I realize typically I write one post per day, but with it being the last day of the month, I think an extra one is in order. This year’s New Year’s Resolution was to introduce something new into my life on a daily basis. Of course, sometimes these are small and seemingly insignificant while other times they push me into uncharted territory. Regardless, unlike most people when it comes to resolutions, so far I’ve kept it up. And it has been a blast.
It’s so unbelievable how much each day is made more interesting and enjoyable by adding something new to it. Additionally, many times I’ve found myself trying more than one new thing in a day just because it is now a mindset and a personal challenge. The really interesting thing is how much this challenge has helped me to enjoy every day’s small pleasures. It’s caused me to slow down and really look for ways to enjoy life and my family more. It’s pushing me to be a better teacher by helping me consider new things to bring to the classroom and helping me to inspire my students to take more risks even when it is uncomfortable.
So far I’ve enjoyed or attempted the following new things: baking a sweet potato, playing a soccer video game with my oldest son, tried sponge painting nails, ate at Mountain Fried Chicken, told a family member I love them, watching The Big Kahuna, planked, made bacon cheeseburger casserole, had a “yes” day, read a new book, attended and volunteered at a jewelry regional rally, made apple cinnamon oatmeal in the slow cooker, built a fort with my youngest son, hid dollar bills in a dollar store, heard a testimony from a woman who had escaped a violent relationship and rebuilt her life, made homemade playdoh, took a probiotic, painted my own new coffee mug (which I picked up today and it is fabulous!), ate desserts all day, ate a crab quesadilla, saw my youngest son jump for the first time, read my grandfather’s stories from childhood, taught one day without speaking, tried a blackberry wine cupcake, attended my friend’s grand opening, volunteered with my oldest son at a homeless shelter, tried fried pickles, made vegan cupcakes with agave syrup, listened to and watched a Daft Punk music video, watched my oldest son sign autographs and be recognized as a member of a college baseball team, used a homemade facial mask, and received a piece of art made especially for me. Not a bad month at all!