My Goals for the Summer

I'm linking up with Monica from
to talk about my goals for the upcoming summer. 
My summer will officially begin on June 13th, since my last day at school will be the 12th and I am officially ready. I'm loving my time with my students this year, but I am ready to get sun-kissed as I lay by the pool and read some new books. 
So what are my goals for summer? 
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!

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. 



  1. Hi Rachel!

    Oh my goodness! Your blog is as cute as a button! Thank you so much for linky up to my first ever Linky Party! I am hoping you will be able to link up throughout the summer... although it sounds like you are in for a super busy couple of months!

    Here's wishing you lots of sun for your days by the pool and a stress-free move!


  2. Hi I found your blog through the link-up!

    My husband and I recently moved and I was able to purge before hand. It felt so good! The move felt easier knowing that what we were taking only what we needed. I let friends and family have first pick of items we no longer needed too so it felt good to know it was benefiting others as well.

    Best of luck on meeting all your summer goals and with the future move!

    The Chalkboard Garden

  3. I LOVE these goals. Especially #1 :D

    Maren @ Malimo Mode

  4. What great goals! Enjoy your summer!

  5. Sounds like a busy summer but FUN!


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