My Wishes for 2016

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I still struggling to believe that it’s already 2016!  Instead of goals or resolutions this year, I wanted to share some of my wishes for the year to come.  As much as I enjoy making my yearly goals, I know that this year is going to be very different and include many varied experiences, so I wasn’t sure what goals to make.  Thus, wishes for the year to come instead.

I wish for happiness.

Regardless of where I’m living or what I’m doing, I hope this is a year filled with happiness and joy.

I wish to experience growth.

This will be a year full of change for me, and I hope that as I go through those big life changes, that I experience growth and change for the better.

I wish to make new friends.

As I leave college behind and move to new places, I hope to forge good, valuable friendships.

I wish that I handle hardships with grace and patience.

With big changes come hardships.  I hope that I handle those hardships well, and use them to grow rather than get upset and give up.

I wish to try new things.

This also goes along with growing as a person, but I hope to have the courage to try new things, whether it is trying new foods, going new places, or experiencing new things.

I wish to live life to the fullest.

I want this year to be a year in which I live life fully, without holding back.  I hope that this is a year in which I live the life I have always wanted.

I wish for peace.

In my life, in my communities, and in the world.

What are your wishes/resolutions/goals for the year to come?

21 Before 22 Update

So, I was hoping to post all of my goals and tell you about how I accomplished all of them, but I’ll be honest.  I only completed 6 out of my 21.  Yikes!

So, these are the goals I DID accomplish:

#1. Finish bedroom makeover.  Yay!!!!!  You can see my “new” bedroom here.

#2. Write at least one letter per month.  I think this is one of the only goals I’ve managed to keep over several years.  I know how much I love receiving snail mail, so I like to write to people as well.

#10. Do something DARING.  I took a leap of faith and applied to the Peace Corps.

#11. Pick berries.  Blueberries and raspberries.  Yippee!

#16. Kayak.  I’m pretty sure I kayaked at least twice.

#21. Have a picnic.  I had several picnics with my students in the spring.

Honestly, I think my goals simply changed over the course of the year.  Plus, this year was a busy year.  As much as I love my birthday goals, I think I’m going to try something different this year.  There is so much unknown about the year before that I had trouble coming up with goals.  I think I’m going to Wishes for the New Year instead.  Not New Year’s Resolutions or goals, per say, but wishes.

21 Before 22 Update (Mid-way point)

Hike at Tanglewood in March

The past month has truly flown by!  I’ve been working a lot and it’s also been very rainy here in upstate New York.  Unfortunately, that means a lot of my projects have had to be put on pause until the weather is nicer.   Luckily, the past couple of days have been gorgeous weather-wise.  I’m hoping to get some stuff finished this coming week, and then I’ll have a bunch of stuff to share with you!  In the meantime, I wanted to share an update on my birthday goals for this year.  Each year, I make a list of goals for my birthday.  In a way, these are kind of like New Year’s resolutions mixed with a bucket list.  I include things I want to accomplish, along with some fun things I want to be sure to do.  The list gets longer every year I get older, because I determine the number of goals based on the age I am that year.  I shared my 21 Before 22 list back in December (my birthday is on Christmas Day), and seeing as it is now past my half-birthday, I thought I’d share an update.

1. Finish bedroom makeover.  While this one is not done quite yet, it is really, really close.  I just have a few finishing touches to complete.  I’m hoping to have the room completely done within the next couple of weeks!

2. Write at least one letter per month.  I’ve only missed one month so far (April)!

3. Read at least one book per month.  As with the letters, I’ve missed one month so far (May).  It was a crazy, busy, hectic month, and I just really didn’t have the time.  In January I read Under the Tuscan Sun, in February I read Wild, in March I read Eight Girls Taking Pictures, in April I read Between Friends and Snow Treasure, and in June I read The Things They Carried.  All were really great books!

4. Hike at least once a month.  Yikes!  I have not done so well on this one.  I hiked in March and in April, but that is it!  I really need to get on making this one happen the rest of the months left.

5. Save money.  This has been a rough one.  This past school year really wiped out my savings, and I started the year off with a pretty low bank account balance.  Then second semester and student teaching wiped out what I had left.  I’m working this summer, and I’m slowly building up my savings again, but I still have a ways to go.  It really hasn’t been a problem of spending money I shouldn’t, but rather that college and necessary expenses have been higher than normal for me this year.

6. Knit a scarf.  I did start this one, but since then it has just sat in a desk drawer.   Guess I need to get working on it again!

7. Get physically fit.  Oh boy.  Let’s just say this one needs to move up to the top of the list in terms of priority.  I’ve got a longggg way to go.

8. Go to 3 new places in the Elmira area.  I’ve been to several art museums/galleries, but I’d really like to do some more exploring.

9. Learn how to French braid.  Hasn’t happened yet!

10. Do something DARING.  I don’t want this list to be suspenseful, but right now all I want to say is that this is completed.  Hopefully, I will be able to share what I’m talking about in the next few months.

11. Pick berries. Yup!  This one was kind of a given, but it’s something I love to do each year, so I always include it.

12. Make jam. Not yet, but it’s in the plans!

13. Make an artisan bread. This one is half-completed.  I’ve made the starter for an artisan bread at work, but I haven’t actually made the bread yet.

