My Summer Bucket List – Revisited

4 Sep

If there’s anything that my graduate program at the University has taught me, it’s how to be reflective. As teachers-in-training, we reflected on everything. While it may have seemed like tedious overkill at the time, I do think it’s ultimately helped me become a better teacher, and better in life at general. If you can’t look back on things you’ve done with an open mind and constructively criticize your work, then how can you possibly grow and do better? It’s with this thinking that I’d like to reflect now, my students’ first day of school, on my summer bucket list.

When I started summer, I had the following goals:

  • Finish my master’s degree
  • Read the books on my Summer reading list
  • Finish the first draft of my novel
  • Brush up on my French
  • Clear out the stack of magazines accumulating in my bedroom
  • Get caught up on my T.V. so I’m ready to go when the new seasons start

Here’s an update on the progress (or lack thereof) I’ve made:

Finish my master’s degree – Check! I must admit that this took up the bulk of my summer and was more time and energy-consuming than I had anticipated it might be. I am proud of the work I’ve accomplished and I can already tell that what I’ve learned this summer is going to help me leaps and bounds this upcoming school year. My only complaint is that even though I finished my degree the first week in August, it won’t be posted on my transcript until the 20th of September. *sigh* C’est la vie.

Read the books on my Summer reading list – Alas, my progress on this front was not so great. I’m not ashamed to admit that of the books on my list, the only ones I managed to actually read were the Fifty Shades of Grey books (more thoughts on that series coming soon). What is summer for if not for some erotica fluff reading? And, in my defense, I did read several books (and finish a magnificent manuscript courtesy of my friend Ali) that weren’t on my reading list.

Finish the first draft of my novel – I don’t want to talk about it. As per usual, I’m still nowhere near to finishing my novel. But, the summer wasn’t entirely a waste creatively. I did make some major headway on some transitions and parts of the story that I was really struggling with before. Slow and steady wins the race, folks.

Brush up on my French – Je parle français un petit peu.

Clear out the stack of magazines accumulating in my bedroom – Um, no. *slaps door shut*

Get caught up on my T.V. so I’m ready to go when the new seasons start – I’m not 100% caught up on everything, but again I’ve made significant progress here. I’m particularly happy that I was able to watch the entire first season of Revenge which has happily taken One Tree Hill‘s place as my guilty pleasure show. Fall T.V. can’t start soon enough!

While I didn’t accomplish everything on my list this summer, I do feel like I’ve had a successful Summer. The one thing that wasn’t on my list was spend mass amounts of quality time with my son. While my novel may not be complete and I still look like a magazine hoarder, I did spend many blissful days playing cars, trucks, etc. with Child, which makes me more than happy with the results of my Summer.

Here’s to another great school year!

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