I wonder if I could take a sabbatical?

I used to make resolutions for the new year when I was younger because I thought that was the thing to do. I don't remember what they were (get a boyfriend!) or if I kept any of them.

Nowadays, I feel like the New Year starts in September with the return to school. Except on the eve of that new year, I'm not counting down to midnight and celebrating. More like.... going to bed at nine o'clock and crying about it (kidding! Kind of...).

This year for the first time in many, I have quite a few resolutions or, as I should call them: "things-that-I'd-ideally-like-to-accomplish."

They include but are not limited to:

*write more of that novel thingy I started
*use my sewing machine in more daring ways (buttons, and zippers, oh my!)
*keep better track of my etsy business dealings (have I made a profit yet? Who knows?!)
*make more items for my etsy store
*read more great novels (recommendations anyone?)
*volunteer somewhere local over the summer
*take an art class of some kind, just for fun!

But do you see the problem here? The one little thing that might prevent me from accomplishing all of those lovely resolutions?

It's called a day job.


Nancy Teaches said...

So true! So true! I totally empathize. If only our teaching didn't get in our way.... but then, who would we be? I wish I had a magic wand that made more time. Happy New Year!

Sparkling said...

Hey, I can't wait to see what you have up on your etsy. We have a lot in common, but I CAN make buttonholes and put in zippers(well, sometimes with the zippers) It's all a matter of finding time. That's what vacation and summer is for, right?

Novels... The Help. Almost replaces Where the Red Fern Grows as my all time favorite book! Other recent loves: South of Broad by Pat Conroy(also Beach Music, Prince of Tides). Anything by Anne Rivers Siddons. Very funny book called The Beginner's Guide to Acting English about an Iranian family living in England by Shappi Korsandhi. And my 3rd favorite, Almost French about an Australian woman who just can't become French no matter how she tries.

Shell said...

Even though I haven't taught in several years now, I still think of years in terms of school years.

Anonymous said...

Almost French we have and it makes me laugh out loud! I can so relate to some of her struggles! Mom

SharleneT said...

No, you cannot take a sabbatical... You must schedule at least one of these resolutions to be done by summer!... There. I've lain down the gauntlet... (Please note, I did not pick a school term period!) Come visit when you can and don't forget to check out my other blog, Rockin' Chair Reflections!

Anonymous said...

You are so right about it feeling like the "New Year" in September when school starts. I feel the same way every single year! Love your list of goals. They are definitely doable and reachable so get going girl! You can do it! Happy New Year!

elysabeth said...

I'm not a teacher but do know that most teachers don't even really take time away from school during the kids' vacation times so maybe a sabbatical is in order - lol. Good luck with achieving the goals and hope the new year works out for you - E :)

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