Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Dec25_AnnaMamaAnother year is rolling in, and it’s time yet again to look back at the year that just flew by so very quickly. The most important event of the year was transition to Kindergarten, and I am happy to see how much Anna is thriving in school. At work I took more responsibilities and now manage a pretty sizeable team distributed all over the world. I get more money, but I also have longer work days, more stress and more work-related travel. Because of that, a lot of our home organization plans fell behind, and very often we both feel that we do a lot of tag-team parenting and barely manage to catch our breaths. We didn’t do as well in an area of exercise and healthy eating as we hoped, and I am grateful that we didn’t end up with anything more serious than an occasional viral cold last year.

Dec29_CASSo what’s up for 2012? I am a planner by nature, so, of course, I have a list. But… I read this blog post recently, A Short Guide to Effortless Learning, and one point really spoke to me. It said, Have no fixed plans and goals. The important part here is fixed. So very often I was disappointed when my fixed plans were not carried out due to lack of time or energy. I would like to be more fluid this year and work with what I have. I would also like to stay more in the moment and to follow my daughter’s interests instead of leading. We’ll see where we end up on this road by the end of the year.

Happy New Year, my blog friends! I hope it will be a healthy, peaceful and abundant year for all of us!

10 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Have a great 2012!

Elise said...

Happy New Year. Wishing you all the very best for 2012.

Starting kindergarten was a main event for us too. It really is a big transition for the whole family isn't it?

Troy often reminds me that the best idea is to have no set plan. Very wise indeed. The minute I have clear expectations of what I hope to achieve I am setting myself up for disappointment.

MaryAnne said...

That book sounds interesting. I'm curious to hear how it goes - and what a fixed plan/goal means?

I hope work calms down a bit for you this year! Somehow...

Love the photo of you and Anna, and the butterfly is also beautiful.

Happy New Year!!!

Thanks for linking up! =)

Debbie said...

You had a lot of huge changes last year. I am hoping that you find a good medium this next year. As you know I have never been one to set goals, just for the same reason, disappointment.

Happy New Year!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The year did go fast! We ended it off with a flu, that I hope isn't going to flow over into the new year - so "no fixed goals" sounds pretty good.

Susan said...

I really liked that blog post too.

I hope you have a very happy and healthy 2012!

Ticia said...

I struggle with the fixed plans as well, it's hard to find a good balance.

Kim said...

Happy New Year! I gave up making resolutions long ago. Fixed plans are not for me! One of my favorite bloggers chooses a word for the year, like courage or faith, and tries to live by it. I'm thinking I might be able to do that...

Susana said...

Oh, I fall into the trap of unmet expectations far too often. I so wish I could be more 'live in the moment'. Maybe a personality flaw, for lack of better words....

What a sweet, beautiful picture of you and Anna. I like it a lot. And, there is the butterfly again. I clicked it and it got bigger :-). It is fabulous!

I could do much better in the healthy eating area myself and know what you mean about being thankful you got nothing more than colds.

I hope your 2012 is all that you want it to be, but I especially hope that you are all healthy and very happy together.

Chris said...

Thanks for linking to my post. The more I work towards just being in the moment and not worrying about having plans that have to be met, the more I notice our days become simpler and flow easier.

I'm really glad to learn about your blog. What a fun past two weeks you've been having!