What will 2015 Bring?

I have been reflecting on this year for my family over the last few days.  I am in awe and shock all at once.  It is amazing what all can happen in one's life, what makes it to Facebook and the blog and what lurks in the background.

Overall, it has been a great year full of so many new and fun experiences!  My family and friends around me have had some hardships that have been difficult to watch.  There are things we are still all praying through.  My husband and I have had a great start to our second year of marriage.  It has included a job change for my husband and the start of a second business for me.  It has also included the addition of two more family members for us...two kittens we rescued to be exact.  Our little family is happy and blessed and ready to take on the New Year with gusto!  Here is what I am planning for the next year so far...

Personally:  I have been on the journey for my PhD for the past four years.  I am so close to the end that I'm running for that end of the tunnel.  For many the end of the tunnel is just the grasp of that piece of paper.  My hope for me is that at the end of that tunnel I will see a new paradise.  One that includes more freedom to spend time with my family, more time to TpT and create clipart, and most of all time to add children to our family that aren't furry and have only two legs instead of four.

Professionally:  My eyes were opened to a whole new world this summer at the TpT convention!  I was able to come in contact with so many great TpT authors.  I have finally started blogging and I hope to get better at sharing what I do in my classroom and just in general impact others with more good information from my blogs.

Planning:  I want to better organize my time so that when I blog I can be prepared to collaborate with others and to better organize what I blog about so that it is less sporadic and a little better planned.

Organization:  In 12 years of teaching my desk has been my nemesis.  Every year I hope to find a better way to organize it and keep that pile of papers off my desk.  I don't know that it will ever happen.  It may just be that lifelong goal! lol

Students:  Testing is an area that isn't going away any time soon.  After moving from kindergarten to third grade last year in the great state of Texas, I have learned quite a bit about the testing realm.  I am getting better at teaching strategies to my students in ways that keep them engaged.  I hope to continue to improve that.  I don't feel that just because they need to learn for a test that we can't also explain ways to help them better understand why and make it fun and meaningful all at the same time.

Motto:  "Find the silver lining in every day."  This is something I have been working on for the last couple of months.  Focus on the positive and what is there to be learned or find the blessing in each day.  Every day has something to teach us and gives us something to be thankful for.  We just have to seek to find it.

Thank you to Mrs. D for sharing this linky!  Mrs.D is pretty awesome.  I had the privelege of hanging out with her in Vegas as the TpT Conference and she is a great educator full of ideas.  Check out her page and link up to this party by clicking her badge below.


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