Living Outside the Stacks

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Day 30: My Hopes, Dreams and Plans for the Next 365 Days

Hopes and Dreams for 2011This is the time of year when people start writing resolutions and planning to make big changes for the new year and, I can’t lie, I tend to do the same thing.  So writing this post should come easy but it doesn’t.  Every year I make grand plans and, for the most part, I do a good job of following through.  Until March.  I don’t know why, but March is my “quitting month.”

So this year, rather than writing out a list of resolutions, I will share my hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days (with the knowledge that, ultimately, everything is in His hands and it is by His will and not my own that I will have tomorrow).

There’s so much I want to accomplish.  I’d like to become a better writer.  Rather than writing “fluff” or filler posts, I’d like to write posts that get people thinking and sharing with me.  When I started this blog, I thought it’d be an opportunity for me to give information but I’ve come to realize that I’m much more interested in sharing information and learning from my readers.  The only way I know how to do this is to make my blog more thought provoking and my Facebook page more interactive.  So I’m letting you know now, I’m going to be expecting more give and take in the next year.  Argue with me, challenge me, share with me because that’s what I plan to do with you.

In my professional life, I’d like to become more tech savvy.  I like to think of myself as a geek but I don’t think I have the skill necessary but I do have the heart.  And that’s half the battle right, huh?  I have no fear of jumping in and trying things, but I need to create more opportunities for myself. Fortunately, I work in an environment where my boss encourages exploration and innovation.  So, it’s up to me to figure out the needs of our students and what I can do to better provide those services to them.

Personally, I’d like for my relationships with my family to be stronger.  Miss 17 is preparing to graduate from high school, the younger three are getting older and starting to create lives for themselves away from my husband and me.  And my husband and I are finally at that stage where we can have couple time.  There are so many big changes ahead for us…  I pray that we have the strength to weather the storms ahead and come out stronger and better on the other side.

And, most importantly, I want my faith in Christ to be stronger.  For many years I’ve neglected my faith and failed to raise my children according to scripture.  Moving forward, my goal is to draw them closer to Him.  Although I know the choice to believe in Christ is ultimately theirs, I’d like for them to have a stronger foundation.

What are your hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days?

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2010: The Best of Living Outside the Stacks

Ya know, I say this every year but I mean it this time, this year went by very quickly.  We’ve shared so much ~ you and I ~ you’ve been with me through job searches, college visits, temporary blindness and the other highs and lows that come with living.  So I want to take this time to tell you that I truly appreciate all of your love and support.   I pray continued blessings upon you and yours for a healthy and happy new year.

Here is a list of the best posts of 2010 from yours truly.  I look forward to sharing more with you in the new year.

January:  Sometimes a Fly is Just a Fly ~ Written after an American religious leader had stated that the devastation in Haiti was G_d’s judgement

February:  Family Ties ~ My younger sister called to tell me that she was being deployed to Iraq and it brought back memories of all the ways I used to torment her when we were kids

March:  I Have a Diagnosis ~ One of the scariest days of my life this year was when I woke up and realized that I’d completely lost my vision in one eye

April:  Women of Faith Wednesday ~  Sometimes being a mother is hard work and you really just want to run away, this is what happened when my “runaway day” came

May:  A Full Nest ~ A bird made a nest and laid some eggs right outside my front door, every week I took pictures and used them for my Wordless Wednesday posts

June:  6 Ways to Your Blog More Appealing to Companies ~ Every few months, some prominent “mommy blogger” will berate smaller bloggers for “giving away their services for free” but they weren’t offering tips on how to monetize their blogs so I offered a few suggestions which led to one of the bigger mom bloggers offering some helpful tips

July:  My Droid Hates Me and the Feeling May be Mutual ~ I upgrade my phone at every opportunity, so when I got the chance to get the Droid, I was so excited but I ended up HATING it

August:  Rolled Eyes, Broomsticks and Scenes from the Matrix ~ My mom had the uncanny ability to see around corners, behind her and through the back of my head

September:  If I Died, How Would You Know ~ Like many of you, I’ve made some wonderful connections online and I’ve often wondered how would I know if something happened to them or vice~versa

October:  The Banana Incident of 1978 ~ It’s no secret that I love monkeys but here’s the little known secret for why I hate bananas

November:  I Started Crying at the Reference Desk ~ While working at the library, Miss 17 called to tell me that she’d been accepted to Lock Haven University

December:  Things I Learn When My Kids Miss the Bus ~ One day my son missed the bus, so we ran some errands and grabbed a coffee and pumpkin muffin before I dropped him off

What are you most proud of this year?

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Day 28: What’s in My Grab Bag?

What do you carry in your handbag or wallet?

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