Winter Break Goals vs. Reality for a Teacher

How did you measure up this break?

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As teachers, we SO look forward to winter break as a time to catch our breath, relax, and spend time with our loved ones. It’s also a great time to get caught up on all the things we’ve put off during the busy fall semester. So we make grand plans to clean, organize, and come back to school refreshed and ready to go. But sometimes, despite our best intentions, our winter break goals don’t quite meet up with reality.

Don’t know, don’t want to know

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The best part of break–and it usually takes a few days to get there–is when you slip into such a relaxed state that you lose track of the which day it is.


The day just got away from me

That sound about right. ? #allthethings #changeofplans #procrastination

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Started the day with the right intention, not sure what happened.


No, for real

This year, it’ll be different!


Tell me you haven’t done this

Somehow, I’m going to reframe this as research. I’m always working on my people skills.


The song of my people

Who needs yoga and meditation when you have binge-watching available?


Sorry, not sorry

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Sometimes, the fine art of doing nothing is the noblest goal.


It sounds so much better when you put it that way

I’ll just hop in my time machine and go check on myself in a little while.


But first, I need to make an Ikea run

The domino effect of (thinking about) home improvement. Once you start, it’s hard to stop.


The eternal struggle

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I knew I should’ve accidentally left my teacher bag at school!


Otherwise known as “the fog”

See #1.


Tell me I’m not the only one


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It’s the thought process that matters–you know, the metacognition. Follow-through is optional.


An honest to-do list

Love this “achievable” to-do list! Putting in those check marks is just so satisfying.


Tomorrow … I’ll do it tomorrow

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If life had a theme song during winter break, this might be it.



#teachersofinstagram #teacherlife

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No matter how hard we try to escape, that jolt of reality strikes eventually. Like our grandmas used to tell us, all good things must come to an end!

How did you spend your time off? Did your winter break goals come true? Tell us in the comments below!


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Elizabeth Mulvahill is a passionate teacher, writer and mom who loves learning new things, traveling the globe and everything Zen.

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