This year has been challenging for me. As my kids get older, they are requiring a lot more of my time and attention. They are learning so fast and they need more of my guidance. I've always wanted to give them the best childhood that I can and I'm committed to that more than ever.
It's also been a tough year for me emotionally. My extended family has been broken and torn apart, and after much soul searching and discussion with Calvin, we've decided to just focus on our family and put the past behind us. We will no longer tolerate bad behavior and sweeping things under the rug. Our children deserve better.
I'm ready to put 2009 behind me and work on all the ways we can make 2010 the best year ever! And because I love a theme....I came up with one that explains everything that I want to do.
Here's what I'm going to do and if you like the idea...then I encourage you to make yourself a button (with your family's picture) and join me. The first of every month...I'm going to post my goals for that month. I'm splitting mine into categories....Family Time, Kid Time, Me Time and Couple Time.
Here's an example of what I'm working on for January:
Family Time....quality time together
- Family Outing....Bowling at Fat Cat's
- Game Night...Chutes and Ladders
Kid Time....play and preschool
- Play date with friends
- Visit the library
- Work on sight words
Me Time....cuz if Mama ain't happy....
- Sundance Film Festival
- Read Believe It, Be It by Ali Vincent
- Time for crafting...make a felt pillow
Couple Time....all because two people fell in love
- date night to be announced
I'm determined to make this year happy and positive, and for us to grow closer as a family and as a couple. I've been giving a lot of thought to the kind of mom and wife I want to be and it's time for me to take action. Our kids deserve quality time with us and we have so much to teach them. I want to live intentionally and allow them to grow and thrive. It's my own little happiness project!
Lastly, every month....I want to focus on gratitude. The other night, I was standing in the kitchen drying the dinner dishes and Calvin came in and told me that he thinks I'm a wonderful Mom. I broke down in tears because sometimes I feel like I'm not doing enough and the days slip away from me. In that moment....I was so grateful that I have a loving, thoughtful and generous husband. I'm so thankful for every blessing that has come into my life since meeting him and making him my family. Alex and Mallory are so lucky to have him for a Daddy.
Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi
Okay...so that my plan but I encourage you to make your own to fit your family and your goals. I'd love to have us all link up so we can share ideas and support each other. What do you think?
Just a little reminder: The days are long, but the years are short.....