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?