I love the feeling of a fresh start.
The sun comes up and a new day begins. Yesterday is washed away and a clean slate awaits.
There are times that I deeply appreciate the feeling of a new school week. I am ready for five new school days to plan adventures and improve upon the week before.
When I tear a month from our wall calendar and see the fresh one before me, I feel a sense of accomplishment and anticipation. What do I want this month to look like? How do I want it to feel?
Finally, there exists the mother all fresh starts: New Years Day. One year comes to an end and the next 356 days are waiting to be lived!
Reflecting on Last Year
The end of December is a time to reflect and re-evaluate the events of the previous twelve months. As I look ahead to the next twelve, it is a time of wonder, planning, and dreaming. Everything feels like it gets a fresh start.
I love to take my children with me on their own journeys of reflecting and dreaming. To help them evaluate and plan, I print out a single page, “A Year in Review”, for them to complete.
It begins with a snapshot of who they are right now as they record a few of their favorite things.
Then we look back. We sit around the table together, sharing memories of the previous year. I love to hear what they remember.
Remember when the boys got stuck in the bathroom at the Grand Canyon? Yeah. And after mom rescued them she told the next boy in line, “Try not to get stuck!”
Did we go to Sliding Rock this year or last year?
These conversations about our previous year do my heart good. Sometimes I can be hard on myself, but as I listen to my kids laughter and discussion, they remind me of the many good memories that they will take with them.
Writing New Years Goals
In addition to reflecting on the prior year, we set goals and declare our dreams for the year to come. It helps me to know what they would like to do with their time. After all, they are still young enough to rely on me to make most of it happen.
I store our goals in a file folder and I try to remember to bring it out mid-year. I don’t always remember, but it is there to revisit anytime. In fact, it is always fun for us to read our goals from the previous years.
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