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Setting Goals for May 2014

Setting Goals for May 2014

April flew by, so I am glad we kept goals simple! Emma and Johnny had a lovely spring break, that new feels as if it were light years away, in spite of the month flying by so quickly. We spent loads of time outdoors – one benefit of having an indoor space that none of us adore! I got some lovely pictures of the kids meeting their newest cousin, captured the lovely flower above, and took a few others that will show up in posts this upcoming month. We took the kids into San Francisco for the first time, and had a wonderful time there! I joined a community choir run by my college voice teacher (they practice once a week, after the kids are in bed – perfect for me) and got to practice my newborn photography skills both on my niece and a friend’s newborn – something I would love to perfect. Johnny got to know the students in his new kindergarten class better. Emma finally mastered the steps of the traditional Mexican dance she is learning at school. Lily and Anna developed a more solid this-is-how-we-play-when-it’s-just-the-two-of-us routine. I have challenges I’m dealing with that I don’t write about much because this blog is my happy place, but there is a lot of beauty in my life.

May 2014 Goals

I’m keeping my May goals simple, because – even though it’s been nearly a year since we put our house in Massachusetts on the market – we still haven’t quite found our feet in California. Moving across the country is complicated – and exhausting!

  • Enjoy the last month of school, and have the kids write thank you notes to their wonderful teachers. Theme: gratitude
  • Keep taking pictures of the kids. Photography makes me happy, and I love capturing memories. Theme: gratitude
  • Start making summer plans. Theme: responsibility and education

I’ll meet my simplicity theme by, once again, stopping with these very basic goals. What are your planning to do in May?

May goals 2014

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

20 thoughts on “Setting Goals for May 2014”

  1. Thanks for practicing your photography on sweet Baby J. We’ve been here 9 years, and it still feels temporary to me. I’ll miss it though when the time comes to move. I hope you guys have a fun summer exploring this beautiful place and feeling more comfortable in CA.

  2. Complicated goals stress me out, so I’m all about the simple ones. My work goal for the month of May is to gain one new freelance writing client. My personal goal is to become less attached to my smartphone. I don’t want to be checking it during my precious time with my son!

  3. It is really smart that you reflect on accomplishments this way.
    I really have enjoyed seeing pictures on FB and Instagram of your two little ones playing and the pictures of you SF outing.
    Thinking of you because of your challenges. Hugs for you.

  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    Sorry to hear you’re facing some difficult challenges, but how wonderful to be part of a choir and to have such life-giving simple goals. Summer will be soon!

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE how simple you made this. I think that is KEY to what I need to start doing. I tend to make things bigger and more difficult. Maybe I should go X out all my goals and just write in SIMPLICITY. Love it!

  6. I love that these goals are simple, but specific, too! I think that’s what makes goals manageable, not unattainable and frustrating – love these! Oh, and photography makes me happy, too :)

  7. I am working on my May Goals! I hope to write them down soon :) You are right, April just flew by :)

    1. Thank you, Giselle! We actually just got tickets to visit Massachusetts for a couple weeks this summer, while Mike is out there for work. Very excited!

  8. All I’m trying to do in May is enjoy being in the states and seeing friends and family. It’s been such a whirlwind already. 2 weeks have flown by!

  9. I love reading your goals and I hope the challenges you are dealing with get less challenging soon. My in-laws are visiting from Botswana next week for the girls’ joint birthday party so we are looking forward to that.

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