Thursday, December 27, 2012

2013 Resolution Solution Linky Party

Here's to a wonderful 2013 for everyone!  As we look forward to ushering in the New Year, we're all setting those {dreaded} resolutions.  You may be one of those who says, "I never set resolutions." But, we all know you're setting them in your head....you're just not making them public.  How do I know this?  Well, I might just be one of those people.  Or was.  You see, if you remember back to the beginning of the school year, I hosted a New {School}Year Resolutions Linky.  My thoughts were that if I actually posted my resolutions on my blog where people would actually read them that my readers {yes, YOU} would hold me accountable for them.  Now, I know that you really didn't care if I was working past 7:00pm, but you see, in the back of my mind, I just thought one of you might call me out on it and therefore, I thought twice about it {or at least, I thought twice about leaving a trail of evidence that I was working past 7:00pm}.

So there.  I'm claiming to have found the SOLUTION to keeping those New Year's RESOLUTIONS - post them publicly on your blog so that your readers can hold you accountable....or at least put that fear in your head! ;)

If you linked up with my New {School} Year Resolutions Linky, you can follow up on those resolutions and let us know how you're doing, or you can set NEW resolutions - school related or personal!  If you didn't link up back in the fall, this is your chance to jump in with us!  Let's all hold each other accountable!


Just post the button below on your blog, linked back to this post so others can link up their resolutions, too!  I've made it easy for you...just copy and paste the code below the button!

Teaching Maddeness
My Resolutions:

For School:
I must say that I've done pretty well with my New {School} Year Resolutions.  I've been trying to remember to take more pictures, I've kept my desk fairly clean, I've said "no" to others to keep the focus on my students, and I've attempted to work smarter instead of harder.  I really think putting these resolutions into writing have helped!  So, here are my New Year Resolutions (on more of a personal level).

Personal:
1. Stick to Running - As soon as I get on a roll with my running, something happens and I "take a break."  Often this is because my mom (my running buddy) has other commitments and can't hit the gym with me, but I need to make it happen!  Even if she can't go, that's not a reason for me to slack.  My goal (gulp...I can't believe I'm putting this into writing) is to be able to run a half-marathon by this summer!  Notice I didn't say actually RUN one...just that I could if I wanted to.....13.2 miles.  The farthest I've ran so far is 6.5 miles, and I'm sure I can't even do that at the moment, so I have some work to do!!

2. Be More Involved in Charitable Organizations - I donate monetarily, but I really would like to donate in other ways (such as time).  Even if it's just during the summer when I actually have a little time.  I would like to get my kiddos involved in helping charities, as well.  It really is important to take a moment to realize how blessed WE are and to help those who are in need. 

Blogging:
I've done pretty well posting 2-3 times per week, which was my goal since this is my first year as a blogger.  However, I have not been very good at READING and keeping up with others blogs.

1. Find a System for Reading Blogs that Works for Me!  - I usually use Feedler on my iPhone, but I follow hundreds of blogs so I become easily overwhelmed with reading all of them!  I'm one of those people who likes to see her inboxes cleaned out, so I usually get flustered and delete many of them before I even get to them.  I tried subscribing by email to some of my favorites so I could at least keep up with those on a regular basis, but I never received anything.  Maybe that email address blocked them?  I think I'll give this another shot with a different address.  I know I'm missing many great ideas!

That's it.  I'm only adding a couple to my list so that I can realistically achieve them!  I'm counting on you to keep me accountable.  When you post a comment on one of my posts, add, "How far did you run today?"

Link up so I can stalk and annoy you about your resolutions, too!! :)


20 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I'm going to link up as soon as I finish some after Christmas shopping! I'm hoping to find some good deals!!!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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  2. Great idea. I look forward to linking up. Have you tried google reader? I like that they disappear as I scroll passed them. I also like that I can star ones I want to find again easily. Sometimes, I read a great idea and then can't remember where I saw it. The stars help me with that.

