Happy (almost) New Year! It's unbelievable to me that 2010 will be over in a few short hours. What a year 2010 was. It definitely had it's ups and downs for me but for what it's worth, I am coming out of 2010 in a much better place (both mentally and emotionally) than I came into it. For that, I truly have to be grateful.
I spent part of my NYE lunching with a former colleague. The crap at Former School got to her so badly that after she had her adorable son last December, she only lasted 2 days back after her maternity leave. She had a class as comparably horrid as mine was and she readily admitted that her heart wasn't in it. I am the only person from Former School that she still talks to at all. She told me today that she doesn't miss anyone else from there but often wonders how I am doing and is happy to hear that I love teaching again. I took The Littles with me and they got a kick out of playing with her son. It was so much fun.
I also ran around doing some shopping. Even though The Littles were with me, they were awesome at being patient on my quest to find a couple things I really wanted/needed. I am huge into organizing my life for 2011. I am organized as it is, but for some reason, writing things down in a planner, making notes about my day, my spending and my moods just helps me better reflect. I feel this is especially true since my depression resurfaced and brought it's friend anxiety along to play too. I bought myself a pocket-sized DayTimer but it's so little that all I'm really going to be able to do is jot appointments inside. That isn't enough. I needed more.
I was very lucky to find a cheapy little notebook at Target for $3 that has a strap to keep it shut and has cute little hearts on the cover. It's lined but undated or anything (it's just a journal) so I bought that and decided to self-make a planner for myself. Many, many friends have recommended Staedtler Triplus Fineliner markers to me for journaling so we also headed to Michael's to find some. I had a 50% off coupon and got a 10 pack for under $7. Still a lot for markers but considering they a) don't bleed through b) are guaranteed not to dry out, even if they are left open for up to like 5 days and c) are known to last over 18 months with daily, frequennt use...I think I got a good deal on them. I've spent a bit of time this afternoon and into the evening putting together the first pages in my new planner. (Yep, I'm a nerd like that and nope, I really don't have anything better to do on NYE!)
I decided that this year I am not going to make resolutions because 99% of the time, we all make them and forget them by the end of January when life gets busy and whatnot. Instead, I am going to make small, monthly goals and do a Bucket List for 2011. Just some things I would like to accomplish during the year. I will probably start with a few things and then add to my list over the year. I'm excited about that.
My goals for January are simply to get myself back on track with being healthier. Ever since I started teaching, I have seriously allowed my weight and eating habits to get ridiculous. So I want to try to get back into exercising at least 3 days a week, drinking at least 32 oz of water a day (since I barely drink any at all, starting with half the recommended will be a huge start) and hopefully losing 3-5 lbs this month.
I'm ready for you 2011.
The question is, are you ready for me??