“When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”
~ Napoleon Hill
In the wake of a new year and the old one far behind, we get especially introspective, wondering how 2018 can be outdone by 2019. Yearly vision boards, new year resolutions, and weekly and monthly plans are depended on to keep us on track—that is mostly if we don’t fall off the wagon along the way. So, what do you look to gain this year?
For 2019 to best 2018, we have to make some changes. Immediately, there is the thought of “what can I do more?” What can be changed, incorporated, or taken up as a challenge? This does not necessarily mean doing something outlandish. The year is what we make it; and one of the best ways to amaze in 2019, is to do all the things that benefit you and watch the glow up. Enrich your life with those things of meaning, purpose, and well-being. If it makes you a better person, helps others, and instead of harming, improves, that’s what you want to do. There are a few of these on my list of things to-do more of this year.
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Travel is a boundary-pusher, so I have discovered. It certainly puts you on a learning curve. The more I travel, the more I learn about myself and the world. There is no other way that I would enjoy learning. More than that, traveling is simply fun. Each place presents a new story that I can take with me where ever I go, and this year, I have already lined up a few destinations.
Although, I am still an avid reader, before college, I was if I do admit, a bit obsessive. I would buy a book and finish it on the same day. And I loved it! Currently, I have gotten out of this good habit and want to get back to checking off the many books on my list. More than a skill, reading is a great way to escape in the comfort of your own bed (or couch 😉).
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Simply put, I want to do something out of the ordinary. I don’t want to get stuck in anything repetitive, or old habits. I want to be willing to take risks and have others wonder, at least once, "what is she going to do next."
Teachers must keep learning too. We have our trainings for the subjects that we teach, but for other academic interests, we must take those upon ourselves. In the technological age, it is easy to gain access to study material, leaving no excuses for anyone to not explore self-education. In the absence of a formal classroom, there are tutorials and tutors, information, and aids. I want to delve more into classical studies and art history. For these subjects, in particular, it is easy enough with the plethora of primary sources
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Can you believe that I am not even conversational in Mandarin after living in China for over a year now?! I thought I would be at least somewhat fluent by now, but it is easier said than done. I have discovered that unlike Latin studies, I need to take Mandarin at a slower pace. Mandarin makes up for Latin’s numerous grammar rules with tones and characters. I would really like to achieve some level of conversational Mandarin this year, as well as review my Spanish.
Stay Focused and Organized
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a tad (okay... very much) OCD. Everything must have their place, neat and in order. Still, while being OCD, there are many things I am interested in which causes various diversions. I am never working on just one thing individually or consecutively. I want to remain committed to my schedule and accomplish tasks in given orders without running off to other tasks.
2018 was your progress report. 2019 your time to act. How will you add to your 2019 to make it a better year? By writing my to-do list out publicly, I’m hoping to be more accountable to it.
Is there anything on my list that you would also like to do this year? Perhaps, you have a few of your own that you would like to share? Go ahead! I hope we all accomplish great things this year!