Happy New Year! This is a magical one for me. Last year I remember being so happy that 2011 was over and a new year was on the way, because 2011 was an awful, horrible year for me. 2012 has been just as wonderful as I had hoped. Even so, I spent the past year working to lift my mental spirits. Here we are at the beginning of another new year and I feel better than I have in a long time. Yesterday as 2012 came to a close and we welcomed 2013, I could feel the bubbly energy of the new year pulling me in. It was magnetic. Welcoming. Just what it should be.
Looking back, 2012 was full of big and exciting things: we moved, hatched chickens, planted a garden, delved further into homeschooling. So many of my dreams and hopes came to fruition. It was not by accident that any of this happened – I planned, invested the time and energy, and worked hard. I focused on the things I really wanted to do and let go of some of the things that didn’t support my top few priorities. I chose carefully, thoughtfully and wisely about things that required my time and my children’s time. I did my best to set us up to succeed.
In 2013 I’ll build on all of this. I’m still learning about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to myself and my family. One of the biggest changes I have made over the past few years, and have gotten better at every year, is making an effort to put my family first in everything I do. It sounds obvious but it’s not easy to do when there are so many people and influences pulling us this way and that. It takes a solid constitution and a clear vision for me to do it well. This new year will see even more of that.
I welcomed January 1 this year with a morning full of reading, ginger tea, writing thank you notes with the girls, planning meals for the week, dreaming about field trips to take this month, watching Jeff work on the chicken gate, and rounding the chickens up out of the street, back into the yard. Spiced up by occasional interactions with a very sassy seven year old. Tomorrow our vacation ends and we’ll see the return of structure and stability in our daily routine, and that will be good for all of us. When she gets sassy like this, it usually means she’s ready for a new educational challenge.
It would be so much easier if children came with handbooks full of clear, written instructions, wouldn’t it?