3 Goals for 2023

by - January 09, 2023

I was struggling coming up with some personal goals for this year. Every time I sat down to think about it, all I could think of were goals that were tied to other people, specifically about 70 seventh graders. I do have goals for my classroom, obviously, but they really haven't changed since the start of the school year, so it didn't feel right to include them in my 2023 goals.

I tell you that to say this: a goal-writing activity I did with my students last week actually helped me narrow down my goals. I had them each pick three goals for this year, with some guidance on what makes a good goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely). I had to give them examples, which ultimately helped me narrow down some things that I would like to accomplish this year.

1. Bring Back the Blog Post Schedule - If there's one thing becoming a teacher has taught me, it's the importance of scheduling things in advance. I've always been a master planner thanks to the jobs I've held, but teaching is an entirely new beast...and it threw a really big monkey wrench into the way I typically handle the blog. In 2021, I started a monthly schedule for blog posts to really help me focus on my content, but I got away from it in 2022 (for several reasons). So this year I'm going to bring that schedule back. I can't promise new posts every day, but I do want to be more consistent.

2. Try One New Recipe Each Month - One of my goals last year was to eat at home more. It was a great goal, but I didn't really have a plan for how to accomplish it, which was a mistake. So this year, I'm going to be more specific and try to do one new recipe each month.

3. Start Back Doing Yoga Regularly - In the spring of 2021, I started doing yoga twice a week. Then, in the summer of 2022, I had to give up the classes due to scheduling conflicts. Those two sessions every week were truly the best. Not only did my flexibility greatly improve, but my mental clarity was so much sharper as well. It was like a twice-weekly reset for body and mind, and I have missed it so much over the last few months. I haven't figured out how to fit a professional-led class back into my schedule, but there's no rule that says I can't do it at home. So I want to start back doing yoga at least twice a week. Now I've got to figure out a way to hold myself accountable.

What are your goals for 2023?

*If any of my students are reading this, my goals are presented much differently than the way I had you write them because this is a blog post, not an essay.

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