Goals update for May

Yes, I am behind on my goals, such as it is but wanted to post May’s update before the June reveal. Please read on…

I’m not sure what happened to the month of May, but it zoomed by. We’re heading into winter here in the Southern Hemisphere, and while we don’t have snow in Western Australia, though it has been known some snow falls on our Stirling Ranges. It does get that cold here. Mostly, our climate is Mediterranean, and we have mild winters. Still, cold for me.

So how did I go for May? I’ll let you be the judge.

Personal Goals

Home and work life balance      

  • A bit of a bust. I had signed up to a number for a few professional learning sessions that happened after school. Not many nights home early. Need to readdress. The upside is, I am not opening my laptop as often to work and check emails as I have done on the weekends.


  • Failed. Again.


  • No photos this month.

Food and wine

  • This is going well. We’ve been on the food plan for six weeks now and it is working. I’ve seen positive results from eating lots of leafy greens, nuts, berries and protein, which is weighted. And still having a glass of wine!

Professional Goals


  • Need to stop signing up for courses! Teaching in a private girls’ school and one that is prestigious does make it difficult if you are not seen to engage in professional learning.


  • On track! I am hoping by the end of June, the ms is with Beta Readers. Woohoo!

Still reading the Serenity Prayer

What have I learnt this month? With regards to my teaching career, I keep trying to please others by enrolling in courses. I need to stop do this and tell myself that I am very good teacher, and don’t need to prove myself to anyone. I need to spend time treating myself with care and respect, something I don’t do well. And reward my successes.

Are you fixated on addressing everyone else’s concerns rather than your own? What have you learnt about yourself that you don’t like? What have you done to change the way you act and think about your place in the work force? Got some good strategies that you’d like to share? Love to hear them!

Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.

Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.


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    • cav12

      There is always ‘new’ strategies, isn’t there. I just completed PD on student management practice based on Restorative Practices, which the US have used. It is good to keep UTD, but my heart isn’t in it anymore.


  1. Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost (@readersroost)

    I always advise people that seeing exercise in terms of “success” or “failure” is unhelpful and can lead to stopping exercise altogether. I often have difficulty making myself go for walks because even though I kicked diet culture to the curb 11 years ago, I still struggle with the mentality that if it doesn’t make me lose weight, I’m a “failure.” With my endocrine problems, I will never lose weight unless I become seriously ill. I honestly think that should never be the goal.
    I still struggle with my abusive life partner ED (stands for Eating Disorder) and I am formerly orthorexic. Diet culture has taught us toxic ways of viewing eating and exercise.
    Did you exercise? Good! Did you not exercise? Fine. Tomorrow is another day.
    (Staggers broken body in a wobbly fashion from the soapbox.)

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    • cav12

      Hi Naughty Netherworld,
      I have a pretty health attitude to food, but I’ve always played sport, and due to a few car accidents I couldn’t play anymore. Exercising became important to rebuild muscle and strength. That is more what I am trying to do. I hope you are able to continue with your journey and succeed.
      Thank you for stopping by too 🙂


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