Happy 2017! I adore New Year’s Day and the possibilities that lie ahead, putting behind me the mistakes and disappointments of last year, and focusing on the present. Several of my friends pick a focus word for the year, so I decided that I would do that also. It goes along with my vision board (coming in a future post).
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The new year lends itself to goal setting. While talking about New Year’s resolutions, mind a friend suggested that I create a vision board for my 2015 goals. And of course, my five-year-old Maya had to get in on the action too. She picked out a red poster board at the store, and I bought several white poster boards for myself.First I discussed with Maya the purpose of a vision board — that it’s to represent your goals, what you want to be and what you want to happen in 2015 and serve as a visual reminder throughout the year. We combed through old magazines for words and photos that captured our vision. My words were more entrepreneurial: success, freedom, bold. Maya’s words were more random — probably because she can’t read yet, so I helped her find a few appropriate ones: model behavior, beach, and cookbook. I also chose a color scheme for my board — purples, blues and greens that I find peaceful and inspiring. My photos included lush lawns with a pool, flowers, beach escapes, and European cities. Maya chose a couple of cars, several dogs, a pony, a watch, and of course Elsa. After our photos and words were glued/taped on our boards, I used a black Sharpie to add any missing words. My board still needed the words Missions and Family. I was thrilled when Maya asked to add God, Jesus, Happy, and Family to her board. It was a fun project, and although I’m not sure Maya quite understands the purpose of the vision board, we had a blast using scissors, glue, tape and markers. And most important, we enjoyed spending time together talking about our dreams for 2015.
New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. I think it’s because I love fresh starts. It’s like a new notebook the first day of school full of blank pages, page endless possibilities, and ideas yet to be thought. 2014 was a pretty good year for my family. Anthony and I celebrated our first anniversary in April and started foster parenting classes with The CALL. On Mother’s Day, I was honored to be featured in Listen To Your Mother at The Rep. In June, Anthony and I visited England, Belgium, France and Kenya for 16 days. In September, I was in the delivery room when our baby girl that we’re currently fostering was born — I even cut the cord! All our children are healthy and happy and drive us crazy (as they should). We are definitely blessed.
But yet, there’s something magical and mysterious about a new year. It’s not like a do-over — I don’t want to erase the events of 2014. It’s more of the anticipation — how is God gonna top this one kind of thing. I know He has great plans for us in 2015.
Of course I have the usual new year’s resolutions: cut back on my sugar intake, get back into daily walks, and build my Le-Vel Thrive business. But mostly I’m looking forward to possibly adding another child to our family legally and permanently, and spending more quality time with my kids and husband.