Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Those of you with children are busy getting them ready to go back to school. I hope they are all eagerly anticipating the start of their journey of exploration and learning. My wish is that they all find joy in the process of learning.
May you all find joy in the beginning of the school year.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
So what are my goals for 2007? Here goes:
- Continue to build on my relationship with DH.
- Stay connected to my family, build these relationships and build new friendships.
- Develop a consistent journaling habit as a way to reflect: blog & book.
- Reevaluate my commitments, be realistic, & be reliable in those I choose to keep.
- Exercise regularly (aerobic and weights) & improve my flexibility (yoga)
- Take care of my health: see the doctor & dentist, change my eating habits, and get down to 150 lbs.
- Continue to decorate and improve our home.
- Clean out the junk in our home & organize: commons, closets, and basement.
- Organize my office.
- Do some financial planning.
- Continue to develop my collaborative teaching techniques.
- Develop my scholarship and refine UG Coordinator role.
1. Get my x-stitch WIP number down to five. My existing WIPS are:
Christmas Tree Mandala
Dragon Virtues Afghan (January – May)
Renaissance Bookmark (TWRR)
Deco Spirit-Fire (Mira- RR)
Michael Powell’s Venice Street Scene
Celestial Scissor Fob (January)
2. Finish all completed needlework.
3. Finish the quilt for Eric.
4. Stitch polar fleece throws.
5. Do all mending and do some home sewing.
6. Learn some more knitting or crocheting and do one project.
The Criteria: Tasks must be specific with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work and growth on my part)
Why 1001 Days?
We often create lists of goals such as New Year's resolutions which we don’t achieve. One reason is that we procrastinate. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.
Start Date: July 25, 2006
End Date: April 20, 2009
Items in bold are completed.
- Have a regular date night with DH
- Call or email my father, Lin & Wilfred once /week In Progress
- Take Erica to the Art Museum
- Teach Eric how to cook
- Teach Eric how to do laundry
- Remember to send out cards every month ( b’days, anniversaries, etc)
- Develop habit of aerobic exercise 3 days/week
- Develop habit of weight training 2 days/week
- Practice yoga or relaxation techniques daily
- Lose weight: target 1=150; target 2 =130
- Take care of my teeth; go to the dentist
- Schedule annual mammogram, gyn, & physical exams
- Redo our walk-in closet
- Redo Erica’s closet
- Power wash & stain deck
- Install a new dishwasher
- Seal basement walls
- Clean out & organize basement
- Refinish Erica’s Dresser
- Build file cabinet
- Organize files in lateral file drawers and new file drawers
- Replace kitchen countertops
- Have mulberry tree cut down and landscape yard
- Have roof replaced
- Make or buy drapes for family room
- Buy dining room furniture - We decided to use the dining room for the pool table
- Buy table & chairs for eat in kitchen area
- Decorate downstairs rooms (Library & Family Room) In Progress
- Decorate upstairs bedrooms In Progress
- Redo Kid’s Bathroom
- Install tile floors on first floor
- Redo powder room
- Replace front outdoor light fixtures
- Cross stitch at least 5 days per week -In Progress
- Finish Dragon Virtues Afghan WIP
- Finish Story Teller WIP
- Finish Dragon Ride WIP
- Finish Stretch WIP
- Finish Autumn Sampler WIP
- Finish Celestial Scissor Fob WIP
- Finish Christmas Tree Mandala WIP
- Finish Renaissance Bookmark (TWRR) WIP
- Finish Deco Spirit-Fire (Mira- RR) WIP
- Finish Michael Powell’s Venice Street Scene WIP
- Finish Michael Powell’s Spanish Cottage
I #2 WIP Finish Mini Mandala Garden
- Finish Needlepoint Leaves WIP
I #3 Finish Mini Mandala Garden
- Stitch Ministrel
- Finish LKRR & Hang
- Finish all Christmas ornaments
- Go to one needlework event /year - 2006 = CSNF; 2007 = none
- Finish quilt for Eric
- Sew three polar fleece throws
- Learn to knit and crochet
- Go to American Sewing Guild Meeting and decide whether to join
- Go to Thursday night Stitch Along at GTN at least once/month
- Organize a RAK 1X/year 2006 done; 2007 done;
- Develop collaborative/blended curriculum for 351 In Progress
- Develop collaborative/blended curriculum for 515 In Progress
- Revise layout & content of 515 lab manual
- Revise layout & content of 342 lab manual
- Develop Freshman Seminar Curriculum & Speaker Series -2006 Done
- Develop three articulation agreements for our Networking degree - 2 are done
- Develop workshop for High School Counselors
- Develop workshop for Community Colleges
- Rewrite ANSA Student Handbook
- Write handbook for prospective students
- Write Handbook for Security BS
- Revamp 340-341-342 sequence to two courses and implement
- Develop networking minor & get it approved
- Work with gaming faculty to develop networking content their BS
- Develop & document support agreements with SE, CS, & IT
- Develop and execute curricular changes that distinguish our degrees
- Develop presentation to admissions on ANSA
- Develop presentation to admissions on IS&F
- Write three papers on collaborative learning, experiential learning or blended learning
- Join ACM SIGITE & join curriculum committee
- Read three books on curriculum or pedagogy:
- Learn Java Programming
- Learn C++
- Learn how to use all features of myCourses
- Learn how to use Breeze In Progress
- Learn Cyber Self Defense Curriculum & teach it
- Participate in Faculty Learning Community
- Learn how to customize my blog
- Take a research methods course
- Take and pass the CCNA certification exam
- Learn how to operate/pgm a PDA
- Develop the habit refection using a written journal or my blog daily
- Engage in activities to develop my spirituality
- Support my church by serving on committees, teaching Sunday school - In progress
- Clean out & organize my office
- Research graduate programs in curriculum development
- Sell surplus Stash on ebay
- Volunteer at LPGA each year- 2006 Done ;2007 done; 2008 done; 2009 done
- Take golf lessons
- Participate in a women’s golf league at once
- Try Netflix & evaluate
- Evaluate Time Warner All – in – One and change ISPs
- Organize & document bill paying
I often wonder what my children will remember of me and realize that in many ways they will not really know me beause I haven't taken the time to share myself in any detail. They know I love them and take care of them but do they know how they took my breath away when I first looked at them? Do they know how I swell with pride at their every accomplishment?
My younger son never ceases to amaze me. He quietly sets goals and procedes to accomplish them. Perhaps in this way he is like me. I am never quite sure how seriously he takes things and then find that when it counts he takes things very seriously. That although he doesn't always tackle every situation with as much time as I would like him to he is taking care of it.
My daughter is finding out more about herself and her talents everyday and it is fun to watch her blossom. She shares her optimism and enthusiam for life with anyone who wants it. She lives life energetically. She's dramatic. She's shy. She's more talented and wonderful than she knows. She can also be very direct and blunt. She's a wonderful artist and a great storyteller. I am enjoying watching her move with great deliberation toward her goals.
My older son has recently become a father and launched me into grandparenthood about five years earlier than I expected to be there. As I watch him with his son I can see how he has matured and taken on this awesome responsibilty with grace and enthusiam. He is crafting his adult life around his family and as the circle of life continues we have pulled closer together. After the years of pulling away to become his own person it is wonderful to have him back again.
I am so very thankful for my wonderful husband and children and so very proud of all of them. What a great way to start out the new year, reflecting about those people closest to you and giving thanks for all the love in my life.