Longtime readers know that I adore setting monthly goals, so I’m excited to announce that in 2014 I’ll be hosting an official monthly goal linky with nine other bloggers! I find that blogging about goals gives me that extra motivation and accountability that I need to actually get them done, and I am thrilled to have company on this goal-setting journey!
My main goal for December was to make sure we got plenty of down time as a family. Mike is pretty busy getting settled in his new job, but he did a great job of making time for us as well! My sister drove down from Portland with her husband and two little boys, which was wonderful! Having cousins around helped keep my kids focused on how grateful they are to have family. They loved their time with their two little cousins, and have been missing them since they left! I was also able to get rid of more belongings, and Johnny especially did a great job of sorting through toys, picking several out to give to other children leading up to Christmas! Our Christmas cards are mostly sent out, except a few addresses I need to hunt down. My sister helped me rearrange the furniture in our main room downstairs (living room/playroom/dining room all in one) so that it’s a nicer space to hang out during the day, and I love it. Thank you, C!
Every year I pick out a few areas I want to focus on for the year. I’ve been happy with the themes I picked when I set goals for 2013 of gratitude, peace, education, and health, and will be keeping them:
- Gratitude: Our family is blessed in many ways, and I always want us to remember that.
- Education: Mike and I are both big believers in lifelong learning and the many benefits that brings.
- Simplicity: I feel that this is the pathway to a peaceful home.
- Responsibility: Making healthy, conscious, and ethical choices.
I also decided to pick a word of the year:
We had a lot of built-in peace in our home in Massachusetts, just because of the very rural area we lived. It’s hard to feel very anxious when you have beautiful trees everywhere you look! In our compact Silicon Valley condo, I feel like like this is an atmosphere that I will have to work a bit harder to create – but it’s definitely still attainable, and having gorgeous weather that allows for more time out in nature definitely helps!
Now for a few specific goals for January:
What are your goals for January? Do you have a word of the year?
Get the kids registered for school next year, ideally either in a school that is closer to home and/or has a specific program that I am interested in. I can’t believe that Lily starts kindergarten this fall. How did that happen?! Themes: education and simplicity
Continue my quest for home organization. Theme: simplicity
Plan and organize Emma’s birthday celebrations (which will likely happen in February, but it’s good to be prepared!) Theme: gratitude
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.