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Letting Go

I am an early riser.
Morning is my favourite time of the day.
During the school year, I’m up at 5:00 or earlier.
On weekends and holidays, I cut myself a little slack and set my alarm for 5:30 or 6:00.

The point is that I’m an early riser.

I get my best work done in the early morning. I answer emails, write, read (mostly for my doctoral program), and assess student papers all while having my first (and usually only) cup of coffee.

The house is quiet.
The promise of a new and improved day is palpable.
I feel at peace with myself.

And, then the dogs start barking…but that’s another story.

During the past week, while we’ve been on a family vacation, I did not set my alarm or get up earlier than 8:30 in the morning. I didn’t plan it this way. It just happened and I enjoyed “sleeping in”.

This morning was a different story.

I woke up at 5:30 and felt fully awake and rested.

Should I get up or just lie in bed for another hour or two?

Was I done with getting up at the crack of dawn now that I was back home?

It didn’t take long for me to decide. I felt awake and happy. My vacation sleep had rejuvenated me. It was time to get up.

I made myself some coffee.

I turned on my computer (I hadn’t used it for over a week) and decided it was time to start my New Year’s resolution early: “let go of what’s not working”.

I have already made this resolve public on Twitter and am now making a commitment on my blog; this SOL is one of my first attempts to practise my resolution.

Confused? Wondering what writing a SOL has to do with letting go of what’s not working? I would be too if I were you. Well, it’s quite simple really. When Tuesday rolls around I lament, regret and feel like a failure because I didn’t post my SOL for yet another week. Well, I’m letting go of those negative feelings and I’m making time to write a SOL every week.

It feels good.

My first official act of letting go.

Cross-posted to Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life.

  

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New Year’s Resolutions Redux

I know.  I know.  A lot of bloggers have been writing about their New Year’s Resolutions.  Some even did it right before the new year and some right on the first of January.  This post might be a bit late in the stream.  A Johnny come lately, of sorts.

Nevertheless, by posting my resolutions and making them public, I intend to be accountable to myself. So, I am doing this for me.  By going public, I am making a commitment to myself to carry them through.

It always amazes me how easy it is to commit to something in the relative calm of a break from school.  Once I’m back in the classroom I start to fall behind.  But, I don’t want to use the excuse of being too busy as a reason for not following through on my resolve.

I want to build stamina so I know each resolution listed below won’t become a habit right away.  I will try not to beat myself over the head if I do fall behind, which is inevitable.  I will pick myself up and recommit to what I want to accomplish this year.

Elisa’s New Year’s Resolutions, not in order of priority:

#1 – Write every day.
#2 – Read and comment on a research article related to my doctoral study, every day.
#3 – Read 100 professional books and/or novels during the year.  (This is through GoodReads.)
#4 – Be an advocate for myself.  Decide what I want and go after it!
#5 – Get on an exercise schedule 2x/week.
#6 – Watch what I eat, including portions.
#7 – Post weekly on my blog(s).
#8 – Practice mindfulness in everything I do.

Not earth shattering.  In fact, some have been on my New Year’s resolutions list every year.  Sometimes I’ve made headway and sometimes I just lose the list, literally and figuratively, after the first couple of weeks in January.  I’m determined to do better this time around.  I’ll report out about how I’m doing as the year goes on to motivate myself and to keep me honest.

Feel free to comment about your own resolutions and don’t hesitate to give me feedback on mine!

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful year!

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