New Year, New You, New Freebies

I just love a New Year. It’s a perfect time to reflect back on the past year, see the amazing work God has done in my life, and strive toward self-improvement. 2013 was simply amazing. I am honestly in awe all the good and sweetness that came into my life last year. This year I am going to make a more conscious effort toward taking better care of myself. Not just by changing one habit, but by truly living a better-balanced life, so that I can continue to fully accept God’s gifts for many years to come.

As you might imagine, I am very passionate about teaching and blogging. I love both of my jobs and am always pushing myself to do well in both arenas. The work fills me with joy and I am often so focused on my goals that I forget to take care of my own needs for a healthy balanced life. I don’t drink enough water. I don’t take time to eat on a schedule so I end up eating less-than-nutritious meals because they are fast. I am not active enough and I certainly do not get enough rest at night.

Starting today, all of that changes. I vow to make a more conscious effort to give my body more of it’s basic requirements for a healthy life. These are my goals:

Drink more water.
Take time to eat.
Go for a walk.
Get a good night’s rest.

Every day.

FREE print for framing to remind you of healthy habits

I have already dusted off my pedometer and am ready to start walking around school again. In Michigan the temps are seriously cold, so I will do my walking inside of my school building. I usually average somewhere between 2.5 to 3 miles of walking just during the school day. I’m going to attempt to take “the long way” more often at school with the goal of adding an extra mile of walking activity to my daily activity. You can read more about my original experiment with wearing a pedometer at school for a week. It really is a great way to squeeze in a little extra daily activity. You can buy a pedometer just like mine on Amazon. They cost less than $25.

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I know how easy it is to let myself get swept up in my work and push each of those activities off for another day. To remind myself of my personal commitment and the work it requires, I made an inspirational print to display around the house.
free print to download and frame
You can download your own PDF of this print for FREE. It is formatted to fit in a 5×7″ frame so your inspiration can look as fabulous as you will feel in 2014.

I know that I can do it! 

Speaking of resolutions, I’m not the only one turning over a new leaf in 2014. My Freebielicious friends are joining together to share their goals and resolutions for 2014 with you too! We want you to be the most fabulous version of yourself so we’ve also added some freebies that may help you reach your own personal goals.
Resolution freebies from FREEBIELICIOUS
Resolution freebies from FREEBIELICIOUS

Lori from Teaching with Love and Laughter has another great freebie to share. Stop by to see her resolution for 2014.

Happy New Year!

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)

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