The school year has begun, and I sat down with my family this weekend to our last supper before the school year started. I asked each family member what their goals were for this year. It appears that this is our last year in Florida. It is a bittersweet realization that this is the last 10 months in our home. I love it here, and I hope that my husband can find a way for us all to stay for another year, yet with each passing day I feel more and more ready for the next step in our lives.
Anyway, back to the goal discussion, it was really cool to hear what my daughter’s goals were. She’s 9, and every goal she had was a positive change, and not something like improve my score on Skylanders :). Her first goal was to become a better writer. She said that she was not happy that her grades were lower in grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. She wanted to be a straight-A student, and she struggles in those subjects. Because she is an honor student, she doesn’t receive help with them at school. She also wanted to improve her violin playing, and perhaps go to an art and music specialty school at our next base. She wanted to improve her physical conditioning, and wants to get her black belt in TaiKwanDo. Finally, she wants to make a new friend at school.
My son wasn’t really into discussing his goals, but my goal for him was to get him reading and writing, and get him ready for the next step in his schooling. We would ideally like to get him back to school.
My husband’s main goal was to not get fired. He also discussed some of the newest things he would like to do with the squadron before his change of command. He wants to leave the squadron in a positive light.
It comes to my goal, and my new blog. I have come to slow realization that I will not be able to go back to work in a traditional sense. I love writing passionately, and I would like to get back to it. I don’t need a 180-day deployment to inspire me to write. I am going to work primarily on my second novel. I am going to hire a editor (in the writing community I freelance for), and get my first manuscript published once and for all. I’m going to start dedicating more time to the craft, and perhaps sell ad space and try to make this blog a source of income. This last week, I invested some capital into the blog– if you noticed, I purchased jodisgoing180.com! I changed the layout.
So welcome to the new and improved Jodi’s Going 180…