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2016--Where did I end up??

Where did I end up???

I started off the year with a plan to take a look at just who I am and what I am made of, both tangibly and intangibly.


What can I get rid of?

Things that don't bring me joy would be a good place to start perhaps this means more restraint on my Target runs.

So many trips to Goodwill were made this year, BST boards, and our local shelter.

I ended up spending less at Target this year, but there is still room for improvement. I am trying a new budgeting system that will hopefully help me track my spending needs vs. wants more accurately. Crazy how that red cart just seems to fill itself right up!
               
Pounds. They are always on in the "toss it" pile.

I am actually down 4 pounds from this time last year, but down 11 pounds from my highest during the year.  I am pleased with that and hope things continue downward to my goal.

What can I add?  Time with loved ones-More time with my hobbies-Workouts

I think I could always use more face-to-face time with loved ones, but there is only one person I didn't get to spend time with this year, and the rest were delightful.

I managed to get more time with my hobbies as I converted part of my storage room into my craft niche.  I have not spent much time there since, but knowing it is there gives me peace.

Workouts started strong with tennis and zumba continuing.  A crazy summer schedule followed by a jammed pack fall had me falling off the wagon.

What can I replace?  Screen time with family time--Negative Energy/People with positive ones--Poor Food Choices with nutritious ones

I keep trying to fight the screen time battle, and truth is it is more my fault than theirs.  I definitely am not in a "red zone" area but improvements need to continue for myself and the family.

Things sure got ugly with negative people and energy (ahem, Election 2016 I'm looking at you), but I distanced myself and managed to focus more on things that brought me joy.  I did a good job not dwelling on negativity this year.

What can I mix together and create?
How can I benefit my students more?
What can I learn this year?
How can I post more on my blog?

These four were unexpected.  I started back to school this year and that definitely has taught me that I am tougher than I thought.  I think  it has helped me be creative, a stronger reader and a better critical thinker. All of those in turn help my students.

Sadly, my blog has taken the roof rack, not even the back seat.  That is ok. Someday I'll punch out all of the ideas I have on here.  I'm sure you all can't wait.

Now onward to 2017!

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