Inspired by a friend, I’ve decided to write a 2012 year in review post. First, some highlights of 2012.
Blogging dry spell – Upon logging in to this blog I realized that I did not post a single update in 2012. Will this year be different? By the time I publish this post, I’ll have more blog posts in 2013 than in 2012 so I’m off to a good start.
Lakewood Middle School – From January to March of 2012 I had my first paid teaching experience as a long-term substitute teaching Spanish at Lakewood Middle School in the Blue Valley school district. It was an eye-opening experience and gave me a great transition from student teaching to starting my career.
From “A total loss” to “swagger wagon” – In late January I was in a car accident that totaled our 2006 RAV4. In a way, it was a blessing. We were making two car payments at the time and when it came time to buy a replacement car, we made the choice to pay in cash. We ended up with a decent 2003 Odyssey that has had only minor problems and doesn’t require a monthly payment.
Job search – As school was coming to a close in April and May, I began my search for a full-time teaching job. My goal was Spanish or ESL in any district within a 40-minute drive radius.
JC Harmon High School – 3 interviews in 3 districts later, I received a call in late May from a Human Resources director in the Kansas City, Kansas school district. She was calling to offer me a job teaching ESL at JC Harmon High School, a job I gladly accepted. The first semester of teaching went great. It was overwhelming at first, as all jobs are, but I feel like I’ve been able to get my feet firmly planted and establish myself as a valuable asset to the school. Plus, my students are amazing. I learn from them everyday and am so honored that I get to be their teacher.
PDP Concept Series – Over the summer, my wife blessed me with “permission” to buy a new drum set. I ended up with a beautiful, 7-piece drum set from PDP. I love playing the drums and I love even more that Sam, my awesome toddler, loves to play them too.
6 years – In August, Amelia and I celebrated 6 years of marriage. It has been a wonderful 6 years and I’m excited for many more anniversaries.
2 years old – In October, my little boy turned 2 and sealed in his status as the coolest toddler ever. He loves trucks, elephants, balls/sports, blocks, trains, art, drums, play-doh, and many more things. He continues to be an amazing little guy.
2012 was a great year. There’s so much more that happened that I haven’t written about and I’m truly thankful for all the friends and family who have been there for me, Amelia, and Sam this year.
Last, some goals for 2013
Instagram a day – Today starts my 365 project on Instagram. My goal is one picture per day. You can follow along here.
Increased health, decreased weight – This year I will continue my commitment to my health and try to get back down to 180 pounds.
Yoga – In an effort to stop having to take anti-anxiety medication and really re-engage with life, I’ve made a goal to start up my yoga practice again.
Time – The biggest goal of 2013 is all about the balance of time. Work/life, chores/free-time, etc. I’m hoping to get closer to a balance that makes sense. I want the quality of my time to increase with my wife and my son.
Happy 2013 everyone.