It’s the new year. A chance to start fresh and set new goals. I personally love doing this in the fall after summer is over (probably because I am married to an Assistant Principal who is on the school schedule) and partly because the fall is a wonderful time of year to buckle down and get productive. However, the New Year is a perfect time to refresh your thinking and offers a chance to examine what you accomplished the previous year and celebrate! …And also to look ahead and think about all the things you want for yourself and your life in the new year.
This year in themes. Why I don’t make New Years resolutions
Traditionally, Aaron and I have always set goals for the new year. When we make our pilgrimage back to the East coast to spend the last 2 weeks of December with our families and friends we have LOTS of time in the car. It’s when we do our best dreaming. It’s usually on the drive back to Albany from Syracuse after a whirlwind of presents, Italian food and family time that we start chatting about all the things we want to accomplish in the coming year. We are both fortunate to have big loving families but the holidays are always crammed tight with so much eating, socializing, eating, gift giving, drinking, socializing, eating, sitting, talking, eating (you get the point) that naturally our goal setting chats usually revolve around simplifying life and practicing moderation.
Endings mean beginnings are on the way
Life tends to throw you a punch right when you’re feeling good and your momentum is moving. In these moments when our strength is tested we have a choice. It’s in the decisions to persevere that make us grow. Last week we had to say goodbye to our dog Herbie. He was a great friend and part of our family. Continue reading