Hello, my lovely friends! I can’t believe 2017 is already here.. Between school and travel, 2016 zipped by. There were also many rough things that happened over the last year, but they challenged me and helped me grow. Political issues made me want to rip my hair out, but they also helped me determine what my values are. My first semester of my senior year stressed me out so badly, but it helped prepare me to be a special needs teacher more than any previous semester. Let’s hope 2017 will be just as fulfilling!
For today’s post, I want to outline some of my New Years resolutions, as well as post my usual monthly goals. Let’s dive in!
New Year Resolutions
I will be heading to Iceland in just a few days, so I know I will be able to travel at least a little bit in 2017. However, I would also like to visit Nova Scotia, and Scotland. I know three international trips in one year will be pretty expensive, but my resolution is to do whatever I can to save up and go! I will be graduating in the spring, and will need to look for a teaching job; but, when I am hired, I will not begin teaching until the fall.I would still need to lesson plan and set up my classroom, but I would still have a few weeks of free time over the summer. The time between graduating and starting my career is the only time I will have absolutely no obligations, until I retire. So, I want to make the most of the time I have now!
Another resolution is to get through the rest of my schooling! In the Spring, I will be completing my senior internship at a local elementary school. I will lead the class, under the supervision of the classroom teacher. I will be there Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m… and also do lesson plan and grading while at home. Not only is this internship unpaid, but I also had to pay a huge chunk of change to enroll. It is going to be tough, but I will make it! I want to look past the obstacles, and glean knowledge about teaching from every day that I spend in the classroom.
Yesterday, the last day of 2016, I reached 600 WordPress followers! 600 wonderful bloggers are reading my blog.. which is so crazy to think about. I had about 30 followers in July, so this amount of growth was completely unexpected. I don’t even know why it happened; I don’t think I am particularly talented at blogging… but it is amazing being part of this WordPress community. My goal for 2017 is to make even more online connections with you all. I am not aiming for a number, because I don’t want to ever think of a reader as just a number. Instead, I want to dig deeper and form meaningful relationships with you guys – actual friendships. I hope we can make that happen. 🙂
In July 2016, I joined the GoodReads reading challenge, and made it a goal to read 100 books by the end of the year. I was only able to finish 78, but I want to try again this year! I think I will actually be able to meet my goal, because I am starting from the beginning of the year instead of halfway through. I will keep you guys posted as to how it is going! What are some book recommendations? I am always looking for new reading material. 🙂
Have an Unforgettable Experience in Iceland
Honestly, just showing up to Iceland would be an unforgettable experience. However, I want to go beyond that… Seek out lesser known sights, sample local cuisine (like that fermented sharks head I’ve been hearing about…), and connect with strangers. I also want to take LOADS of photos to share with you all!
Get Started on GoodReads Challenge
Books for this month:
- The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
- The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
I will probably read several books that are not on this list during January, but I would definitely like to tackle the ones listed above.
Makeup Review Posts
I have made several makeup purchases recently, and I want to get in the habit of reviewing new products that I try out. Too often, I try out products and don’t end up sharing my thoughts with you guys! I really do love makeup, and I have fun writing about it… I just want to make a point of remembering to do so.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my goals! What are your resolutions for 2017? I’d love to hear about them. 🙂