Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Resolutions for 2013

My necklace with my one little word for 2012 - BE


2013. I used to have resolutions every year – lose weight, work out every day, eat healthy, etc. Often those resolutions didn’t last even until my birthday (end of February). So last year I went with a reading resolution – read 300 books – and one little word as a resolution. Both resolutions were actually met.

My reading resolution was easier than I thought. When I made it, I was nervous. I had read 263 the year before and felt like I was reading an awful lot. This year as I finished my last book yesterday I looked at the number, 508. That’s awesome, but I realized something. That’s a really high number, for me. I have friends who read three times that this year. I have friends who read much less. All of them read a lot. We all chose to challenge ourselves in our own ways – and as adults we are allowed to do this. I like bringing that idea into the classroom as well. Let my students create their own challenges; this ensures they are more meaningful and more tailored to each person instead of a blanket goal for all.

As for my one little word, this is what I wrote last New Year’s Day about it:

Be
  • Be the best wife, mom, teacher, and friend I can
  • Be good to myself
  • Be a role model for others
  • Be a writer
  • Be a thinker
  • Be a reader
  • Be true to myself


I think I did pretty well on this goal with the exception to the second bullet – Be good to myself. I absolutely made more time for myself this year – and I’m good about doing things I want to do and not putting myself last, but I am my own worst critic. My inner voice is not kind to me and I struggle a lot with that.

SO…. Goals for this year? My reading goal will be 600 books, but with a caveat. I realized I haven’t read some of the “classics” or, if I have read them I don’t think I understood them. So some of those 600 will be devoted to discovering those. First up, Pride and Prejudice. I still will try and make my way through the Newbery books as well.

My one little word is:

Be
My focus is:
  • Be the best wife, mom, teacher, and friend I can
  • Be good to myself
  • Be a role model for others
  • Be a writer
  • Be a thinker
  • Be a reader
  • Be true to myself
  •  Be serene (Serenity prayer becoming a mantra) J


I wish you all the best year ever. I look forward to all of the blessings of a new year and am grateful for all I was given in 2012. It was amazing.

7 comments:

  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing. "Be" is a great mantra for 2013. Reminds me of SEE YOU AT HARRY'S :)

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  2. Great OLW Katherine - I always struggle to find THE "1" WORD to embody my direction for the year. (I do this with my students - a way to refocus our new school year's goals and they have no trouble.) Anyway, there is so much I want to accomplish and just have a hard time narrowing it down to just one (maybe FOCUS should be it?) I think yours is solid and incredibly all encompassing. Here's to you "be"ing in the all that you set out to be. Happy New Year. :)

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  3. Another great reminder thanks for sharing your thoughts. I LOVE your necklace what an amazing reminder when life gets a little crazy. Happy New Year!!

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  4. "BE" -- what a powerful word, covering so much ground. Be good to yourself - why is that such a difficult thing or us. I also struggle with negative self-talk at time. I need to be more willing to accept where I am in a variety of arenas without questioning why I'm not doing more. Your post was a wonderful reminder of this for me. Happy New Year!

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  5. Wonderful post Katherine. I love your OLW. I am excited to have posted my first ever reading resolutions today. Mine was gratitude. We are all so fortunate!

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  6. Happy New Year to you to Katherine! I'm delighted that we chose the same year to guide us through 2013. I love how you disable the idea of reading as competition with these lines: " I have friends who read three times that this year. I have friends who read much less. All of them read a lot. We all chose to challenge ourselves in our own ways – and as adults we are allowed to do this. "

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  7. Sometimes I think that final one is the best, Katherine. Serenity is not easily obtained, so I wish you well on them all, but especially good wishes for that one. If you obtain that, all else will fall into place. Happiest of new years to you & your family!

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