At the DEN Summer Institute this past week we were all wowed by the incomparable Adam Bellow and his insane energy combined with his even more insanely genius presentation style. During his keynote, he challenged us to take a selfie and post to Instagram with the hashtag #TYIW. That stands for “This Year I Will…” I haven’t used my Instagram account in, oh I don’t know, forever. So I haven’t posted a selfie…yet.
But the thought has been nagging at the outer edges of my brain, and so I thought I would at least begin the process of writing down some of the things swirling around in my head. I don’t think of them as New Year’s resolutions. They are more hopeful than that. So here goes nothing.
- #TYIW blog more often. It is a release for me. I love to write. It doesn’t matter if anyone wants to read it. It is cathartic. And I need catharsis.
- #TYIW stay on top of my calendar. Toward the end of the last school year (and by that I mean September) I was way behind and feeling quite overwhelmed. I was forgetting about meetings and playing catch-up with teacher observations. I simply must do this one.
- #TYIW take more pictures. I am still very much an amateur at this thing, but I love doing it. It is a peaceful endeavor that brings a silence to my soul. I look for pictures that tell stories because I’m a writer first and photographer second. And I need more pictures in my blog posts.
- #TYIW eat healthy. This one has been nagging at me for months. I eat horrible stuff. Far too much fried foods, fast foods, and fattening foods. I need more real food. Well, I need more of it, but less food overall.
- #TYIW walk more. I’m counting steps and flights of stairs, and I am constantly amazed at how much I sit. I need to walk before work, during work, and after work. I want to hike again. And I’ve neglected some hiking MeetUp groups. It has to change.
- #TYIW run at least one 5K. I’ve challenged my daughter, Sarah, to get in shape because we are running a 5K when she moves back to Chattanooga. And then I’m going to run 5Ks with Rebekah Ellis, LeaAnn Daugherty, and Kimberly Wright (to name a few). I’ll be a 5K running fool!
- #TYIW connect more with my own family. I live with my mom, but I don’t see her enough. I don’t see my own kids enough. And I certainly don’t see my grandkids enough. I can’t live with the thought that when I’m gone they won’t know the difference.
- #TYIW take my CoffeeTime videos to new places. I haven’t made one in nearly 3 months. I like doing them. And I don’t want it to be another endeavor I started but didn’t follow through. Far too many of those in my past.
- #TYIW get to 200 pounds. My knees will thank me. And my double chin will nearly be gone.
- #TYIW go to fewer conferences on my own time and visit more friends. My summer was shot this year. I spread myself too thin with 6 conferences since school let out. I need to take my free time and connect with people I love across the country.
- #TYIW do at least one thing that scares me. I am a creature of habit. I like my bubble. But climbing the Beehive with Sarah showed me that I need new and exciting things in my life. And I’ve already looked at prices for taking a flight in a glider plane.
- #TYIW stop giving myself all the reasons why I can’t and finally decide I can. And that means everything. Every day. I talk myself out of so much. I need to talk myself into stuff.
- #TYIW look up from my iOS devices more. Yeah, OK, that’s probably not going to happen.
- #TYIW ask more questions than I give answers. DENnis Grice did a phenomenal job with his DEN Speaks talk by doing an entire 5 minute presentation with questions only. It reminded me of the power of questions.
Those are some of the things that I know of as of today. And this blog post will serve as an assessment of my progress months from now as I reflect on what I’ve written here and bring them back to my memory.
So, what about you? What #TYIW comment would you like to leave below?