Reviewing Summer Goals + Weekly Wishes

September 29, 2014

Hello there!  I've been a bit overwhelmed trying to get into the swing of things at my new job, so that's why I couldn't post last week.  Even though I only took a week off, I seriously missed blogging!  To get back into the swing of things, I want to start by reviewing the goals I set for myself in the summer.  


My Summer 2014 Goals

* Apply for a South Carolina teaching license.  I did that and got the license!  Thank goodness South Carolina had reciprocity with Ohio!!  Since I had to go to Charleston to get my background check done, I also had the pleasure of spending the day there as an added bonus. :)


* Find a job.  This is something I got so concerned about, but in the end it finally did happen for me.  I was so worried that I would be stuck subbing another year, but thank goodness I ended up finding a full time teaching job.


*Lose 10 pounds. Soooo, I lost the 10 pounds by drinking a ton of water and exercising....but then I gained it all back.  Losing and maintaining a healthy weight has always been a huge (no pun intended) struggle for me.  I still need to work on this.

* I own a lot of dresses and strappy sandals that I just didn't get a whole lot of wear out of in Ohio.  I want to change that since it will stay nice and hot here in Georgia all summer. Yep, I wore my dresses and sandals quite often.  The only thing is that when we went to downtown Savannah I didn't wear those things because I wanted to wear comfy shoes to walk around in.  I avoided wearing nice dresses downtown since it was almost always in the 90's or over 100 degrees.  I just wore some old t-shirts and jean shorts because I didn't really care of those ended up drenched in sweat from walking around. 


* Go to Charleston.  Well, as I just said this totally happened since I had to go there anyway in order to get my finger prints/background check completed.

* Go to the beach at Hilton Head.  Yes, I got to go to the beach at Hilton Head.  I went twice with my roommates and then made it out to Hilton Head another time to see Rachael.  Although we didn't go to the beach, we did take a dolphin cruise, and that was pretty awesome in my book.


* Try boiled peanuts from a roadside stand. Accomplished!  At first I thought they were kinda nasty/mushy, but after I got used to them I kinda got hooked.

* Go thrift shopping in Savannah. Um, well I did some browsing at Civvies, but didn't actually buy anything.  I'd like to find a Goodwill, garage sale, or thrift shop to find some cheap furniture for my classroom.  


* Finish reading The Book Thief.  Done.  


* Read The Fault in Our StarsGone Girl, and Game of Thrones.  I finished the first two but I'm still reading Game of Thrones.  I haven't picked it up all week just because I haven't had the time, but hopefully I can at least read a couple of chapters today.


* Go out to eat at Sweet Potatoes.  Well, I didn't get to do this, but it's not technically my fault.  I must've brought it up to Ev and Jared 10 times or more, but it never seemed to happen for us.  I'll do a lot of things on my own, but when I go out to eat I tend to want company!  I'll have to put this one on the back burner until I can find someone who wants to go here with me.


* Buy new bedroom furniture.  I still haven't done this only because I haven't received my first paycheck yet.  Once I get paid, I'll be taking care of this.  In the very least, I'll get a new bed!


* Go out for drinks one night in downtown Savannah.  I went out for a martini at Lulu's Chocolate Bar, and it was pretty fabulous. :)


* Check out the Mars Theater that was recently renovated.  I still haven't done this yet, even though it's so close to where we live.  Okay, I'll see movies alone during the day, but at night I want a buddy!  This theater only plays movies on the weekend, at night.  We either already had other plans, Jared had to work, or Ev was too busy planning.  Hopefully we can make this happen soon!


Overall, I'm pretty happy with my progress on the goals I set for myself.  Checking out the Mars Theater and eating at Sweet Potatoes Kitchen are just for fun, anyway.  I am a little upset with myself for not losing the 10 pounds, but I'll just have to try harder.  It is kind of difficult here in the South because there are SO much deliciousness everywhere I turn!!  At least now that I have a steady job, I'll be on a schedule and maybe that will help me.


Now onto my goals for the upcoming week...



Weekly Wishes

1) Start looking into finding somewhere else to live.  I said before that I was okay living here, and I truly was.  When I said that, it was before I got a job over an hour away.  An hour commute might not sound like a big deal, but it takes me an hour to get to work if there is no traffic at all, which is never the case.  I usually spend about three hours a day driving, and really just can't take it.  In the morning, I have to leave an hour and forty-five minutes early in case there is a wreck and the road I have to take gets backed up.  There is only one way for me to get to where I need to go, so it's not like I could take an alternate route.  I'd rather spend part of that commute time doing more productive things like lesson planning. 

2) Get 8 hours of sleep every night.  Because of my long commute, this has been a struggle for me.  I need to be getting a good night's rest if I'm to be the best teacher I can be!  (Hello Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs!)


3) Try to blog three times/week.  I'm going to try my best to do this just because I really wanted to blog last week, but just couldn't find the time.  If this is going to happen, I'll probably have to pre-write three posts over the weekend, which isn't exactly my blogging style.  Oh well...I have to make adjustments since my life has changed. :)


4) Accomplish my teaching to-do list.  I feel like I have a million things on this list.  It's kind of overwhelming, but I'm just going to try my best.  I mean, that's all I can really do.  I also have to attend two professional development meetings after school next week and find time to meet with my mentor teacher at least once.


