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Wrap up Your Year and Write New Year Goals

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!

Click for your free PDF to wrap up the year with your kids and look ahead with plans for a new one!

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.

Click for your free download for New Years: A Year in Review

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!”

I loved tubing at Zion.  And climbing Double Butt Cheek Arch.  (laughter erupts)  NOTE:  That would be Double Arch.

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.

Want to try something similar with your kids?  “A Year in Review” is free for subscribers to Not Before 7.  Join our community and receive post updates as well as freebies throughout the year to help you connect with your kids!

Confirm your subscription and you’ll be taken to a welcome page.  All of your freebies are available at the bottom of that page. Thanks for joining in!

If you want a bit more information, you can check out my Facebook page and view the Facebook Live video about this activity.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Lynna @ Homeschooling without Training Wheels December 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Love this idea! I’m not God at remembering to capture these little milestone moments, but this looks doable!

  • Reply Rachel Snowden December 30, 2016 at 9:24 am

    This looks great! I actually signed up to subscribe, but I don’t seem to see any welcome screen. What am I doing wrong?

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com December 30, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Rachel, I sent you the page personally. Hope it works now! Thanks for letting me know.

  • Reply Tina Roman December 30, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    New subscriber to your blog from Pam Barnhill. How do I access the Year In Reveiw?

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com December 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Tina, I sent you an email directly. I hope that helps.

  • Reply Kit December 31, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Year In Review for me, too?? Please 🙂

  • Reply Joanna Lonneman January 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Same question…I subscribed, but now I can’t find the printables for the Year in Review.

    • Reply notbefore7@gmail.com January 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      It was sent to you again. So sorry!

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