So tomorrow is my 25th birthday – Whoohoo! Quarter of a century is a big deal right? I mean I can rent a car now… and that’s really about it that changes with this birthday. But I have been feeling really good lately and I am in the mood for some good bucket list stuff this year. I created a list of 25 things I will do when I’m 25 – So starting tomorrow I have one year to complete them all!

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I’m not going to share all of them with you but I thought I would share and explain a few of my bucket list items here today.

1. Run a marathon

I’ve been talking about this one for a while now and it’s official! I’ve signed up for my first full marathon at the end of June and I’m so excited/nervous/terrified for everything that will come with it. I’m going to be running this race for many reasons but my main inspiration is for my good friend, Julien-Pier, who passed away last year. JP always told me that there was time to do the things you want to do so instead of making excuses of how long the training runs are this year I’m going to get this bucket list item checked off!

2. Visit a new country

This is a permanent fixture on all of my lists – travel, travel, travel! This year I want to go to a country I’ve never been to because I love how much my worldview shifts when I see a new culture. There are some plans on the horizon but until anything is official just know that a new place to get perfectly lost in is coming my way and I’m so excited!

3. Knit a blanket

I am great at starting new projects! In fact I have a drawer full of needlepoint, cross stitch, knitting, embroidery – you name it. I start the projects and leave them half finished in this drawer forever… so this year I am going to actually finish a full knitted blanket.

4. Sell my car

There are a variety of reasons for this one including financial, but one of the main things is that I don’t like how dependent I have become on my car. I got by with biking, walking, and public transit until my last term in university and then I bought my car and all of that went out the window. Driving so much goes against a lot of my personal, global, and environmental values so I am excited to commit to this one fully. Now don’t get me wrong I still have use of a car in my household – we just don’t need two cars – because sometimes it’s hard to be a substitute teacher without transportation.

5. Use a new method of instruction

This is my main teaching goal for this year. I’ve been working through plans in my spare time to figure out how I would incorporate a couple of different types of instruction into my (currently imaginary) classroom. I want to try project-based learning, centres-based classroom, and inquiry for different subjects. Once I have a place to implement this I will write up more details of my plans.

6. Take a course

Specifically in something I know very little about. I think the ability to keep learning is something that makes me a good teacher and I want to try something new that I find challenging this year. Just like aerobics, it is important for me to be reminded of what it is like to learn, struggle, get frustrated, and then understand.

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One of my “Get Well Soon” cards from last year

7. Only give homemade cards

I love the homemade cards I receive. I love making cards. Store bought cards are expensive. If I make only giving homemade cards a standard practice for this year I think it is something I can continue with for a long time.

8. Run a workshop

Karley and I have been discussing workshop ideas lately and this is something that is on my list because I really love workshops and feel that I now have something to offer in this space. We have really loved connecting with university students and other teachers through our blog and I would love to take this to the next level by offering a workshop on blogging, social media, and building your Professional Learning Network. Plus I used to be a workshop coordinator at UVIC and just have a love for all things Pro-D!

9. Read a book each month

I so often get caught up in “life” that I forget to take time to read. I want to make sure that I read a book a month and not just 12 books in the two month summer holiday. Taking that time to read about whatever I choose is so important for my soul.

10. Make a meaningful connection with someone new

Whether this be a new friend or a new professional relationship (or both hopefully!) this is something I am going to consciously do this year. Being shy I really have to remind myself of the value of connecting with new people and how much it enhances my life.

And there are 15 more on my personal list but those are the ones I wanted to share with you today.

I have a couple of questions I would love to hear your answers to if you could take a moment to respond – Thanks!

What are some of your personal goals? Professional goals?

How often do your personal goals correlate with your professional goals?

Meaghan