March, already?

Whoops. I promise I didn’t mean to neglect the blog for a whole month. February flew by and I can’t believe we are already in March. I can’t believe I’ve been student teaching for almost two months. And I can’t believe how much I love my kids (yes, they’re “my” kids).

I’m probably setting a terrible example for not posting my February goals, but I was wrapped up in the Crazy World of Student Teaching. It has been a wild but absolutely amazing journey so far, and I’m only halfway through. I’m 4 out of 5 days done with my huge IMPACT Unit, and that’s definitely a huge relief. It has gone remarkably well and I’m very proud of the LEARNING (imagine that) going on in the class.

Back to February goals… I decided to extend my goals from January because I was having a hard time adjusting to student teaching and adjusting life patterns at the same time. And I’m definitely still working.

Here were the goals I posted back in January with a little commentary from me on how they are going:

  • 24 in 12: “Unglued” by Lysa TerKeurst and “Good to Great” by Jim Collins: I read “Unglued.” And it was fantastic. Such a perspective changer. I did not get to “Good to Great,” but I haven’t given up on it. It’s on the shelf for the summer when I’m sure I’ll have more time on my hands. February’s books didn’t happen. However, I’ve started “Jesus is” by Judah Smith and it’s rocking my world. So there has been some outside reading. Just not as much as I expected.
  • Begin student teaching. Yahoo! I love it. I love every minute of it. I’m even starting to enjoy the commute. It’s been a huge life adjustment but I can feel God confirming for me that this is my calling, hands down.
  • Cut out soda. Drink more water. Well, I have definitely been drinking more water. However… that Diet Mountain Dew is just taunting me. I only have 1-2 a week, but I know I need to cut them out entirely.
  • Plan meals/cook as much as possible. Whew. This went down hill really quick. After two hours in the car and a full day of teaching, I simply do not have very much energy to put into cooking. I’ve found the simpler I go and the bigger the batch I make, the better off I am. Pastas and salads and big pots of chili are definitely pushing me through.
  • Cardio workout twice a week. Ab workout twice a week. I must have been in a really good mood when I set this goal. Unless standing on my feet for the majority of the day counts, I am simply not getting the exercise I need. (Again, due to lack of energy.) I know that this would help with my energy levels, but I am having a difficult time motivating myself. Particularly in this cold weather. I just need to tell myself to take 15 minutes to do a floor workout by my bed in the evenings and it will work out beautifully. Especially due to the 3 weddings coming up. Yikes.
  • Affirm 5 people per day. Yippee! I have met this goal! I love making people smile, and it’s been a joy to do this each day.
  • At least 30 minutes per day [morning and night] with Jesus. I think the solution to getting to do this is to stand up and pace while reading Scripture. Otherwise, I really will fall asleep. Still working…
  • Spend quality time with a friend each week. This has been a true blessing each week. I have the most amazing friends and I am so thankful for their love and support. Making room for that quality time fills me up and I love it!
  • Clean room daily. Declutter once a week. My room has been much cleaner lately, but it really takes a beating on Mondays and Fridays, especially if I’m packing or unpacking from a Charlotte trip. I need to get better about unpacking immediately and putting everything away. The next step is to do this with my car…

Please pray for me as I continue to strive toward these goals.  I really feel like I should continue working on these before moving on. I’m a creature of habit so the more I do it, the better off I am.

For 24 in 12, I am currently reading “Jesus Is,” but I’ve listed “Ender’s Game” and “Explicit Gospel” for March. Hopefully I’ll get through one of them along with “Jesus Is” but we shall see!

Happy March!

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