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Five Minute Friday – Reflect

I’m once again participating in Five Minute Friday over at


This week’s prompt is REFLECT:

Although this is a natural time of the year to begin looking forward – to the new year, to a new semester and to new goals, it is also a time to REFLECT on the past – the past year, the past semester and my past goals.  I am often very hard on myself when I reflect.  I tend to focus on the things that didn’t happen, the things that didn’t go well, the things that were not achieved.  I need to make sure that I also include all the things that DID happen, the things that DID go well and the things that DID get achieved.

This past year has been a hard one.  This semester began almost immediately after losing my mom.  And prior to that, the summer was spent dealing with her illness, her inability to find good care, and her constant pain and suffering.  Almost right after the semester began, we discovered that my daughter’s heart is not working as well as it once was.  So, reflecting on that, I am happy that I made it through this semester without too much loss of time or teaching.  I am happy that I DID get to do some fun things with my daughter.  I am happy that I DID achieve some goals I had for staying up with grading better (not great, but better).  I am happy that our Speech and Debate team had a great semester and I was able to be an active part of that.

When I reflect on the last half of this year, I am both sad and satisfied.  I am both disappointed and hopeful.  I am both anxious and confident.  I am both reflective and forward-looking.

Mostly, I am extremely excited about a new year of opportunities!


That’s it.  What about you?  Reflect!


Countdown to 2015 – FIVE!


Five days until 2015 rolls into town.  It seems like the years go by in the blink of an eye.  I know that is quite cliche, but it is true for the most part.  I don’t feel like I’ve lived five years since coming home from the hospital with Bean and her new heart, but I have.  I can’t think of a New Year’s Resolution that I’ve really been able to keep in all those years.  I never was much good at keeping them, and now it seems like the possibility is nil. So, instead of making “resolutions,” I’m going to simply establish some things I’d like to do/be in 2015.  Five things…to go along with this countdown.

First, I would like to read more books.  I’ve been saying this for years.  The laptop has created a vortex of reading for me.  I only read blog posts and articles online for the most part.  But, I used to be a voracious reader.  I remember when I was little, I would sneak a flashlight into my room at night so I could read under my covers after lights out.  I carried a book everywhere with me.  I loved to read.  The library was one of my favorite places.  I still love the library, but I don’t give myself the focused time necessary to read books.  But, this year, I am setting a goal to once again become a reader.  Perhaps not voracious, but a regular reader.

In order to do that, I will have to do number two – get off my computer!  I have to really force myself to do this.  I get sucked in.  And I feel like I will miss something.  But, in reality, I am missing other things while on the computer.  So, for the new year, I’m going to institute a no-screen time in my life each day.  It will have to vary according to my schedule, but for at least three hours a day, while awake, I will be screen-free.  This will give me time to read, play with my DD, watch TV without the distraction of the laptop in front of me, etc.  This is something that is truly going to take discipline – something I often lack – but, I’m going to work at it.

So, the first of five goals for 2015 is to read more books and less online.  I love reading blogs and such, but I want to make time of other types of reading as well!