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Because my body & mind deserve it

I have decided to join Yoga with Adriene’s Dedicate 30-day journey to star 2019.

I have been slowing getting away from doing yoga and meditation in the past few months,  and yet I know that I need them in order to be and do my best in all facets of life.

This month is a good time to do it, because my current schedule and workload allow me to dedicate this time. That might change come February, and I want to “fill my cup” as much as I can before then.

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2019 Goals

If anything else, I still love to make and keep track of my yearly goals on this blog. It’s like a walk down memory lane to see what my goals have been in previous years, and to see how much I’ve accomplished.

Here are my goals for 2019:

Family

  • PATIENCE
  • Less screen time for everyone!
  • Help boys find and nurture their interests and passions

Hobbies

  • Learn how to knit Intarsia (colour work technique)
  • Make good progress on my cross stitch projects
  • My #makenine2019:2019MakeNine

Body & Mind

  • I’ve signed up for a women’s weights class
  • Buy (and use!) a new bike
  • Increase yoga and meditation practices again

Career

  • get my first permanent contract position

 

What are you goals?

2018 Goal Check

Here were my goals for 2018, and how I did:

Family:

  • Practice patience more with children and DH *practice is the key word here. It’s gett harder as the kids (or I?) get older.
  • Get back to regular date nights with DH *we’ve done a few

Hobbies:

  • Knitting
    • I have chosen 9 patterns for the #2018makenine goal meme I have seen on Instagram: *how I did with this and my new make9 for 2019Screen Shot 2018-01-06 at 8.15.14 PM
    • I want to learn: *I learned all of these!
      • the Magic Loop technique
      • how to to cables
      • how to do colourwork
  • Cross stitch: I’d like to finish my Nutcracker cross stitch (below) and find another to start (perhaps something like this or this).  *yup on both accounts!
  • Reading: I haven’t been doing this as much since I started watching knitting/cross-stitch podcasts. I want to start doing it more again this year! *on and off, and I’ve downloaded some audiobooks

Body & Mind:

  • I’ve registered in an adult jazz/ballet class! *the class was cancelled
  • I want to continue doing yoga and meditation regularly *still doing this!
  • Continue to find activities I enjoy and do them regularly *I started kayaking! Would like to get a new bike in 2019

Career:

  • I’d like to get back into doing longer-term assignments, rather than doing daily supply teaching. *did it!
  • I want to start implementing some of the strategies I’ve been learning about lately once I get my own classes (limiting homework, going gradeless, etc.) *doing it, and am always finding new things to try!
  • I want to continue to view certain personal characteristics (empathy, making connections with students) as my greatest strengths in the classroom. *yup! Though, I’m also finding my directness is paying off in a professional setting finally! Students respond positively to it!

Stay tuned for my 2019 goals!

2018 Goals

We spent the last week on a very wintery family vacation – snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing, swimming, bowling, eating, watching movies and hockey, knitting, reading, doing puzzles, and sleeping in. It was a perfect way to spend the second week of our time off from work and school.

I looked back on how I did with my goals for 2017, and of course have started thinking of goals for this year. These aren’t resolutions, because I think the whole “I’m going to change my life because the calendar flipped” thing is bunk. I more like to build on what I was able to accomplish in the last year, which might mean keep going with something, altering my goals, or scrapping them all together.

Here is what I hope to achieve this year:

Family:

  • Practice patience more with children and DH
  • Get back to regular date nights with DH

Hobbies:

Body & Mind:

  • I’ve registered in an adult jazz/ballet class!
  • I want to continue doing yoga and meditation regularly
  • Continue to find activities I enjoy and do them regularly

Career:

  • I’d like to get back into doing longer-term assignments, rather than doing daily supply teaching.
  • I want to start implementing some of the strategies I’ve been learning about lately once I get my own classes (limiting homework, going gradeless, etc.)
  • I want to continue to view certain personal characteristics (empathy, making connections with students) as my greatest strengths in the classroom.

2017 was a great year for me, and I intend for 2018 to continue in that way!

2017 Goals Recap

Hi everyone! Hope your holidays were (or still are) awesome! It’s been our first Christmas season with just the 4 of us, and it’s been lovely. Lots of movie-watching, board-game playing, and relaxing in general. Ahhh!

