As we wrap up 2016, I have been thinking about all that has transpired in 2016. This has been an amazing year in so many ways, I started writing my book and some blog posts. In June, I came across a webinar and met an online coach that offered to answer one question for free. This led to more questions and I launched this blog before I felt I was even ready to do something like this. It was scary and exciting all at the same time, I wasn’t sure if my thoughts would be read by anyone.
I am so thankful that you have joined me on this journey. As I think about what I want to share that may benefit you, it has helped me to reflect on what I am doing in my life and how I am doing it. And although I haven’t met most of you in person, it gives me great joy to know that I have people that can relate to me and my family’s experiences.
2016 has been a year filled with great highs and a few incredible lows. Instead of forgetting that the lows ever happened, I choose not to dwell on them but to look at them as learning points and a measurement of how much I have learned about how to handle challenges that come.
I have spent the last week thinking about what goals I want to set for 2017. My family is my main priority and with 3 children there are a lot of distractions in my life. My word of the year for 2017 is “focus”. I plan to keep this word in mind throughout the year so that I keep what is important to me at the forefront rather than get distracted by the many things that come up each day which may cause me to lose my focus.
Keeping focused on what matters most…
I want to focus my time each day on what matters most to me. I want my days with my family to be meaningful rather than spent going through the motions of the day to day activities without building our relationships and helping to shape them into the amazing people that they are. I want them to grow up with beautiful memories of time spent together and to really crave family time even when the pull of other things and people as they grow up arise. I hope that my children will be kind and helpful and will look out for each other as well as for others.
All these things take time. My time – the precious time it takes to really focus on them and teach them by example and spending time to bond with them. Taking an interest in what they’re interested in is one of the greatest ways I have found to build this connection. My daughter Callia loves the group Pentatonix so I listened to their music with her and downloaded some of their songs on my phone. After we sing our usual bedtime lullabies, I play one of her favorite songs “Hallelujah” and we sing it together and this has brought us both such joy to end the night on such a happy note. I want each of my children to go to bed with that warm fuzzy feeling each night.
Do you reflect on the year that has passed and set goals for the new year? What is your process for this?
I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!