I'd planned on not blogging at all this week (see personal resolution below). However, this linky party seemed like a good compromise. If you'd like to join the party, head on over to Aileen Miracle's blog over at Mrs. Miracle's Classroom to read the details. If you're not a blogger and are unable to link-up, I would still love to hear about your new year's resolutions in the comment section below!
Avoid Workaholic Tendencies
Working from home means that my personal and work life are naturally linked. For example, if I receive a customer request in the middle of the evening when I'm spending time with my husband, I tend to immediately drop everything and start working. Naturally, this annoys both of us. Even my immediate family members have started to notice my workaholic tendencies. While I appreciate my strong work ethic, I'm going to try to create a better balance between my personal and professional life this coming year.
I love to read, but I tend to only do so right before I go to sleep. The downside is that I often forget much of what I read by morning, and I stick to books that are somewhat conducive to sleep. This means that I'm not setting aside time to read all the blog posts, research articles, and composer biographies that inspire me. I would really love to read the new(ish) book about Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford.
Since I no longer teach in a traditional classroom, private music lessons are a bright spot in an otherwise standard week of drinking too much coffee and staring at the computer all day long. However, since I don't have a classroom, I also don't have permanent storage. The materials I use for lessons tend to be scattered about my office, which isn't ideal. I hope to organize them into one binder, which can travel with me to each music lesson.
Keep the Momentum
In the (almost) year that I've been working as a teacher-author and blogger, I've gained friends, ideas, followers, readers, and a brand new sense of purpose. Now that I'm here, I can't imagine doing anything else, and I feel extremely grateful that I have the support to do what I love. I hope to keep that momentum going throughout the new year.
Knit the Never-Ending Hat
I've been talking about knitting a hat for several months now. If you follow me on Instagram, you've even seen the yarn I plan to use. For your convenience, I've combined the before and after picture into one...
Currently, the ball of yarn and needles are in my knitting bag. If I'm lucky, the hat will be finished before the last snowfall of the year or I'll have to add this to the following year's resolutions.
Let's hope it doesn't come to that.