could never think of the write one.  But I think I have one for 2014.  I was looking for one and have been pondering my need to "get things done", plan ahead, etc.  I never seem to just enjoy what I am doing as I am always worried about or thinking about what's next or what I don't have done or how behind I am.

Nerdlution has been good for me. Even though I have been on a 10 day nerdlution-vacation.  It helped me see that I do need breaks and balance.  And that I have to be careful not to think too far head.  Mary Lee posted this link to the #nerdlution Twitter group this week and it said a lot to me.  So my word for 2014 is going to be TODAY.  I am going to try really really really hard to not stress about all that is coming my way and enjoy each day whether it is a day full of work, rest, friends, exercise, whatever.  I love my days but so often I get caught up on what's next or what I didn't get done, that I don't enjoy the day or what I am currently doing as much as I should.  Each day is different and TODAY seems like a good word for me for 2014.



Birthday
And I will turn 50 in 2014.  I have been telling everyone and saying I'm 50 for a while as so not to be too shocked when it actually happens.  (See why TODAY is such a good word for me!)  In 2012, when I started C25K, I figured I'd be in great shape by the time I turned 50. I had plenty of time, right? Well, it didn't turn out that way, but it is what it is. I'll just keep working toward that goal.


6 comments:

  1. I think your word is brilliant. Great goals to strive for but even better that you are going to work hard to focus on balance!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love this word. :) And I appreciate you sharing your insight with us. Thank you, Franki. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love your word...today....BRILLIANT!! And you can consider me one of the teachers you encouraged to join the #runteacherrun group! This is exactly what I need!! LOTS of encouragement. I've run before and haven't been running for a while. I need to do it. I enjoy it when I do it! Thank you for being an inspiration! I feel like I've gotten to know you better through #nerdlution. I'm grateful for that! Happy New Year!

    ReplyDelete
  4. 2014 is going to be a great year! Thanks for all your inspiration in so many aspects of my life, Franki!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Franki,

    I feel like 2014 is going to be a great year for you, and TODAY is a good word for someone who tends to worry about the future or plan ahead a lot. TOMORROW might be a good word for me since I'm the procrastination queen. LOL.

    Here's to you and your goals for 2014!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hello my name is John a student at Susquehanna University. I am currently taking a class called Tech in Ed. The idea of the class is to incorporate technology tools in the classrooms. For our assignment we were asked to find someone who worked in the education field. I felt that you would be an excellent candidate. If you have a moment to answer these questions that would be extremely appreciated. my Email is howlandj@susqu.edu
    1. Do you us technology in your classroom, if so how often do you use it and for what subject(s)?

    1. Do you us technology in your classroom, if so how often do you use it and for what subject(s)?

    2. Have you noticed a major change in your school on how technology is viewed in the classroom?

    3. For new teachers starting out today are their any tech tools you would suggest?

    4. Are their any tech tools you use or would suggest for using for assessments?

    ReplyDelete