5) Read for 30 minutes before bed.  Despite how busy I get during the week, I think it's important to find a little time to relax, and to me, reading is relaxing.


It felt good to write out those goals! Now I just hope that I can achieve them all. :)  What is one thing you hope to accomplish this week?




**Linking up with Melyssa today for Weekly Wishes**
28 comments on "Reviewing Summer Goals + Weekly Wishes"
  1. Scheduling posts isn't really my style either. I know that if I did it would help me a lot, but I just can't.
    So are you looking to move to the town you're teaching at?
    You accomplished a lot on your summer list! If I were closer I'd totally go to the movies with you! You know I'm a movie addict.

    ReplyDelete
  2. how was the book thief? i started that but it was too slow...if it picks up, i'll pick it up again!

    ReplyDelete
  3. oh gosh, an hour commute would make me want to move as well. you read a lot, i tried to read game of thrones but couldn't stay into it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. @Kathy@Vodka and Soda YOU NEED TO READ THE BOOK THIEF IT IS THE BEST BOOK EVER.

    ReplyDelete
  5. That commute sounds rough, I don't blame you for wanting to live somewhere closer!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Vivacious Chica -BlogSeptember 29, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    I definitely agree with you on 2, 3 and 5 of your weekly wishes! I think I need to do the same :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Yes!! I mean, if I find a place that's 30 minutes away I'd still have 2 extra hours per day...That would be amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  8. It does seem to help so much...though I don't think I'm going to be able to accomplish that tonight. My bedtime is rapidly approaching, haha.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel like since I watched Seasons 1 and 2 it's helping me understand the book better... There are just so many freaking characters that it's hard to keep them all straight!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yeah, I really want to move ASAP...The only thing is that my roommates wouldn't be able to move til the end of November, and I don't know if I can wait it out that long!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I schedule them sometimes, but I don't like to write three posts in a day...It makes it feel like blogging is too much work for my taste!
    It'd be nice to have a movie buddy here--the guys I live with seem to just like shows and Netflix over films! It doesn't help that the closest theater (besides the one with 1 screen that I wrote about in my post) is about 30 min away.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm sure people might stab me for this, but I liked the movie better than the book!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I hope we both get lots of sleep, time to read, and have time to blog this week! Now that this week has started, I think I might have been overly ambitious with my goals, haha.

    ReplyDelete
  14. My boyfriend has an hour commute, but I couldn't imagine having a longer one. Good luck with your home search and the rest of your goals.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU AND YOUR NEW JOB!!!
    Girl, you had an amazing summer. I'm really proud and happy for you. You #crushedit.
    Teaching is fun, stressful, and most importantly REWARDING! Also, reading before bed helps me too! :D

    ReplyDelete
  16. I just started reading Games of Thrones a few days ago. I had a lot of airport delays while making my way to and from Hawaii and I got home a day ago with serious jet lag. 3 hour delay going and coming I was at the airport for 9 hours before an 11 hour flight so I am a bit more than half way into it...I hope it picks up. I read the other books you mentioned :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Reading thirty minutes before bed is a great idea that I'm going to try out as I really struggle to find the time to fit in reading! Well done for accomplishing so much over the summer and good luck with your goals this week!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Reading for 30 minutes is never something I could do. I'd say 30 minutes and next thing I know I've been reading for 3 hrs and its past midnight.
    How is the Game of Thrones book so far? The show is one of my favorites! I've never read the books, though. Good luck with your goals this week!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Cheers to knocking out so many of your summer wishes - especially the full time job. I'm also working on reading before bed too. I rarely make it for a full 30 minutes, but I try!

    ReplyDelete
  20. It is so wonderful that you got the job!! :) So happy for you! Concentrate on you and us (your followers) will always be here :)

    http://neatly-packaged.com/

    ReplyDelete
  21. Aw, thanks girl! You are always so supportive!! I miss not being able to text you as much.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thanks! I finally got a paycheck this week for the first time since June!! It is a good feeling for sure.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I like it, but it's one of those books you have to pay attention to because it's so detailed. The show has helped me a lot in getting most of the characters straight! Also, every chapter focuses on a character, and I just happen to like some characters better than others so I end up liking the Tyrion and Daenerys chapters a bit more!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Where are you at in Game of Thrones now? I like it, but sometimes my mind wanders and I have to re-focus my attention back on it!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I didn't get as much time to read as I would have liked because that would have cut into my other goal of getting enough sleep, haha. Oh well, there's always next week!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thanks! I'm so glad that I was able to find a job! I have a lot of adorable, sweet students.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Honestly, I don't know how much more of the commute I can take, especially since I came in at the beginning of the year and I have a lot to catch up on!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I had to read a lot of YA as required reading for my college courses and it got me into that genre! There's nothing like easy & fast reading!
    Charleston is an amazing place--I want to go back soon!

    ReplyDelete