New Year’s Resolutions Check-In {The Sunday Sessions: 8.12.18 Edition}

Sunday is traditionally a day in which we slow down, take time for reflection, and recharge. Every Sunday, I will share a poem or excerpt that will make us think, wonder, or even laugh as we prepare ourselves for the upcoming week.


New Year's Resolutions Check-In personal word for the year


On the very first post of my newly launched Instagram account (follow me here), I wrote about choosing the word risk to guide my choices in 2018. I linked to the original post (you can see it here) describing the process I used to choose that word and the goals I created for myself that would require me to take risks.

Today I thought it would be a good idea to follow up on my goals since the year is more than halfway over. (Wait – how did that happen?) Let’s see how I’m doing, shall we?


Career personal word

I will use new teaching strategies that are not in the curriculum. These will undoubtedly fail the first time I do them and I will learn from those experiences.

Verdict: No progress made. Honestly, last school year was not my best teaching year. It was just plain hard mentally and emotionally for me to invest heavily into my classroom for a variety of reasons. I am starting a new school year at a different school in a whole new position that I think is going to require me to use teaching strategies that are not in the curriculum, so hopefully I we able to check this goal off at the end of the year.


Friends personal word

I will try new activities and meet new people to expand my social circle. I will meet people who won’t want to be my friend, but I will also meet people who will want to be my friend.

Verdict: Minimal progress made. I joined a writing club, but then stopped going because I had National Boards to bang out. I never started going again after I turned in my Boards, and I don’t have a really good reason for that other than being on vacation for three of the meetings this summer.

I met one new friend for coffee.

I took my daughter to baby swim lessons, and none of the parents talked to one another. It was weird and awkward and oh so Pacific Northwest.

I joined a blogging Facebook group and have been interacting with these new friends in our group and on Instagram. One of these friends is the one I met for coffee, but otherwise all interactions have been online.  Does that really count as meeting people? I think I’m not millennial enough for it to count. I am an elder millennial after all.

This goal still needs work.


Health personal word

I will do new exercise routines and try new healthy recipes that take me out of my comfort zone. I might not like all of them, but I will like some and will be working toward the healthy lifestyle I have already begun.

Verdict: Cha-ching! I am making good progress on this one. I’ve cut out all foods with high fructose corn syrup in our house, have been limiting sweets in general, eating more vegetarian dishes, and started moving every day (this may be a walk, a yoga session, or a seriously sweaty session at the gym). 


Personal Style personal word

I will try on clothes in styles I have never considered before. I will look ridiculous in some clothes, but I might find a few gems I would have missed.

Verdict: No progress made. When do I have time to shop? I basically wear the same 5 shirts and 2 pairs of pants over and over again. It’s hard to shop in person while simultaneously wrangling a toddler (she is seriously a shopping buzzkill), and I find online shopping overwhelming.

In fact, I find all shopping overwhelming. I used to love to shop. Now I feel paralyzed by the amount of options available. I’ve tried Stitch Fix, and my first fix was great, but the ones that followed didn’t seem like they had actually been personalized by a stylist like the first one clearly was.

Let’s go back to the 1800s when women had their one everyday dress and their one Sunday best dress. Keep it simple. Sigh. I still need to work on finding a personal style other than “It was on sale at Old Navy/Target.”


Personal Growth personal word

I will learn to meditate. I will struggle at first and will want to quit, but I will eventually find fulfillment from my sessions.

Verdict: No progress made. I haven’t even tried. I forgot I even had this as a goal. Everyone who meditates says it’s amazing. Now I just need to do it (but when?!).


Personal Interests personal word

I will start a blog and publish my thoughts. Some people won’t like what I have to say. Other people will. It doesn’t matter, because I am practicing my writing.

Verdict: Progress made. I started a blog and have been somewhat consistent in posting. I even started an Instagram. Follow me! My username is @edit34blog


Well, two out of six ain’t bad, right? Right? I’m thinking I may have been a little overzealous in my goal making at the beginning of the year and should keep my focus on the two I’ve already made progress on since they are the ones that are the most important to me at the moment. If there’s one that I can easily add into the mix it would be the personal style, mostly because it’s a fun goal. Plus, fall is just around the corner and I’m feeling the itch to try on cozy sweaters and boots!


Question of the Week

Did you choose a personal word for 2018 or make any New Year’s resolutions? How are you progressing toward your goals? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments here on the blog, on Facebook, or on Instagram!

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