Friday, January 2, 2015

Future Me

With a new year comes resolutions. One of my resolutions this year is to blog at least once a week...and let's just say that new year's resolutions usually start of strong in the beginning (this is my second post of the new year). With that being said, I want to share a website that I like to use in my classroom with students when we set goals. It just might help with my new year's resolutions. 

The website is called (there is also an app). The way it works is you write a letter to your future self, set a date (at least 30 days out) in which you want to receive the letter. It's as simple as that. Today, I received the letters my students wrote at the beginning of the second quarter! 

A few tips: 

1. Always have students use your email address. You have to verify the email address, and I found that students don't always do this when it is sent to them. It's not much work just click on the link they send you. Once I receive the letter I will print them or forward them to the students. 

2. Have students include their name in the subject line. That way as you verify the email address you can check off students that have sent their letter to the future. It took me a couple of times of having students not receive a letter to learn this little trick. Such a simple thing. 

3. MOST IMPORTANT make sure they change the year to 2015! It automatically defaults a year out. I can't wait to see what letters I receive in August of 2015:) 

4. Last, we always use private. 

It's always exciting seeing all of the emails show up in my inbox! Reflecting on one quarter and setting new goals, a great way to begin each quarter.  

I'm glad I received these today, because I was looking for a way to keep track of my 2015 resolutions, and tada it hit me!  I'm going to write my goals and have them sent to me every 3 months to see how I'm doing. What's your plan for sticking to those new year's resolutions you created? 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Currently

Happy New Year! I'm starting the year off by linking up with Farley for her January Currently.

Listening: I'm currently listening to the local news. It's part of my evening routine (even on winter break). If I miss the news I just feel like something is missing. Weird, I know, but I like to stay caught up with what's going on in the city (good and bad). 

Loving: I'm LOVING every minute of winter break! We haven't gotten out much, trying to avoid catching the flu, but we've had a BLAST hanging out in the house; camped out in the living room.  

Thinking: I'm thinking about going back to work on Monday. BOO!!! I love my job, but this break has been so peaceful and relaxing! I hadn't realized until this year how relaxing winter break could be.  Mainly because I didn't let the stress of the holidays get to me. Yea me!!! 

Wanting: I'm wanting some really good chocolate right about now! I have some M & Ms and Kit-Kats, but I'm wanting a nice gourmet cupcake, or a slice of chocolate cheese cake from the Cheesecake Factory. I might just have to treat myself tomorrow. 

Needing: I'm needing to get the majority of my grades complete before going back to work. I would like to spend my work day organizing and planning. You know getting ahead, wouldn't that be nice?! 

Yes, I will run/walk six 5k races this year! The first one will be the Diva Dash in March, I have to wait for the weather to warm up a bit. 

Maybe, I'll start taking master's classes this year. I've started and stopped, maybe this will be the year I  get it done! 

I wish I could end the year debt free! That is truly wishful thinking, I still have some years on my student loans. 

There you have it my currently January 2015! What are you currently up to this New Year? You can link up here. Enjoy the first weekend of 2015!