2018 To-Do List


Once again, I am making a to-do list instead of the usual New Year’s Resolutions. I tried this out last year and found it works much better with my brain. I’m all about lists at work, while writing, and at home. It’s how I get things done!

  1. Read. A lot.

I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge with a goal of 40 books. so far, I’m on track, having read 3 books already.

2. Write and Submit

I have several projects in the works, including poetry chapbooks and a sequel to my YA novel.

There is also the continuing journey of submitting to literary agents, contests, and other outlets. There’s got to be a yes out there somewhere!

3. Travel.

I put this item on my to-do list last year, but I didn’t get to go as far as I intended. Life got in the way and that is okay. This year, however, there are already adventures brewing.

In the spring I’m likely heading back to Portland, Oregon. I have some trails to run, cold to feel, and rain to experience. There are coffee shops, waterfalls, and funky places I just have to see!

The summer has me heading out to Milan, Italy for a multi-faceted journey that includes site seeing and fangirling. Stay tuned for details and pictures!

4. Look for open doors and step through them.

Recent professional developments have put me in a position where opportunities will arise. Achieving National Board Certification gives me a little more freedom to go where I want to go and perhaps consider what else I can do in the field of education.

I need to keep my eyes open grab onto the opportunities that fit me the best. It’s going to be a year of decisions, growth, and moving forward.

5. Give.

I’m hoping to continue a practice I started last year that involves creating handmade items for charity. It started as an after school program I run for students, which is still running. Last semester, the group’s donations included handmade blankets, hats, scarves, and greeting cards for three different charities. My students continue to learn new crafts and the group continues to grow.

This year, I’m hoping to extend the idea of craftivism on a personal level. While my school program continues, I want to actively work at home on projects for charities that matter to me the most, (mainly animal shelters).

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What’s on your to-do list?

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c.b.w. 2018