Happy New Year! 2014 was a year of finding peace for my family – adjusting to living in a new place and learning to make a new career for Mike work for our family. For 2015, I have something a little more fun planned as my word of the year:
In 2015, I want to focus on the energy, resilience, and fun that the word bounce brings to mind – particularly when paired with bouncing balls. I want this to be a year where my family thrives. We spent December quietly, building emotional and physical reserves, and I feel like we are greeting the new year with renewed energy. To help maintain this focus, I am swapping over from themes to character traits that I want our family to work on in 2015.
Setting Goals Month by Month in 2015: Building Character Traits
In 2015, my focus will be on these four character traits:
- Thankful: This is really just a new name for my gratitude theme, but one that is a bit more accessible for my children.
- Curious: Because education can lead people to focus on academic learning, and there are a lot of different ways to learn, but you won’t learn if you aren’t curious.
- Helpful: A more child-accessible version of my responsibility theme.
- Kind: Kindness is a very important theme in our home. This is partially a more child-friendly version of last year’s responsibility theme, but also more since it means focusing on ways to make our world a kinder, gentler place.
The changes are partially created because, after setting goals on my own for years, I think that Emma, Johnny, and Lily are all ready to start focusing on goals on a very basic level. I don’t know if their goals will show up on this blog (that is up to them – they always have a say about what goes on the blog and what stays in our home), but it is an activity we will be doing as a family every month. Today they are using this New Years printable I made to set an overarching theme for their year – either a word (as I have done) or something more concrete. The choice is up to them.
Setting Goals for January 2015
Here are my goals for January – because I get things done one month at a time:
- Continue organizing and de-cluttering our home – Mike and I have both been working on that during this break. Character traits: helpful and thankful
- Continue working on Johnny’s school situation. Character traits: curious and helpful
- Get thank you letters written for Johnny’s birthday party and child-written letters to teachers (these were both meant to happen in December and didn’t). Themes: thankful and kind
- Make plans for Emma’s birthday party in February and get invitations out. Character traits: thankful
Are you choosing a word for 2015? Which one? Will you join us in setting monthly goals in 2015?