Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 New Year Remember, Reflect, & Goal Set! Linky Party!

Good Bye 2015 and Hello 2016!  It's hard to believe that another year is coming to a close and a New Year is about to begin.  

I created this Student Goal Setting Packet last year for my 4th Grade students, and they loved setting goals (New Year Resolutions) for themselves.  I decided to update the packet for the 2016 New Year!  It's an excellent writing activity to help students get back into the swing of things after the long winter break. You can find it here at my TpT Store!

I also find myself wondering where has all the time gone, what did I actually accomplish during 2015, and what goals can I set for myself in 2016? 

 Sounds like it's time for ANOTHER NEW YEAR LINKY PARTY!!  

I really enjoyed last year's Out With The Old & In With The New Linky Party, so I thought maybe I would give it a try again this year. It is my hope to inspire more bloggers to spend a little time remembering and reflecting on 2015 then going ahead and setting new goals for 2016!  I'll start...

Questions to ponder as you remember...
1.  What were the best memories of 2015?
2.  What do you remember most about 2015?

My best and most powerful memories of 2015 are...

First, my husband & I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary!  We had a magical night! My husband, Al, made sure everything was very romantic.  We spent a lot of time talking about our future as "Empty Nesters" and what we wanted to do.  My sweet hubby wanted to spend more time together because he was worried that we would grow apart. 

25th Wedding Anniversary 1/6/2015

 This warmed my heart, and of course I agreed.  As I look back on 2015 here is what I remember the most...I blogged only TWICE!  What?  Yep, you read that correctly.  I went from 34 blog posts my first year to only 2 during my second year.  However, I spent a lot of time enjoying my husband, family, and friends.  We didn't do anything super amazing, just enjoyed each other, family, and friends.  It was wonderful! 

Trips to Disney World

Orlando City Soccer Games

We were invited to hang out with my daughter and the "Cool Kids"

Enjoyed Several Craft Beer & Wine Walks

Spent time together being silly or hanging with friends!

Then my son came home for a visit before his deployment to the Middle East

I'm crying in this picture...trying to stay positive, smile, and say good-bye.  Not easy for this Marine's Mom!

Thank Goodness my daughter is close by for frequent visits that make me smile!!

Now it's time to Reflect on 2015.  I went back and looked over the goals that I had set for myself.  They were...

1.  My first resolution of 2015 is to try and not break any resolutions that I make here today.  Easier said than done, right?  (EPIC FAIL!)

2.  Blog at least once a week in 2015!  Even if it is a quick post just to say hi to my blogging friends.  (Again, EPIC FAIL!)

3.  Publish at least one new TpT product each month.  That's only 12 new products!  I know I can, I know I can!!  (I created and published 6/12 items for my store!) 

4.  Walk/Exercise at least 5 days out of the 7 day week!  (Notice I couldn't give up my M & M's just yet?)  Maybe for Lent...  (I was able to accomplish exercising 3 days a week, and I eventually gave up the M & M's in order to lose 10/20 pounds!)

Questions to ponder as you reflect on 2015...

1.  Did you accomplish any of your goals?
2.  What was good/bad?
3.  What do you want to do differently?
4.  What do you want to change this year?

In summary, I accomplished some of my goals and I had a fantastic year.  In truth, I had modified my goals on 1/6/15 to include spending more time and having fun with hubby! (This was a huge success!!) 

In 2016 I will...

1) Continue to spend time and have fun with my hubby, family, and friends! YOLO!!

2) Try to return to blogging because I really missed it.  Maybe once a month?

3) Continue to create and publish products for my TpT store.  I'm going to keep my once a month goal for this as well.

4) Enjoy life and make the best out of what ever comes your way!

Link up and share your 2015 memories,  reflections, and your 2016 Resolutions!  


  1. Happy New Year Susan! I'm so glad you had a great 2015... Cheers to an awesome 2016!
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  2. Happy New Year Susan! I am looking forward to following and learning from you in 2016.