Happy New Year 2015!

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Happy New Year! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday and enjoying your break from school. We’re enjoying ours and are a little bummed to know that its end is right around the corner. Still, it will be good to get back into a more normal routine.

Happy New Year

Do you do New Year’s resolutions? I used to until I realized that they’re pretty pointless. I do, however, have some goals I’d like to work toward in 2015. I thought if I shared them publicly, I’d be more accountable.

1. Get my weight back on track. For those of you who may be new to my blog, I started my first truly successful weight-loss journey in 2009, ultimately losing 90 pounds. I maintained that for well over a year, but in 2012 or so, the weight started creeping back on. I have not regained all that I lost, but I have regained more than I’m comfortable with.

I’ve struggled with getting that weight back off. I don’t want to go back to where I was, though, so it’s time to really start making the changes it will take to get it back off. One bonus is that my kids have already started making some healthy changes, eating better and getting more active, so I have some live-in accountability partners.

2. Find a way to serve in my local community. We sponsor children in Kenya (through Compassion International) and Honduras (through International Children’s Initiative) and we support Mercy House Kenya and Fair Trade Friday. I don’t tell you all that to say, “Yay, me!” I tell you because I want to share the organizations with you in case any of them look like causes you’d like to support.

I am so happy that we are in a position to support each of those organizations, however, I’d really like to find a local organization to support, either financially or through volunteer work. I have felt for several months that there is something God wants me to do locally. I just haven’t figured out what it is yet. I pray that 2015 is when I figure out what it is.

3. Include more fun in our homeschool. We’ve kind of gotten in a rut, focusing on the basics. I want to do more art, more field trips, and more of the fun stuff we see online. I’m thinking of setting aside one or two Fridays a month for fun, hands-on learning projects that may not fit into our regular schoolwork – those things that are great learning opportunities, but don’t really have anything to do with what we’re studying.

I really want to do the blackout poetry project I mentioned before Christmas and I’ll be referencing my own list of 100 Hands-On Projects for Middle School and High School. And there is also the cool, online art class that we totally procrastinated on. I’ll just consider us ahead for next fall.

I may think of some more to add to my list, but those are the ones that are on my mind today as I ring in the New Year.

What about you? What are your goals for 2015?

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Happy 2015, Kris! I wish you every success with your goals. I too would like to get around to doing more hands-on projects. (Funny, I’ve never heard of anyone look back and say “I wish we’d done more of the basics”!) Your 100 projects list will be perfect for us.

    1. That’s true – it’s the fun, hands-on stuff we always wish we’d done more of. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  2. I Have been studying food for years due to me suffering from severe colon isues. The Best “lifestyle” pertaining to food I have come across is the PALEO diet. Half of my family is strictly PALEO and the other half is PRIMAL (consumes small amounts of dairy). Basically we explain our food choices by comparing them to what Adam and Eve ate after the garden. We have learned this year that PALEO is so important to living a healthy lifestyle after we became so busy, we deviated from our diet some and would eat starchy foods and bread when we had to eat out. We own a business and this last year was hard to juggle for me, working long hours, after not even working at our company, except the taxes, for 8 yrs, and juggle HS too. We slipped up and I landed in the hospital again with severe colitis. I has taken over 6 months and I’m still trying, to get my belly sorted out. I can tell you for sure, I will net be deviating again. Prior to becoming ill again, i was a healthy weight, i was full of nice muscle, my skin and it’s color was good, and I had tons of energy. I Cannot afford to be down because we not only own a business and homeschool, but we have are homesteaders too. We have now adjusted my schedule to where I can work half at our office and half at home so I can have OUR foods accessible for me to make. I would suggest looking into it. Most of the food items are quick to make and delicious. Good luck on your weight adventure!!! I totally understand falling off the wagon. I am now fully motivated NOT to fall off again….

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