    -Mercedes
    Surfing to Success

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  3. GOOD LUCK RUNNING:) My goal is to run in a half marathon this summer. i haven't picked one yet though because I can't find anyone to do it with me! AHH! Well, I might be doing it alone;)


    We are ALL Special!

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  4. I excel at "taking a break" from running! I need to get started this winter, so it will be more enjoyable in the spring :) Like Mercedes recommended, I love using Google Reader. You can scroll down the page and read posts in the order they were posted... or, when your feed gets backed up, you can click on your favorite blogs in the sidebar and just see those posts. On my iPhone, I use the app "Newsify." It syncs with Google Reader and helps me to catch up on the go. I just mark a post as "unread" if I want to comment on it once I'm back on my computer. I look forward to linking up with you!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  6. Great minds think alike! I have a little New Year's Resolutions linky on my blog going on, but I like how you've included personal and blogging goals as well. I might have to go back and add those to my post! I'm your newest follower!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

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  7. Great idea! Cannot wait to link up!

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  9. I'm linked up! Now I'm having a blast snooping around your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine!

    Meg
    www.fourthgradestudio.blogspot.com

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  10. Thank you for the great idea! I think it really helped me focus on my goals.

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  11. Love your blog. I too, need to take more photos and figure out a method for reading blogs and getting messages. Let me know if you figure out an easy way.

    ~Traci
    The Bender Bunch

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  12. Great resolutions! As for reading blogs, I use Reeder on my computer (mac). I'm sure there are PC versions of RSS readers that link to Google Reader. It makes it really easy to ready through the feeds.

    What i have learned

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  13. I'm linked up! I'm with you on reading blogs. I love reading them all but it does take so much time! I'm going to check out Google Reader. Thanks for sharing and hosting!
    Gina
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

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  14. I love your linky! I definitely think having my goals out there for my (17) followers and so many other bloggers to read will help me stay focused on achieving them.. even if just the thought of being a resolution failure scares me enough to achieve them! LOL :)

    I need to get to butt running too! I'm supposed to run a half marathon in March, and then again in January 2014 so I need to get moving! I ran a 10K in September without much prep and that one almost kicked my behind! Here's to running and the ability to run 13.2 without collapsing in 2013!:)

    Ashley
    Primary Teacherhood

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  15. Love your blog! I've only been blogging about 2 months, so I'm a newbie. I enjoy reading other "pro" blogs (like yours), so I can improve my own blogging skills and perhaps even a thing or two about teaching (teeheehee)! I hope to link up in the next day or so. I'd also like to invite you to hop by my blog sometime -- http://the-lightbulb-lab.blogspot.com. Thanks again having this Linky Party! Michele

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  16. This is a great idea! I am now following your blog!

    Andrea

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  17. I am officially your newest follower and I'm linked! I love the idea of sharing our goals. I need to stop making excuses for not being at the gym. Sometimes I sit at my desk for an hour after school ends and then I think about what I have accomplished and it's not more than I could've at home AFTER the gym. I think I should add to my resolution to close my door and stay focused. We all love to chit chat at my school and sometimes that can be a bit of a distractor!

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  18. HI! Just joined your linky and your blog! Looking forward to reading more! I am new to blogging so if you have a minute hop on over and check it out! I'd love feedback and another follower! Sounds like you need ONE more to follow right!!!! :)
    Kim
    TheVeryBusyFirstGraders

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  19. Thank you for inviting me to your linky party. I'm hoping that blog follower accoutability helps me keep my resolutions too! Michele @ The Lightbulb Lab

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  20. Happy New Year! I'm trying to spread the word that I'm having my Birthday Giveaway this month. Up for grabs is a $15.00 Starbucks giftcard for every 25 new followers! Hope you'll hop by and register and also help me spread the word! The giveaway ends January 22--My birthday! Thanks again. Michele @ http://the-lightbulb-lab.blogspot.com

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