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By now the dust has settled on All The Big Plans, and we’re left looking at a more realistic view of 2017. Whether your big plans for the year are well underway, were already abandoned, or haven’t been considered, we’re at a perfect point to reflect.
1. What is one small thing, if you accomplish it in 2017, that will make you feel successful?
I’ve mentioned before my tendency as a perfectionist to have grand plans and then give up at the first sign of trouble. It feels better for me to have some super basic hopes. That’s pretty much the opposite of everything every written about “shooting for the stars” and goal setting in general, but it’s how I roll.
Ultimately I want to “create a home that my kids want to come home to.” (I read that in a book somewhere and put in on a post-it. Unfortunately I did not cite the source on the post-it, since I was just putting it on my cupboard for inspiration. Now I know for next time.) That means working on creating a culture and establishing traditions that move us in that direction.
In shirking all guidance about goal setting, my “one small thing” is neither specific nor measurable. Yay me.
I suppose I could break it down:
- Using our pickle jar of questions at supper as a family.
- Spending Saturday nights as family game/family movie night.
- Avoiding social media during the day in order to be present with the kids. (So tough!!!)
- Breaking the yelling habit. (So tougher!!!)
- Being more of a Yes Mom.
- Reading aloud to the kids for 10 minutes every day.
- Not replacing the broken TV and remaining a TV-less family.
- TBD (Some sort of yet undetermined activity/craft/unit study that will make my kids best friends forever.)
All those are doable. But. They. Take. Effort. Every. Day. If we get to December 2017 and I’ve trudged along in these little things, I have no doubt that my family will be better for it. And that’s success.
2. Have you picked a “word of the year” or patron saint of the year?
(Visit http://saintsnamegenerator.com/ if you’d like to find a saint!)
At first I didn’t want to pick a word. In October I picked the theme of “happiness” for my Write31Days series, and it didn’t end well. Cee started a flare and my grandma died. Okay, I’m not saying that I jinxed the month, but it sure was hard to focus on being happy in my happy month. Makes me hesitant to stick myself with a word lesson FOR A WHOLE YEAR.
I’m kidding. Mostly.
I picked the word “Joy” for 2017, so I have to be mostly kidding. I actually appreciated how thinking about happiness guided my thoughts that month, but I decided that “joy” was a much more worthy focus for the upcoming year.
After settling on “joy” a week or so ago, I was reading my Well Read Mom book of the month, I Believe in Love.
This quote jumped out at me.
“Do you think you are a joy for Jesus?”
Ummm. Yes? No? Sort of?
The funny thing is that there isn’t a single thing I can *do*. It’s about choosing love and accepting mercy. I want this very much! Much more pondering is necessary.
My saint this year is St. John of the Cross, “discerned” from the website above. Let me do a little brain dump with everything I know about him.
St. John of the Cross
St. Teresa of Avila
I just did a quick search and found that he’s the patron saint of mystics, Spanish poets, and contemplative life. While that doesn’t seem to be an obvious match for my circumstances, I look forward to learning more. And maybe writing some Spanish poetry. Wait…I feel…some…bubbling up…from…the depths…of my high school español:
Tengo un poquito gato,
Un perro no es not-o.
Come muchos peces,
Casi todos meses.
(Translation from massacred Spanish to English:
I have a tiny cat, a dog he is not. He eats many fishes, almost all the months.
It rhymes-ish in Spanish. We’ll see if St. John of the Cross manages that in *his* poetry. Somebody find me a mic to drop…)
Seriously, though, it looks deep. Intimidatingly deep. We’ll see how this year goes.
3. What are you looking forward to in 2017?
In facing chronic illness, we’ve learned not to set our hearts on any one activity. There have been many times we’ve had to skip important or fun events, so we try to take every day as it comes and be content in the now.
If I had to nail something down…Moe getting a little less crazy? Maybe Bea getting potty trained? (There’s a stretch goal for you.) We’ve got a family wedding coming up, and David and I are getting a new goddaughter on Saturday (!!!). Those are all lovely look-forward-ables.
Oooh! The warm weather. I can’t wait for the kids to be able to play outside in the sunshine again.
I’m also looking forward to getting through a big stack of grownup books thanks to my library card. <3 <3 <3
I’ve been reading all the “2016 finished book” lists and “2017 goal book” lists that appear around this time of year and making my own. Worth publishing my own or not? Hmmm. At any rate, I’ll be stealing several reads from Jen and Anne.
What about you? Share you answers or a link to your answers (being sure to link back here!) below. 🙂
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January 24: Library Haul
January 31: JEI: Romance Edition!
– How did you meet your spouse? or How did you know your spouse was “the one?”
– What’s your ideal date? or What’s your funniest dating story?
– What couple from literature, TV, or the movies best mirrors you and your spouse?
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