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‘Tis the season for setting goals and making plans! Whether you set resolutions or pick a word or phrase for the year, a new year inspires everyone to do SOMETHING. Sort of like fresh snow begs you to trod through it, or a new planner needs to be written in.
In the spirit of making new goals and planning a new year, here are 3 things I’m doing differently in 2019.
One: I want to slow down.
The world spins at an increasingly frantic pace. Smartphones and the internet have given us the ability to remain perpetually connected. This year I want to focus on disconnecting. Ironic to be sharing this online, I know.
But my kids will have the rest of their lives to be connected and running at full speed. They only have one childhood. This year I want to focus on helping them enjoy things like running barefoot outside, and making mud pies. Set my agenda aside to further their childhood.
Two: Get to know my community
My husband and I moved to our town because we loved the way it felt. I used to drive up here as a kid/teenager for haircuts with my grandmother. It holds lots of good memories.
It’s also full of fun opportunities. We’ve discovered a couple of parks we love, and this year I want to discover more! My goal is to try out the family friendly restaurants, and know which parks are best for which occasion. I will admit this is not my forte. I’m a homebody by nature, and I don’t always have the mental energy to take 3 kids places alone. But it’s a challenge that I want to tackle.
Three: Grow my circle of friends
Since moving to Colorado, my circle of friends has shrunk dramatically. When we moved again two years ago, it shrunk even more. I aim to change that. My kids need more play dates and I need more mama friends.
Making friends has never come natural to me. Even as a child, I was always the kid sitting in the corner with a book. This is one of the (many) ways my kids have forced me to stretch and grow.
How well I accomplish these goals remain to be seen, but they’re set! I welcome any advice y’all want to share in order to be successful. Or just share your goals for 2019!