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It's been a super busy year and I have not had a lot of "down time" and boy oh, boy, am I ready for it. We're currently in the sea of testing and this time of year always wipes me out. When I wake up on June 13th, I'm going to grab my swimsuit, a good book, and head out to the pool. It will take me a couple of weeks to decompress, but I'm really looking forward to that "me" time. My goal is to finish a book a week, and no, I don't want any of them to be professional books. This time is about ME!
ENJOY MY SURROUNDINGS
This will be our last summer in Virginia and I feel like we have so much more to explore. We arrived here in 2010 and know that we'll be headed to a new location next year, though we won't know where for quite some time. I want to enjoy all of the surrounding area while we are still here. We have explored the area quite a bit in these past five years, but I feel like we have so much more to see. The Outer Banks is at the top of my list, and I really want to explore Charlottesville. I'd also like to make it to DC one more time since I have no idea how long it will be before we're in this area again, if ever.
Like most teachers, I have a lot on my plate. I also have a hard time saying no when it comes to teaching, tutoring, blogging, creating, you name it. I can be my own worst enemy when it comes to putting too much on my plate. Over the summer, I really want to regain my focus and identify my needs v. wants in all aspects of my life. I've got a habit for biting off a little more than I can chew and writing to-do lists 100 tasks long. I'm hoping to get better at this and let go of some little things so that I can put more focus on the big things. I want to make it so that summer is not the only time I can squeeze in "me" time. I hate to sound like an old woman, but life passes by quickly, and I don't want to look back and say that I spent too much time working on things that weren't worth the time I took away from those who are important to me. I want to get out and enjoy everything that life has to offer without feeling like I should be doing something else.
When you know a move is on the horizon, even if it's a year away, it really helps you to evaluate the things that you have accumulated. Between my clothes, books, files of papers, and just all-around teaching STUFF, I need to do a serious purge so that I am not packing things that I no longer need. I'm pretty sure the new teachers in my building and the people at the Goodwill are really going to like me by the end of the summer!
If I can accomplish these four goals, I think I'll be starting the next school year on a positive note and much less weight on my shoulders. Either way, I look forward to all that my "summer future" holds.