First of all, thank you to all of you who continued to come back and check to see if I had written anything. I took some time away from the blog to focus on student teaching and graduating. Well guess what?!
Yep, that's right! I GRADUATED! I walked across that stage without tripping, shook the hand of the president, and was handed my "diploma" (it was mailed to me). It was such a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and success! Ever since, I have been getting all my documents ready for applying for subbing jobs, actually applying, and filling out the tedious documents to complete the process and be added to the list. I have one last thing I have to do before I can turn these in and that would be going to get my physical. I have not been to the doctor for this kind of appointment in several years, and let's be honest, I'm not a fan! I think because I never went to the doctor when I was younger, it added to my anxiety when I did have to go. But oh well, I have to go to pursue my dream and tomorrow is the day to get it done (I went today in this blistery cold but we were told the wrong day go figure).

I hope I'm doing okay with this post... it has clearly been a while since I've written, so I hope I still know how to do this. :)

I thought about what I was going to write in this post for a few days now, putting it off until I had an idea, but at this moment I still don't have a clear idea. I thought about giving a recap about my time away, but I really didn't capture much of it with pictures, so that would be boring. Then I thought about doing a resolutions post like I did last year (and like a lot of other bloggers out there). I liked this idea but I just had a twist on this idea occur in my brain. (LIKE JUST NOW!)
Over the course of the next several posts, I will write on a theme: CHANGE. I will share about how my life has changed these past few months and how I see change occurring now and in the near future. The second two-thirds of that statement will include my resolutions. This year I focused on two main areas of my life: being proactive and enjoying/embracing life. Here is the tentative outline of topics I will cover in this series of posts.

  • My faith - changing churches
  • Joining community group
  • Enjoying and embracing life
  •         Cross things off my bucket list
  •         Spending more time with the ones I love
  •         Building my relationship with God
  •         Being active and healthy
  •         Living within my means
  •         Minimalizing life (this may be broken down into several posts as well)
  •         Stepping away from society and technology
  •         Appreciating the little things
  •         Not getting worked up so easily and not worrying
  • Looking for full-time jobs and doing substitute work
  • Deciding where to go after May

Today, I will talk about being proactive. This is a concept I picked up from the Leader in Me and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People books written by Stephen Covey. I have been to several workshops surrounding these books as many lower-level schools in the area are based on these concepts; I also plan to read these books this year. The first habit of the seven is to be proactive. This means not sitting back and just wishing for things to happen. This means putting effort forth and making things work for you. I can see this already taking place with applying for substitute teaching positions and calling school districts, making appointments, etc. This will need to be in full force these next few months as my life holds several changes all at once. Anyone have any tips on STAYING proactive?

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