With this year winding down, I'm already thinking about 2014 and what I hope to accomplish by the time the year is up. Last year I just made a list of my reading goals, but this year I wanted to make a general list of all of my goals. I figured that I shouldn't wait til the new year to get started on these, and wanted to go ahead and think of them now. Why wait until January to start when I can start right now?
1) Find a full time teaching position. Since I had to delay my graduation until August and then because of my university messing up when I got my degree, I missed the boat on applying for a lot of teaching jobs over the summer. As anyone who is a teacher knows, sure, you might land a job at any point in the year, but summer is the PRIME time to apply because schools know by then which teachers didn't renew their contracts and what positions will be available in the fall. I was able to apply to two teaching jobs, but didn't have any luck, though supposedly I am on a school's list for immediate hire. In my county, I have been looking and so far haven't found anything to even apply to due to lack of openings, which is pretty frustrating. There just aren't many jobs available, which means I might end up moving to another city or even state. I knew that I would probably have issues with finding a full time teaching job this year, and I'm okay with just subbing and working my current job this year, but by next year I really hope to find a permanent teaching position. This is my most important goal for 2014 because teaching is what I went to school for, and I'm at the point in my life where I want to start a career. Subbing is fine for now, but I am eager to get my own classroom!
2) Start a new savings account. Being enrolled in grad school and a year of prerequisite courses before I could even start graduate school really took a toll on my financial situation. Now that I'm done with school, I need to start saving again. At my current job, I was told that I could break up my paycheck and get certain percentages direct deposited into various accounts, so I'm thinking of putting about 15% of every check right into my savings account that I need to open ASAP.
3) Visit my sister in North Carolina. My sister bought a beautiful home and has only asked me...oh...a thousand times to come and visit her in it. I just have not been able to because of school, and the last break I had we both decided it was more important to visit our grandparents than for me to visit her in NC. I'm tentatively planning a trip to visit her this spring...It has to happen!
4) Learn how to cook five new meals well. Okay, five meals doesn't sound like a lot to those of you that like to cook, but I can promise you that this will probably be the hardest thing on my list for me personally! I am not talented in the kitchen and might have to cook a recipe a few times before it ends up tasting decent.
5) Read ten new books. I may end up reading more, but I want to read at least ten that I haven't read before.
6) Go on a road trip. I haven't been on one in awhile, and thought it would be fun!
7) Become more active. I'm not going to say that I need to lose X amount of weight, but it sure would be nice to be able to fit into my old jeans again. I have a beautiful closet full of clothes that I haven't been able to wear since I gained weight, so there is some incentive for me!
8) Make five DIY things from Pinterest. This would not only be neat to make, but then I'd have some items to decorate my room with, though I do want to make some sugar scrub too.
9) Plan and go on a trip to Costa Rica. I would like for Costa Rica to be my next travel destination, but a lot of this depends on what I am doing for work. I wouldn't go for anything less than two weeks, so I hope I can get the time off and save the money for it. I'm sure going to try, though!
10) Attend a local event. I guess by "local" that also means attending an event in Columbus or Cleveland since my town doesn't have a whole lot going on. One thing that I've always wanted to do but have never done was to go to the gallery hop in the Short North in Columbus. The last time I planned to go there was a huge storm, and I just never got around to going again.
11) Try a new kind of ethnic food. I'm a big fan of Korean and Indian food, but I'd like to try something I haven't had before...like something from South America!
12) Visit two states I've never been to. This probably ties in with my #6 goal, but I'd like to keep this open and have this be more spontaneous rather than something I plan out for a long time.
13) Keep a gratitude journal. It's easy to lose track of all the positive things going for us in life when we are striving for something better, but even though I don't have my dream job, I still have so much to be thankful for and I don't want to lose sight of that.
14) Start a new holiday tradition. This would be for next year, so I do have a whole year to think about it, but some of the ideas that pop into my head would be to do a Christmas cookie or ornament exchange with my family.
15) Do something adventurous that I've never done before. I'm keeping this one ambiguous because I don't know what types of opportunities might present themselves to me in the new year, but adventure is something I constantly crave and can never get enough of in life!
16) Invest in a designer purse. I used the word "invest" because it sounds so much better for justification purposes than if I just said "buy." I'm thinking Coach or Kate Spade.
17) Host a party. Again, this largely depends on my living situation, but I haven't hosted a party in so long...though I am trying to get my boss to give us a Christmas party. He said if I planned it, we could have one, so my friend and I told him our ideas and he has to get approval for it today.
18) Go on another blogger meet up. I'd actually like to do this a couple of times depending on when they are offered/my availability.
19) Surprise a friend or family member. I'm not talking about sending a card in the mail or anything like that...I'm talking about a huge surprise! I hope the opportunity presents itself, but I think it will. :)
20) Get my tattoo redesigned. You know how Angelina got several of her tattoos re-done? That's what I need to do because I want my tattoo to be a work of art and something I am proud of. I'll blog about my tattoo experience sometime in the future, hahaha...you're in for it!