I remember this time last year--getting ready to ring in 2015 and while I was excited, I wasn't sure how great of a year it would be. For the first time, there were no graduations, licenses or other monumental occasions that I knew were coming. Little did I know, it would turn out to be a year of accomplishments!
If you follow me in Instagram, you saw these photos this year--my top 9 photos of 2015! A lot of giveaways, funny e-cards and a cat costume. So you know, typical.
-In September, I ran my first half-marathon alongside my best friend (her 3rd!) This was a huge bucket list check-off for me, especially since I don't consider myself a true runner. I ate the best.breakfast.ever. shortly after this picture ;)
-In November, I got the incredible chance to head to ASHA in Denver (my first solo flight!) and spent the weekend with these 14 incredible fellow bloggers. These ladies are hilarious, smart, wise, and all around good souls. I also got to meet so many of YOU readers at our SLP Blogger Booth, which was the icing on the cake!
I also started a new PRN position at a wonderful pediatric clinic, celebrated one year as a home owner, and the list goes on. So as I sit here 360-some days later, here's my SLP resolution list:
-Put away the data binder more. Yep, you read that right. While data drives everything we do, I want to be more present with my students and hear what they have to say, not just how they say it. My goal is to spend one session a month unbound by my massive pink binder and be all the more intentional with my kiddos.
-Get a handle on paperwork. Especially in the spring, you can find me any given morning writing last minute paperwork (whoops!) for my school caseload of 80 and counting. I'm resolving to have paperwork I need done at least 3 days in advance to save my sanity, and ensure my students have the best documentation and IEPs possible.
-Eliminate the clutter. This is my third school year as an SLP, but I've already collected a hefty stash of speech materials. There may or may not be an entire room in my house I refer to as "the toy room" because it's entire contents are full of materials and toys. I stocked up on any and everything I could get my hands on during grad school and some things I haven't touched since. It's time for quality over quantity (and gaining another room back in my house!).
What are your resolutions for 2016? I'd love to hear them in the comments. Happy New Year!