Welcome 2017

Happy New Year!  It’s time to take a look back at 2016 and celebrate successes and plan for improvements for the new year.  It definitely was a mixed bag… There are some things I’m proud of and some that were less than stellar.

Some highlights:

  • Jake completed his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and came home after living in Hawaii for 4 years, Panama for 2 and the trail for 5 months.  I lived vicariously through him and shared his excitement, at the same time concern for his safety, etc. I am so proud of him and the man he has become!! (Stay tuned for PCT2017.. yikes!)
  • I’m having an excellent school year so far after moving back down to my room on the first floor and having a bit of a break without any 8th graders who need transition plans, alternate assessment binders, career development plans, secondary IEPs etc… Also, no ELL students so no Access testing either!
  • This was the best summer yet with boating season running from April until Thanksgiving week, a trip to NH to recharge on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, and a glorious 2 weeks in Madeira Island.
  • So far, so good with health of the family and friends.
  • Giving up a “business” that was taking more out of me (time, money, etc) than giving me and being true to myself.

Some things I intend to focus on in 2017

  • Moving more and spending less time with mindless time-suck activities. I need to actually carve out time and follow through on making fitness once again a priority. Not making excuses about time, injuries, etc and just pushing through whether I feel like it or not.
  • Cleaning up my diet.. all that #boatlife and vacationing took its toll and I gained back all that I lost over the past 2 years. Time to get back to healthy, clean living, not only for the way I look and feel but most importantly for my health.
  • Getting outside and into nature more. I’ve always been a nature girl and enjoy it when at the boat but I need that daily dose of fresh air year round.
  • Meditate more and social media less… nuff said!
  • Read more and enjoy more quiet time.
  • Not get sucked into others’ drama.  Live my quiet life with integrity and by my standards. Walk away and not participate or even listen to others’ gossip.
  • Say “NO” more often!!!!!!!!!
  • Appreciate everything.
  • Love more!
  • Be strong in my convictions no matter what.
  • Keep raising my standards and not waiver.
  • Declutter and let go.
  • Be frugal (and convince him to as well) so that we can enjoy the big things in life… (hint, Madeira 2018!)
  • Just be happy!

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