We ALL want to be more organized. I’m the queen of “to-do” lists. As much as I am into my technology, being a perfectionist and a little OCD, I like to write out my “to-do” lists and cross things off so I feel productive. Although, I tend to get carried away and end up with about 20 post-its with “to-do” written all over them by the end of each week. I thought about purchasing an Erin Condren planner… We’ll see!
Good-bye 2014! While 2014 was a fantastic year professionally– I can’t wait to see what 2015 has to offer. Surely, it has to be better, right? Well, it wouldn’t be a New Year without some resolutions. So listed below, I have both my career and personal resolutions. I’m hoping by posting them for the world to see, will help me stay more accountable. Because, hey, let’s be realistic– after a few weeks we tend to stray from the goals we set for ourselves on this first day of the New Year. I did see an interesting article posted about setting goals/resolutions. You can check it out here. Michael Hyatt makes some pretty poignant points.
I love the field of speech-language pathology and couldn’t be happier that I chose it for my career. When I first started, I thought I would just work. Turns out, that’s not the case! I’ve started to become more involved in my state association (with plans to continue). The end of 2013 and throughout 2014 I started to be in contact with ASHA more. In 2015, I want to really make my mark! I want to be involved. I started with something small. I volunteered for a project that will be completed next week. It feels good to start the year off with a little tally mark next to this resolution. By no means though, is this one checked off!
I have attended so many conferences. I often sat in sessions relating to school-based therapy thinking, “I could do this.” Well, in 2014 I did it. I presented on a webinar, at my state conference, with ASHA Staff, and at the ASHA annual convention. One would think, haven’t you done enough? NOOOO! This just planted the bug that I wanted to do more! I have a few PD sessions scheduled for the first half of the year. I’m hoping to have more opportunities to present outside of the state of Florida. My primary focus is on curriculum-based therapy, literacy, state standards, and inclusive practices. (Hint: Keep that in mind!)
Of course as a SLP Blogger, it would not be possible to have resolutions without one vowing to be more consistent with blogging! When I first started I thought I would write a blog post weekly. Well, truthfully it is time consuming and life gets in the way! But, I am hoping in 2015 to become more consistent, but I’m not promising to write weekly posts! However, be on the look out for my new series “A day in the life of..” from myself and various guest SLP bloggers. The first will be Monday January 5th! I would love to develop more products in my TpT store. I ended 2014 with 20 products in my store. My hope is to at least create 30 more, considering I developed 20 products in only 5 months of having my store open. My part 3 of this resolution is to continue growing my social network; this includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TpT followers. I put a note in my phone last night with my stats for each of those social media platforms, so in a year from now I can see the growth and have quantitative data.
Now for the personal goals!
I’m happily married and people all around me tell me that the weight I have gained is due to this fact. Um… well, that may be…but, it’s time do something about it. I kid myself by saying get more fit. The truth of the matter is I want to lose 30lbs. So… I asked for a Fitbit for Christmas and started using it on Christmas Day. Good news is, I have lost 3 lbs in one week from tracking everything on my Fitbit and hitting the gym. I figured if I started the gym before the New Year it wouldn’t be a resolution, rather it would have become a habit before winter break is over! Stay tuned…
My final resolution is to do more for ME. Naturally, as SLPs I think we often do for others more than we do for ourselves. This past year I had the same resolution. I think I did a good job of doing a few things for myself like getting a mani/pedi every 2 weeks (I schedule it, so I will really do it), getting my hair cut every 7 weeks, and getting a facial every 6 months. I’m hoping in 2015 to do more! I have a facial scheduled for Saturday and my regularly scheduled mani/pedi for Sunday, so it’s off to a great start. I’m hoping to add in a few more spa days, girls nights, and special time with my family and husband because those are the things that make me smile!
I’m wishing each and every one of you a 2015 filled with love, happiness, and prosperity.
Feel free to comment with your resolutions and plans for the year to come!