When I was running today, I was thinking about my #nurture1314 post I did at the very end of last year, to try to focus me on specific goals. I thought I’d do a “mid year review” to see where I am up to!
1- Do not be late with gifts!
- This was going well until I ordered flowers for my mum’s 60th last weekend and was in such a rush I didn’t check the delivery address, needless to say I ended up with a lovely floral display which was meant for my mum…bad daughter.
2- Practise what I preach.
- Continuing to do this, with a smile. I have had a few wobbles along the way but someone always reminds me MINDSET! So continuing with this one and I need to think carefully and ensure I do practise what I preach.
3- Eat better.
- Hmm. I am eating better, I have to say. I also gave up Pepsi Max for Lent and haven’t had any since so I suppose this is
4- Have more cherry bomb cocktails in Madame Koo’s. They’re the best!
- I have sampled plenty of these, but my new “best” is Aperol Spritz at Rockliffe Hall. They ARE the best!
5- Attend as many TeachMeets as I can- and be brave enough to present at some of them too!
- I have been to plenty and have made some lovely “teachmeet” friends. Not only have I presented at them, I have also encouraged others from my school to share their ideas which I have loved doing. I think I have also gained a lot of confidence presenting at these events and no longer feel the fear/ dread/ nervousness I did in January when I presented to my own school staff. I think this goal has really helped me also fit into my job role at school better and has also made me realise I speaking in public is nothing to fear and that it is a great opportunity.
6- Switch all devices off at bedtime…
7- Gardening- sort it out!
- This needs work- I intended to do loads this week but I need the nasty rain to stop…
8- Fun days out- have as many as we can, including weekends away.
- My weekends and holidays have been one non stop fun day out, this is why my garden needs doing…. I feel like I am barely in the house sometimes as I make the most of the weekends and school holidays, visiting friends, relatives, hotel breaks, cabins, farms, park, beach, seaside and best of all, garden antics. My little boy has just turned 2 so we have many fun memories to look forward to.
9- Remain calm and organised.
- This is another one where I feel I have made massive steps. I had a few wobbles last half term, but managed to keep afloat and keep the calm. Mon 19th May was a day etched on my brain for so many reasons. Y9 reports due (7 classes!!), Y7 Creative Arts Evening (which I organised as there was “nothing” on that day….) BTEC Music Unit 1 Exam and I also presented at an internal teachmeet. The weekend before was spent in a remote lodge with intermittent WIFI and no phone reception but the careful planning I had put in before the weekend meant despite being a stressful day on paper, it was actually really enjoyable and I really felt like I’d achieved something when I got home at the end of the day.
10- Rehearse my piano pieces I enjoy playing- for pleasure.
- Continuing to FAIL on this one too…
11- Keep trying new teaching ideas I find and like.
- Yes, definitely doing this but also consolidating the ones that are working well and embedding them properly.
12- TRY to get back into running- living at the top of a massive hill is the biggest deterrent to this!
- Massive success with this, so feel I don’t mind that I am totally failing on my piano goal (although I do really). I am running the Great North Run in September after getting a ballot place, running 3/4 times per week and up to 8 miles in my training runs. I have also joined a running club and relish my run time as time to reflect, think and devise. I have seen some amazing views of Durham, enjoyed running in the rain and have signed up to do proper event runs again, something I haven’t done in over 10 years. My neighbour is also an avid runner and keeps me motivated with little tips like “EXCUSES ARE NO EXCUSE”. My lovely friend Natalie is also a similar speed runner to me so we use Sundays to run a bit longer, chat and enjoy it! I am loving my running again and I am glad I took the first steps to get back into it again. Maybe I will do a marathon next year….
13- Keep smiling no matter what.
- I have had a few tears and wobbles but I always smile for the better, in the end.
14- Read, read, read, read, read!
- Because of number 11, I have more time to develop and plan and also READ. I am always looking for more reading time, this time is valuable. I have learnt so much from what I have read this year so far, and I’m about to unleash it onto my department next week. So much to read, so little time.
Well, so far so good. If I can get some piano playing in then I will be a bit happier but all in all, 6 months in, it’s looking and feeling pretty good!
How are YOU doing?