Learning to Drive

High School English Teacher - Avid Book/Theater Nerd - Amateur Runner - Learning to Drive through my 20somethings


Obligatory Resolution Posts

I love NYE, but not because of the socially excusable night of heavy drinking and debauchery - although who doesn’t love a little of that? The truth is, I love a good resolution. Fitting in with my “Type A” mixed with highly reflective personality, goal setting for me is super addicting. In the past, I’ve notoriously been better at the actual goal setting than the follow through, but I think that’s something I’ve gotten better at. So here we go! How did I fare with my former NYE, 2012 self?

“Resolutions for 2013
50 books challenge - failed this last year, only made it to the 30’s. This year…I’m going to try again. If at first you don’t succeed…”Well, I failed with that yet again. I could make excuses about how the irony of being an English teacher is that the love that drew you to the profession is the love you have significantly less time and energy for, but I won’t. Truth is, I had more time to read than I took advantage of, and spent it doing other things.

"Run a half marathon - lofty goal…but I’d like to try one maybe in October?"MWAHAHA - I RAN TWO. Count ‘em. Two. Amazeballs.

"Write every day in my gratuity journal."Yeah, no. Wasn’t even close.

"Write more often in general - I’ve gotten two awesome journals this year. I plan on using them."I didn’t.

"Reach my first goal weight. It’s 10 lbs heavier than my ultimate goal weight. That will be one for 2014. "I did this! But didn’t keep it off for long. December was my “fat n happy” month. Weight loss and living life at the same time is really hard to do, and one thing 2013 taught me is that there is more to life than weight.

"Make decisions involving the following:
Career - Stay at my current district? Apply elsewhere?”…..stayyyy???

"Education - Am I going to continue going back to school after I receive my post-bac? Will I apply to other programs?"Yup. Summer, baby.

"Life - Where do I want to live?"Oh god I have no idea.

" 7. Be nicer to boys this year." I was defintiely nicer, but there’s definitely still room for improvement here. #singlewhiteindependentfemaleproblems

”8. Take my GRE’s.”…whoops

”9. Save $10,000.”I did! Then spent a big chunk of it.. Life - it’s for the living.

”10. Travel more often - Austin, NYC, Virginia, California….among others”NYC and VA, yes. California and Austin will have to wait until 2014.

”11. Get back into theater. ”Didn’t….don’t wanna. SO many other things in life.

So where does that put me? I’d say about 50/50 success rate, give or take. I can deal with that.

ALRIGHT! 2014:

1. Reach my ultimate goal weight. It’s about 20 pounds from where I am now. LET’S DO THIS.
2. Read 50 books. Let’s try doing this again. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…so here’s what I’ll do differently this year: I got an amazon prime account and an iPad for Christmas which I’m in LOVE with, so I can download some e-books for free. I hate e-books, but it looks like this train ain’t slowin’ down. Also, I discovered audible.com because I loved listening to some non-fiction memoirs while driving and such, so that should help a bit.
3. DO OTHER THINGS THAN RUN - I know its my old faithful exercise, but jeez come on. I learned this year that I have like no upper body strength. W’re gonna fix that. I think I may dedicate January o the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred? Try some spin, yoga maybe? I need some variety.
4. Not count calories this whole year - in a moment of clarity this year I discovered I was doing it as a compulsion. This year, I will listen to my body, and feed it well.
5. Run a m-m-ma-martahon. Yikes.

And I think thats it! 5 is enough. 2013 taught me a lot, and I can honestly say for the first time I’m happy - not because of my life or the people in it, which is always subject to transition and ups and downs, but because of myself. I am my own best friend. And I love myself. I have great friends, a loving and supportive family, a good job, and a pretty whole soul. I’d like to be less jealous in 2014 and a little less hard on myself…but I’m trusting that this time next year, win or lose on these resolutions, I’ll be good.



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Highlights from the past 5 months of inactivity:

1. Family Vacation - Cruiseimage

2. Philly Rock and Roll Half - First half marathon….EVER

image3. Half Marathon #2 - Philly Half….shaved off fifteen minutes!

image#4. Teaching - This year is so much harder in so many ways but so much better…mostly because I am so much better. Things I’ve learned - organization, planning ahead, and taking advantage of all of the minutes of my workday help with overall happiness 

#5. PR’d - Today at a Turkey Trott I accomplished a lifetime goal - under 30 minute 5K….I clocked in at 29’15. Joy.

#6 - Friendcation - Another bucket list item…Went to the Food and Wine fest in Epcot - easily one of the best days of my life


And kid, you’ve got to love yourself. You’ve got wake up at four in the morning, brew black coffee, and stare at the birds drowning in the darkness of the dawn. You’ve got to sit next to the man at the train station who’s reading your favorite book and start a conversation. You’ve got to come home after a bad day and burn your skin from a shower. Then you’ve got to wash all your sheets until they smell of lemon detergent you bought for four dollars at the local grocery store. You’ve got to stop taking everything so goddam personally. You are not the moon kissing the black sky. You’ve got to compliment someones crooked brows at an art fair and tell them that their eyes remind you of green swimming pools in mid July. You’ve got to stop letting yourself get upset about things that won’t matter in two years. Sleep in on Saturday mornings and wake yourself up early on Sunday. You’ve got to stop worrying about what you’re going to tell her when she finds out. You’ve got to stop over thinking why he stopped caring about you over six months ago. You’ve got to stop asking everyone for their opinions. Fuck it. Love yourself, kiddo. You’ve got to love yourself.

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