I Choose Happy.
I like setting goal and I love the idea of a new year being a fresh start. The phrase "I choose happy" has been dancing around in my mind now for the past three months or so. I repeat it to myself often and therefore I am making it official: For the foreseeable future this will be my goal, mantra, whatever you want to call it.
I choose happy.
Happiness is largely a state of mind. This isn't to say that things are never hard or never sad. Despite the wonderful people and adventures that filled most of our days in 2014, we also moved across the country in about the most difficult way possible (short of goal rush era caravans), dealt with my declining health that rears its ugly head at the most inconvienent of times, and lived with two three year olds. (Note: regardless of what everyone says about two year olds, it is the three year olds that are the most challenging!) However, to me it was a good year. I choose to look at the blessings that are plentiful in our life. I choose to embrace the moments I feel full of energy. And I choose to surround myself by the people and things that make me feel more happy. It is not a perfect system. I am certainly not perfect and there are days and moments where I falter, but this is the goal.
I choose happy.
When thinking about our new year and what I wanted to accomplish and try and experience I kept this main goal in mind. I have various personal goal just for me, but in terms of our homeschooling and Bambini Travel world - these are my goals for 2015.
January. Make Big Art and Enjoy the Process rather than Worry about the Mess
Large art is in a special category. In the past we have allowed our infants to crawl across a room covered in paint and paper, throw apples and balls around the dining room, and painted a shower curtain. We will try at least 2 new BIG art ideas this year.
February. Visit One New State
Nick and I started working on visiting all 50 states in the US before we had kids. We still have a ways to go, but plan to check one more off this month. Visiting new places is one of my most favorite of things to do.
March: Plant Something and Watch it Grow
We did a little planting last year, but this year I’d like to make a real effort to have each of us plant something, care for it, and watch it grow. I think we're going to focus on herbs. I have tried flowers at various points in my life and despite the fact that I generally like flowers, I am simply not that interested in growing them. Growing, picking, and using fresh basil in our kitchen on the other hand, yes please.
April: Dance and Sing
Make time daily to dance and sing. Learn more about different kinds of music and dance. Read books about dance and sing. Go on at least one music or dance adventure. I'll share some ideas about this in April, but I have a feeling this is a goal we'll be working on all year. I find when our house is filled with music it is always a happier place.
May: Publish a Book
This has been a dream of mine for a while and I'm hoping that getting it down in writing will help to make it happen this year. Update: The Bambini Field Guide was made available for sale on Amazon May 28!
June: Find a Hiking Spot
One of the things I miss more than anything about central Wisconsin is having spots like this one moments from our front door. Finding a new spot for hiking is high on my list for this year.
July: How to Plan a Family Road Trip
Summer seems like a great time to go on a road trip. I have some ambitious plans for July and August. Stay tuned.
August: How to Choose Happy Even When It is Hard
Original Goal: Much like northerners figure out ways to brave the cold, we are going to figure out ways to brave the heat this summer in MS. EDITED GOAL : Find happy again.
September: Homeschool Goals
We have decided to homeschool at least until our kids are 5, so starting in September we will kick off our second year of homeschooling and will need to set some new goals. It probably sounds a little strange to make a goal to make goals, but there it is.
October: 30 Days of Learning Through Adventure
We have done this the past two years and I love the way it forces me to rethink our time and our environment outside, however the focus of my blog has gradually shifted more and more towards learning through adventure. This year I'm going to host my first blog hop to celebrate this important part of learning and childhood.
November: Celebrate Picture Book Month
We love to fill our bookshelf with picture books. This November we will explore new authors, share favorites and literacy activities, and go on at least one book inspired adventure.
December: Utilize Our Advent Tree
We have an adorable Advent tree. It is wooden with lovely little drawers in bright cheerful colors. Before we had kids, we put little pieces of chocolate in it and took turns opening a drawer. Then we had children and after we survived the first year with twins, we discovered one of our kids had a dairy allergy. No chocolate kisses in the drawers for them. So it sat there for 3 more years. In 2015, we are going to use it as part of our 25 Days of Christmas.
And if half way through the year, some of these things aren't working, then I choose to change, alter, or tweak them.
I Choose Happy.
Do you have goals for the new year??
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