14. Make a quilt.  Not yet.

15. Do something FUN every week.  Maybe not every week, but I’ve been pretty good at doing this one.

16. Kayak. Not yet, hopefully this coming weekend!

17. Write down the best parts of every day.  I’ve missed a few days here and there, but I’ve mostly stuck to this one.

18. Sew something beautiful for ME.  I’m working on the design right now, but I’m confident I’ll get it finished.

19. Go camping. Nope, not yet.

20. Go to Watkins Glen.  Unfortunately, not yet.  Hopefully, I can go in the fall.

21. Have a picnic.  When I was student teaching this spring, the students got to have lunch with me and the teacher if they got a 100% on their spelling test (plus a bonus spelling sentence).  Two of the weeks, we had a picnic outside in the shade.

Whew! That’s really quite the list!  I’d say I need to really get to work at this point.  I still have a lot to accomplish!

20 Before 21 Final Update!

First of all, Merry Christmas to everybody!

Not only is today Christmas, but it is also my (21st!) birthday today.  Every year I make birthday goals instead of New Year’s Resolutions.  I’ve been sharing updates throughout the year, and now I want to share the final update and reflect on which goals I reached and which I didn’t.

1. Run a 10k. This is one of the goals I didn’t reach.  I ran track and high school and enjoyed it, but I’ve found it a lot harder to get into when I’m on my own.  I did run some in the spring, but stopped once I went to Peru, and never got back into it.

2. Send a handwritten note once a month. I did really well with this one!  I sent at least one note every single month and really enjoyed it.

3. Stay in better touch with friends from home. I kept in much better touch with two of my friends, but not with the others.  One of my friends and I sent letters back in forth, which I really liked.  It let us stay up to date with each others’ lives, but we didn’t have to deal with trying to schedule a skype date or phone call in between our very different schedules.

4. Get physically fit. I did really horribly with this one.  I got into really good shape before and while in Peru but didn’t keep it up once I returned.

5. Hike the Inca Trail. This one was completed on April 18th.  I went to Peru for a 3-week study abroad trip and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

6. Read 1 book a month. I also did really well with this one.  I read at least one book a month, plus several more during the summer months when I had more free time.

7. Make a quilt. I had full intentions to at least make a baby quilt, but that didn’t happen.

8. Take more photos (at least one a week). Although I didn’t necessarily stick to taking a photo every week, I did take a lot more photos this year.

9. Learn to make at least 2 new meals. I even exceeded this goal!  I learned to make chicken parmesan, grilled chicken and potatoes on the grill, pizza bread, tacos, goulash, chicken cordon bleu, and lasagna.

10. Finish Switzerland scrapbook. I made some progress, but did not finish it.  At least I’m closer than I was at this point last year.

11. Go to bed earlier and get up earlier. I’d like to work on this a little more, but I really improved.  For the most part, I get up by 7:00, even when I don’t have to and rarely stay up beyond 11:00.

12. Journal daily. I failed miserably at this goal.  Although I started January off on the right track, I very quickly stopped journaling almost completely.

13. Drink at least one bottle of water a day. For the most part, I met this goal.

14. Limit junk food. There were times where I was really good about this and other times I failed miserably.  It’s something I still need to work on.

15. Eat fruits/veggies every day. I did pretty well up until September and then did really terribly.

16. Go on a picnic. Unfortunately, this one didn’t happen.

17. Have a snowball fight. Again, unfortunately this one didn’t happen.

18. Bike South River Road. I didn’t go all the way, but I did bike part of it once, so I’m going to count it.

19. Make a terrarium. I struggled to find the materials needed locally, so this one didn’t happen.

20. Plant a tree. I planted 250 Christmas trees with my grandpa in May, so this goal was met!

I think that overall, I did well, but I really hope to be better this coming year.  I especially need to work on living a healthier life.  I’ll be sharing my new birthday goals tomorrow (this time 21 before 22!).


Junior Year Goals Update

At the beginning of the school year, I wrote a post about my goals for my junior year.  And then I promptly forgot about them.  I just remembered I had written that post and I figured I’d give an update now that I finished my first semester.

1. Make at least 2 new friends. Kinda…I guess?  I’ve made some new friends, but not ones I really hang out with much.  And I’ve grown closer to some other people that were more like acquaintances last year.

2. Attend sporting events at least monthly. Nope, I haven’t attended even a single one.

3. Make health a priority. Again, this hasn’t really happened.

4. Less procrastination. I was really good for the first two months or so and then really lost my motivation.  I was still able to avoid homework on Saturdays and most Sundays though, so that’s good (and not get behind).

5. DO stuff! A little, but not really.  I did go hiking once.

6. Spend extra time in the studio. Not at all, really need to work on this next semester.

7. Read for fun more regularly. A little bit, I’ve read about two books so far.

I’ve apparently not done so well at achieving these goals, but I have a new semester to attempt these again!  I got my grades back this week, and they’re all really great, now I just need to work on the non-academic things!