Yesterday I described a few highlights and lowlights to what I’m now calling the Year of Survival, 2013. To follow up, I’ll address the other part of the challenge: What word reflects my intentions for 2014?
Many of my ongoing projects got set aside in the mess that was 2013. The manuscript for the book Educating Amigo is still in limbo, and sending out submission packages became less of a goal than learning to walk well and handle stairs without a cane. The book project is back on a front burner now, and I hope to reach out to a another potential writer/editor for guidance.
I wrote a few short grants at work, none successful. I don’t mind losing the grants; I learn a little every time I do the research involved in any project funding request. Looking ahead, my grant applications will still focus on our goals of increasing family involvement and improving reading skills. I might reach out to more grantors who have the same mission, rather than more general resources.
In a post on my employer’s national blog, I suggested setting goals in the form of a 3-2-1 summary. 3 good habits to keep in place; 2 bad habits to break or leave behind; and finally, 1 positive change. Let’s see how that looks in my own life.
3 good habits:
- Put my health first. Reach out to health professionals as necessary.
- Eat local, cook from scratch, and preserve (can and freeze) to keep the family’s menu healthy and delicious.
- Rest. Make sleep a priority.
2 bad habits to leave behind:
- Stop putting my health at risk by putting off routine care – this is a dangerous route to follow.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff; keep the big priorities on top of the to-do list.
And in conclusion, 1 positive change to put into place:
Get my home office in shape and use it – for book work, possibly for summer school, and also for privacy, peace, and quiet.
Back to the first question: What word reflects my intentions for 2014?
Reach. Reach out to those who can help keep me healthy and keep my brain and body functioning properly; reach for resources that can help with grants for my work and help with the publishing process; reach for the sky, but keep at least one foot on the ground for balance.
Readers, how about you?