This is the time of year where I like to reflect on the goals I set back in January, see what I accomplished, and set new goals for the upcoming year.  So, let’s jump right in:

Here are my goals for 2017:
  • Continue to learn and practice mindfulness, including
    • daily meditation (I’ve been doing this most days!)
    • yoga 1-3 times per week (yes! I’ve been doing this!), and
    • regular self-reflection, at least once per week (I dropped the ball on this. I need to be more specific).
  • Continue to minimize clutter in our home (yes – we’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff, downsized some furniture, and created better organization. Always a work in progress, but much better than before.).
  • Choosing happiness
    • Read at least 1 chapter of a book a day (I did well on this until about October. I need to read more).
    • Complete at least 3 knitting projects (YES! Knitting has been my saviour again this year and I’ve completed 10 projects. My most recent is seen below. Now I’ve added cross-stitching too). 

    • Begin participating regularly in at least 1  additional physical activity (guys, I suck at this! It definitely goes in waves, but yoga has been a constant this year).
    • Have a date with DH once a month (we did better at the beginning of the year. Need to keep doing this!)
    • Write a minimum of 1 blog post per week (here or on my education blog) (Sigh..not so much. Again, it goes in waves, but mostly on my education blog).
    • Spend more time in nature (This probably wasn’t specific enough. I probably spent more time outside in the spring/summer, but not so much recently).
  • More direct interaction with real people (Yes! Teaching helps but I’ve also become more social and go out more with friends! It’s been a good year for that!).
  • Get more involved with local community (hmmm…not really).
  • Learn how to deal with difficult people (I think I’m getting better at not letting thing bother me as much, which is probably the hardest part of this!)
  • Give less fucks [mostly about my (perceived view of?) what others think about me] (See above…I don’t know what happened, but I’m giving less and less F&CKS to things that don’t matter). 
  • Get in the local school board (3rd time’s a charm?) (YESSS!!!!!!!!)

It has been a really great year, actually! Nothing too horrible happened, and I feel I really made progress in a lot of aspects of my life! I think the biggest two things that have helped are getting into the local school board (less driving, where I want to teach, etc.) and having a more rounded social life. I have the awesome local knitting community to thank for the latter, especially after I started my podcast. I feel like I’ve found my tribe 😀

Stay tuned for my 2018 goals!

I’m in! (3rd Time’s a Charm)

I’ve been trying to get into the local school board since graduating with my BEd. in 2015 with no luck.

The first time I applied, I didn’t hear anything.

The second time, I was granted an interview, but did not get hired.

This year, I was granted an interview, I ROCKED it, and was offered a position! YAY!

This will make things much easier for me because 1) the schools are closer to me, so less driving and 2) I know many teachers in this school board, so getting work should be a bit easier.

I’m going to stay on with both school boards, because I plan to continue to do the occasional teacher thing for at least the first semester of this school year. That will give me some time to get acquainted more with the local school board. I hope it will also allow me to get more consistent work.

I most likely won’t be posting much about work at all on this blog, except for general things like this post. If you’re interested in reading more about my teaching experiences, please join me on my other blog called Joyous Understanding  or follow my teaching Twitter account (@MsAGilbert).

It’s such a relief to be work in our home town again!

Knitting Bucket List

Though I’ve been knitting for 10 years now, I’ve gotten seriously obsessed with it these past few months. It’s what I love to do with my spare time. And not just the act of knitting, but looking at yarn, researching patterns, watching knitting podcasts, planning gifts, and thinking about how I can take my hobby to another level.

Besides simple hats for the kids and scarf for DH, I don’t really give away hand-made knits as gifts because I never thought I was good enough. But that’s changed this year. I plan on making something for my mother-in-law, a much nicer scarf for DH, and socks for the boys.

Some other things on my knitting bucket list are:

  • Learning new techniques like
    • Cables (I’ve heard these aren’t so hard, but I still haven’t done them)
    • Fair Isle colour-work
    • Knitting styles (continental, flicking, etc)
  • Projects
    • Adult sweater
    • fingered/less gloves/mittens
  • Dying yarn
  • Spinning yarn
  • Creating a pattern
  • Sewing project bags (not knitting, but FOR knitting)
  • Attending a knitting retreat

I’m sure this list will grow the more I learn about knitting!

What are you obsessed with lately? What do you spend your free-time doing?

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