With 2015 having come to an end, I'm pretty satisfied with what I have accomplished personally and professionally. I had what I feel like was my strongest year of teaching, I finished the course requirements that I need to sit for the BCBA exam, I got to take some really cool trips and do things I have really wanted to do. I have gotten so much better at standing up for myself and being unapologetic about who I am and stating what I need/want. On top of all that, I even got around to starting my TPT and blog! Definitely a year of growth.
I'm thinking about what I want from the upcoming year. 2015 was definitely a year of setting the foundation for some really big goals.
Goal #1: Get to a size I feel comfortable with
I'm a little embarrassed that my first goal is something vain and not anything related to ending world hunger or curing cancer. Sorry. The only time I have ever been successful at losing weight was about 9 years ago when I was in undergrad, living at home. That all change with teaching, grad school, getting married, moving from home, and the list goes on and on. I was really angry at myself when I gained weight, but I finally realize how ridiculous it was to get annoyed at myself when I had accomplished so many great things that far exceed a number. I don't care about getting to the weight I was pre-teaching. However, I would love to get down to the size that my body is most comfortable at, I can move most easily, and I feel strongest and most energetic.
Goal #2: Have an opportunity to lead
To be honest, I'm not sure exactly what this means at the current moment. I never saw myself as a leader type, but since I have been feeling confident enough in my knowledge to help others in teaching get where they want to be. I was thinking I could do that as some sort of mentor/coach/adviser sort of thing? I'm not quite sure how I will get to that point at the present moment, but I have 360 some odd days to figure it out.
Goal #3: Officially become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
This may sound easier said that done, but it's been a bumpier road to becoming certified than I would have imagined. On top of doing the whole grad school while teaching thing, there have been some barriers getting in the way and it's taken me longer to get the requirements done than I would have hoped it would. That's not the hard part, since the test is apparently brutal and studying for it can be a part time job in itself. It will be tough, but I know it's going to a huge accomplishment once I am certified!