small goals: march 2018

March 7, 2018

1. Plan for Q3. // I want to make sure that I have each day penciled in so that I can make sure that my plans will take me to the end of the quarter.

2. Keep track of budget. // I am aiming for a budget of 150$ for fun money. This includes going out on my own, and makeup. I was able to stick to this budget the last two months. So, I am going to ensure that I am tracking my spending and being thoughtful, and hopefully this month is within budget, too.

3. Pull weekly and daily tarot cards. // There's something comforting about pulling a card daily and then taking a deeper look at my week. As a reader, I like to see symbols and imagery used to guide my thinking about my days and weeks.

4. Blog once a week. // Hopefully this can pull through. I would like to make posts on Sundays.

5. Read for 30 minutes everyday. // I've gotten into the bad habit of watching YouTube videos at night instead of reading like I used to. The universe needs to be righted, and so I will be making it an intention to read at night again.

three favorites: march 3, 2018

March 3, 2018

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. By the Fireplace, REPLICA. To me, this smells like roasting marshmallows over a campfire on an autumn night. It's being wrapped in a soft and cozy scarf the next day, and catching the blend of smoke and sugar close to warm skin and fabric. 

2. Grace and Frankie. I am not sure what took me so long in starting to watch this show, but it is hilarious. Although it can be painful to watch the two main characters learn how to deal with this next phase of their lives after their husbands leave them, I find it really endearing to see the different eccentric personalities in the show support each other. 

3. GT's Gingerade Kombucha. The larger size of this gets stored away in my fridge, and saves me from buying one on my way home from work everyday. I love aromatic spices, especially ginger and cardamom. 

three favorites: february 19, 2018

February 19, 2018

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in Cinnamon Toast. This is a gorgeous deep red color, and I love that it is more moisturizing, because the winter and having a cold have sapped me of moisture.

2. Queer Eye on Netflix. I am officially obsessed with the new iteration of Queer Eye. Usually, I am a sucker for any kind of makeover, but this show is so heartwarming that it is really exceptional. The Fab Five are so sweet, and it's so fun to watch them help others, whether in the kitchen, their personal life, or their appearance. I also have been watching the original on YouTube, which is frenetic and funny and generally amazing. 

3. Tea light candles. I love having an essential oil diffuser, but I have been missing candles and how cozy they make a room feel. Target had a large size box of unscented tea lights, and they are making my office and living room feel warm and lovely. 

small goals: february 2018

February 4, 2018

Oh my. The winter has been hard. It's hard to focus on anything when my toes are cold, and my skin is dry. Yes, there are much worse issues to have, but I've got to be honest that the small wintery things have got me down. But, with the start of February, I am feeling excited. This is the last true month of winter, and March will still be chilly in Minnesota, but it will get progressively lighter and warmer. There's hope. I'm going to restart my goal process because it's been a while since I posted my goals. Here we go.

1. Use the Streaks app for daily tasks. // There are a couple daily tasks that I want to integrate more fully into my routine. They include: taking my vitamins, walking my dog right after I get home from work, reading for 30 minutes a day for fun, using my bullet journal in the morning and afternoon, and clearing out my inbox.

2. Plan for Quarter 3.
// I want to have my summative assessments planned and accounted for, and then I want to plan two weeks ahead for all my classes. I am going to use Thursdays to plan for my weeks.

3. Cook at least two meals a week.
// I love making meals that provide great leftovers, and I need to get back in the habit of cooking even if I am tired. My meals for this week: and a Trader Joe's potato and leek soup mix that we got from my parents.

4. Stick to an envelope budget. // I've got an amount, and I am going to hold myself to this amount for my purchases. Here we go!

5. Go to yoga every Wednesday. // Whether it's cold, I'm tired, whatever, I should be going to yoga.

small goals: november, 2017

November 5, 2017

November is here. I found that October took me by surprise, and I never found time to write down my goals. I got sick. I got tired. But, I also refined my routines, and pulled through. I am feeling organized, and like I can take on the rest of the fall. I completed 4/5 of my September goals. Here's an update on how they went:

1. Stick to a quarterly budget. // Nope. I really struggled to even determine an amount to spend. I did however manage to continue only buying secondhand clothing. I am enjoying thrift shopping more, and feeling the anxiety of looking online at items I can't afford dissipating.

2. Complete draft calendars for the first quarter of my classes. // It took me until the middle of the quarter, but I have drafted a calendar for my AP and ninth grade classes. At this point, that's about as good as it gets.

3. Attend barre class at least once a week. // Hooray! I accomplished this. I feel like my Sundays have been refined, and are really working for me. I wake up and grade at a coffee shop from about 8:30-11:30, and then I go to barre from 12:00-1:00. I feel so much more productive and healthy. It's been really nice.

4. Use my bullet journal daily. // Although I did not do this every day, I feel that I can cross it off because I used my bullet journal most days. I map out my week, and make to-do lists. I could get better at checking it daily right when I get home from work, but it is working for me right now.

5. Prep my lunch, outfit, and my work bag every night. // Again, although I have not managed to do this everyday, I have managed to do it most days. Packing my lunch has been especially valuable as a time saver, and as a healthy habit.

My hopes for November include finally tackling my budgeting habits, and focusing in on my routines related to work during the week, not just on Sundays.

1. Email parents of students who have lower grades every week, instead of sporadically. // I am thinking that I could do this on Thursdays when I have caught up with my grading, and before the weekend so that parents can motivate their students over the weekends.

2. Plan for Quarter 2. // I learned from trying to plan for Quarter 1 that I can't try to plan a full quarter down to the day at the start of the quarter. Weeks are too flexible, and I found it daunting to know what to do for my AP Language class, which I am teaching for the first time this year. However, I want to have all my unit summative assessments planned and ready for each of my preps. Yep, that's the goal.

3. Establish a grading day midweek. // I have found great satisfaction in grading outside of my house on Sundays, and I think that adding a day to grade during the week will be beneficial. I would like to grade outside my house one day a week, and I am thinking Tuesdays should work. Now the question is, where? Possibly a library. Possibly a coffee shop.

4. Stick to an envelope budget. // Although I had hoped to set a budget, I failed miserably. I am going to set an envelope budget for myself for the end of October, and all of November. Here we go. Hopefully it works out.

5. Read at least two books before the end of November. // I am almost all of the way through Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and can rustle up another by by the end of November.

What are your goals for this month? 

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