So, I now choose to look ahead. I'm going to take what I've learned and connected with in 2016 to build an incredible 2017. To do this, I am embracing one little word for 2017: priorities
Perhaps I am technically cheating with this whole one little word idea. So many great beginnings happened for me in 2016. To see them through and accomplish what I've started, I have to consistently keep my priorities at the forefront. Those priorities fall under three main aspects of my life: health, writing, and relationships.
2016 was a milestone year for my health. I finally decided to go under the knife
|April 2016, four days post surgery|
So, I am going to keep health as one of my three priorities. I greatly miss being an avid triathlete and Crossfitter. These are two aspects of my identity that I have not prioritized in a couple years. Needless to say, I have really felt that hole. Now that my hip is fixed, I can once again prioritize one of my deep loves in life: being an athlete. How will I do this? Since being an athlete is not something new to me, I'm fortunate in that I already know what works. For me, committing to 30-60 minutes of physical activity every weekday and 60-120 minutes every weekend day is a doable goal for starters. I've achieved this, and much more in the past, so I know it is something I can prioritize again moving forward.
|Kari and me at the Stenhouse booth at|
NCTE 2016 in Atlanta this November
Therefore, in 2017, writing is going to be one of my biggest priorities. Simply put, books do not write themselves. The only way to write a book is to sit down and actually write. Plus, in addition to co-writing our book, I also am committed to keeping up The Teacher Triathlete, writing in my classroom with my students, and working on some other writing projects. This takes time- a lot of time. So, writing has to be a huge priority. My goal is to write for at least an hour a day or at a minimum- 7 hours each week.
|My brother, parents, best friend since high school, and |
her kiddos who call me Auntie Chris. December 2016
So, since both of my loves are mostly time consuming independent endeavors, I must prioritize how I spend my relationship time with those I love. After all, at the end of life, no one ever says they wish they worked more or spent more time exercising. Most say they wished they spent more quality time with loved ones.
|Auntie Chris' kiddos: How could|
I not prioritize these faces?
My final priority for 2017 will be to foster the healthy and loving relationships I have now and only make room for healthy, positive new relationships to come. Since my first two priorities are mostly time consuming solo endeavors, I will make a larger effort in 2017 to prioritize those who are closest to me. This means more car time to see those close and more phone time to connect those far way.
2016, I bid you farewell. Thank you for all that you have given me both health-wise and professionally. It's now time that I give back and keep my one little word at the forefront of everything I do. My priorities will be everything to me in the coming year: health, writing, and relationships. Despite the overall sadness and eye opening insanity that encompassed 2016 on a larger scale, it will always be a year of new beginnings for me. 2016 helped me realize my priorities in life. For that, I will be forever grateful.
My one little word may have turned into three bigger words, but that's ok. Alas, none of those words have anything to do with following rules or staying within boundaries! Here's to a year ahead of priorities: health, writing, and fulfilling relationships.
Happy New Year, Friends!