Friday, January 3, 2014

14 Resolutions and a puppy update

Puppy Update: Serena is still working on getting to the right levels for her surgery. She's too low in one area so the specialist has increased her dosage of 1/4 medications. We started the new dosage today and will have to get her blood-work checked again in a week. Hopefully, all of her levels will get to the right point soon so we can get her surgery scheduled. In the meantime, we are just enjoying our time with her.
She loves her Christmas present
It has taken me a few days to come up with some resolutions for 2014. I'm not the best at sticking to them...

1. Continue to work on increasing my daily steps with the help of my trusty pedometer. I've finally gotten a bit more consistent on 4,000 steps. It's still a long way from the 10,000 that I want to reach. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
2. Lose weight. It's pretty much the standard resolution.
3. Worry less.
4. Continue to build upon my crafting skills. I love making therapy materials and being able to bring a smile to my students faces. It's always nice to hear them say, "You made this???!!!"
5. Read more journal articles. I will admit that this is an area that I have really stunk at since graduating. I've mostly focused on learning the "ropes" of being a school-based therapist (paperwork, billing, meetings, group therapy, etc) and figuring out the Cycles approach. The articles that I have read have mostly dealt with Cycles or lateral lisps. I really want to branch out.
6. Continue going to CEU opportunities. I would love to get more training on hearing impairments and bi-lingual issues.
7. Brush up on my Spanish (this is the one that I'm betting will be the hardest)
8. Find a better organization system for paper materials. I'm very intrigued by the notebook systems several bloggers have mentioned. However, I'm also very intimidated by the amount of work they take.
9. Continue saving up for a house. I want an older house (1800-1900s) and am well aware that those require a good deal of maintenance.
10. Read at least 5 books for fun.
11. Avoid letting speech consume my life. As a blogger, I find that I'm always dancing on a thin line of focusing a little bit too much on the job.
12. Have a fun-filled year.
13. Go to Reunion Weekend at my undergrad.
14. Survive March & April. So many IEPs and so little time!

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