Picture five things you want in your life, whether they are people, goals, experiences or things. How will reaching your small goals today help you achieve those dreams, too?
1. Healthy living - this one is a bit of a no-brainer, if you ask me. The small goals I set, reach, and modify to improve now (like eating healthier, ridding my body of unnecessary weight, being physically active, etc) will ensure healthy living. Keeping up with the eventual lifestyle is the overall ambition..."I think I can, I think I can, I think I can"...some day I'll be there and my "I think I can mantra" will become "I knew I could!"
2. Organization - At home and at work - this is essential. I'm a list maker, whether it's a cleaning to-do list, a classroom task list or a simple shopping list, I'd be lost without my lists! I am much happier and actually feel more accomplished when everything is in it's own place and the list is completely checked off. I'm even the type that will add a completed task to tht to-do list just to make sure I don't forget that I've already done it! I'm THAT easily distracted. Like going to the kitchen to re-heat my forgotten about cup of coffee just to find the dishwasher needs unloading, the laundry needs switching to the dryer, trash needs to be taken out...yes, I've re-heated my coffee, but with everything else, have forgotten it's still in the microwave...time to re-heat it AGAIN! I don't know how many times I've found my morning coffee in the microwave when I'm preparing dinner...ugh! Hahaha!
3. Career - My husband is Air Force, the last 18 years have been all about HIS career, and mine has barely begun. I am currently a second year high school math teacher. Being in the classroom is NOT where I want to be. I think I'm good at it (because I strive to be good at everything I do), but I can't say that I enjoy it
I want a career that is more fulfilling in education. Yes, I know I am making a difference in these kids' lives...but I want to make MORE of an impact. I would love to be in involved with curriculum development beyond the classroom. I have two exams that I need to take in the spring that will give me the "Professional" teaching certificate, then I will be more on my way in the world of education (I am alternatively certified as of now, I got my Master's first then took the state certification exam; instead of student teaching). It just so happens that my girls' school district is looking for a Director of Curriculum...as soon as I'm "qualified" I'm getting my resume in! This is what I call a career goal! It would certainly help me when it's time for hubby to retire and it can be all about MY career for a bit!
4. Retirement - and not just reaching the age of retirement. I want a REAL retirement period in my life. I do not want to have to work into my elder years. I want to be able to enjoy retirement. My father-in-law is my inspiration for what I want out of retirement. He has worked very hard and EARNED his "old-age playtime" and will never have to "work" again. He has earned three retirements; his last "career" was spent working in his hobby field as a metallurgist...life can't get much better than that...can it?
5. Success - In everything mentioned above. I expect a lot of hurdles along the way...who wouldn't? But with strong determination, I know every goal I set for myself (and my family) can be reached. I know it can!