As I (and my kids) grow older, I get more giddy with each new year that creeps up on us.
As much as I love decorating the house for Christmas, by the end of the holiday season, I’m grateful to tuck it all away, clean the house, and start a fresh year with a clean slate. The house always seems so much bigger and the possibilities for what’s to come seem endless.
This year is no exception. I’ve been counting down the days since Christmas to this very moment. Saying goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 is something I’m ready for. Not because there’s anything I’m overly eager to sweep away, but because I’m overly eager to see what is in store. If you know me, you know I’m a big believer in lists, and writing down my goals, our goals, fits nicely in my list writing obsession.
In 2013, I did make one of those blessing jars, where I’d tuck a little note inside each time we had a sweet moment creep into our day to day life. I’m looking forward to pulling that out tonight, reading each little token, & just remembering what was. & tonight I want to turn my goal setting into a family tradition. The kids might not really understand the concept just yet, but I’ll do my best to explain it and help them come up with a goal for the year ahead. Oh, and yes, Mike, too.
I had also chosen a word for 2013 to live by. My word was stop, and you can see why here. Did I live up to it? Maybe, maybe not. It’s kind of hard to judge yourself on something so wide & open as a single word. But, if I were to pick a word again this year? Joy.
My biggest personal goal this year is to find joy in every moment. & mostly I plan on taking cues from my children when it comes to seeking joy in the most ordinary moments because I know they are pros at this.
Resolutions or not, this year will be a good year, I can feel it. Do you have resolutions? Goals? Something else?
And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give me a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.