Lily draws a bug
Another year has flown by! This year both Emma and Johnny started school (kindergarten and preschool, respectively), and Lily became an expert talker. I wrote my 1000th post. We had moderate success with our first serious gardening attempt. I said goodbye, first to my paternal grandfather, and then my maternal grandfather. All three kids kept us laughing, and focused on what matters most. Emma learned how to sew, and Johnny and Lily gave it a go as well. We were very relieved that no trees fell on our house during the October snow storm that left us without power for five days. And, we’ve had NO snow since, apart from a few barely-visible snowflakes Christmas morning.
I’m sticking with the same target areas for goals that I used in 2011, except I’m cutting generosity because I find it always gets paired with gratitude:
- Health: Helping my family eat well and getting the exercise we all need to be happy.
- Peace: Limiting conflicts, disagreements, and meltdowns – and managing them well when they do occur.
- Education: Identifying my children’s interests and using these interests to teach them. Challenging myself to learn new things too, and to use the talents I already have.
- Gratitude: Teaching my children (and myself) to appreciate what we have rather than focusing on what we want. Loving, sharing, and giving to others.
My December goals were so simple that they were easy to keep – although I’m glad I wrote down the food pantry goal, or I would have forgotten! For January 2012, I hope to:
- Focus on incorporating lots of fruits and vegetables into our daily diets. Target Area: health
- Help Emma plan her February birthday party. Target Areas: education and gratitude
- Declutter. Target Areas: health and peace
- Keep kid-focused time a priority for every day. Target Areas: gratitude and peace
What are your goals for 2012? How about this January? Add your link below! The code for the goals button is on my right sidebar.