A New Year means New Goals!

I am a list person.  I make a list, cross something off, add to the list, cross something else off, and then crumple the list and write it five more times.  I like lists.  I feel like I accomplished something every time I cross something off.  I make daily lists, weekly lists, and monthly lists. I thought it would be fun to make a few more lists.  First off, what did I accomplish during 2015.

Reached Out to the Greater SLP Community: I started a blog, a TeacherspayTeachers storefacebook page for my TpT storecollaborated with other SLPs from all over in a collaborative blog (Speech Spotlight),  a facebook group for CFYs, Grad Students, and Undergrad Students (SLP Student Help Desk), and a facebook page to bring materials and deals from SLP TpT sellers from all over (SLP Materials Club). I also began to learn to expand on social media using instagram
Went to the TpT conference: I was unsure about going at first as I had just started my journey on TpT.  It was the best decision I ever made!  I made wonderful new friends and met other SLP’s from all over the United States and Canada to collaborate with. I loved learning more about creation and the best thing of all was the wonderful friendships I made!
Family took the first ever vacation:  We went to Disneyland!  The past several years, has been tough for our family.  Six years ago, my little girl was born premature at 26 weeks and required three months in the NICU.  I was out of work for 5 months taking care of her and when I was able to return to work, my husband had to quit his job to stay home with her for a while and I began working two jobs.  This continued off and on for the years that followed while the Hub was in school.  So 2015 brought us much joy as a family when my husband began his career as a full-time Respiratory Therapist and we were finally able to take our princess to meet all of the Disney Princesses!
Mommy-Daughter Multiple Experiences:  Money should not determine what you do with your child.  However, I can tell you first hand that finances can reduce the amount of opportunities and experiences you can provide.  This is the first year I was able to take her to multiple museums and performances such as Disney on Stage.  

    What do I want to accomplish this next year? 
Post more regularly: I need to remember to take more pictures and share what is happening in my speech room, my favorite resources, and tips and tricks that I have learned along the way. 
Move:  More specifically, I want to get to a point where we can buy a house of our own.  We have been always rented and not necessarily in the best neighborhoods.  I grew up in a home that my father built with his own hands (and that I helped to build).  I spent my entire childhood in the same house and had sleepovers.  I want to give that to my daughter.  Although, I do not expect to always live here and one day we hope to move back to California. However, as long as my Gabling Guru Grammy is here… we are here.
More Family Time:  This is the most important of all! I would love to start having a family vacation every year and more opportunities to provide my daughter with new experiences.  She is growing so fast and I feel that I missed a lot of the earlier years with working multiple jobs to make ends meet.  I want to make memories and enjoy each moment that we are blessed to have together as a family. 
Lose Weight and Be Healthier: Okay, in truth this is my goal every year.  About a year ago, I did manage to lose over 20 lbs.  However, I noted the more I created in my store meant the less time I had to be active and all the weight was found again (on my hips, tummy, bum... ).  I told it that I did not miss it, but it would seem that weight missed me.  So this year I am hoping to find a better balance and not so much of an all or nothing sort of scenario  In the end, it isn't so much about losing the weight as it is about being healthier in my decisions.  If I manage to lose weight too, well I am hoping this time it doesn't find me again. 

What are your New Year goals?

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