I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I am not all that into new year resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the freshness that a new year brings. I love having the opportunity to sit back and reflect on the moments we treasured, and also the areas of our life that we could have invested more time in. But rather than set ourselves small tangible goals, I prefer to think about some words that we can focus on during the year ahead.
And this year is no different. Three words, three focuses for our little family.
Adventure. I think this one goes without saying. For when I look back at the year that was, it is the adventures that we took that make me really smile. Holidays, beach days, bike riding, hikes, museum visits…you name it. Getting out of the house and sharing the world with the kids is something that I find so fulfilling, and I just know that they love it too! So this year, our quest for adventure continues! I’ve got a few big plans in mind, and lots of other little things too…
Knowledge. When I was younger, I had voracious appetite for books, writing and learning. I don’t know what happened, perhaps it is the inevitable fatigue that comes with having 3 young kids (?), but I could count the books that I have read in the last 6 years on one hand. It’s sad really. So this year I want to find more time to read, to watch documentaries, and to learn.
Kindness. Over the last year or so, we have trialled various pocket money ideas – but none have really sat right with me. For it seemed as though I was forking out money for jobs the kids should really have been doing anyway – and the cash would just be spent on some trinket that would be lost or forgotten in a manner of days. Or hours. This year we are doing things a little differently. Inspired by the Barefoot Investor, the girls have kindness jars. When we observe them engaging in an act of kindness, they will get a coin to put in one of the jars – with a choice that it can be to spend, to save or to give. I think it will nice for them to see their efforts over the year, and to decide where their collections will ultimately be put towards.
So there you have it! Our family words for 2019! What are your words for the new year?
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The kindness jars are such a great idea.
Love the kindness jars. will definitely be implementing that in our house.
If you are looking for recommendations on what to read, feel free to join mine and my friend’s facebook book group. It is a group where people can share recommendations, post what they like, didn’t like about a book etc. The official description says: A place where friends can discuss books! What are you reading? What would you recommend, or not recommend? What did you like or dislike about a particular book? Is there something that you are looking forward to reading (maybe someone has it and can lend it to you!)? Feel free to add photos and links to books.
It is called The Plot Thickens
Anyway, no pressure, just thought you might be interested. And if you are, please feel free to share with any other book loving friends!
Thanks for the tip! I’ll check it out 🙂